Once in a while, you come across a poem that takes your breath away. This poem was brought to my attention my Jane Basil.

POEM FOR EVERYONE

I will present you
parts
of myself
slowly
if you are patient and tender.
I will open drawers
that mostly stay closed
and bring out places and people and things
sounds and smells,
loves and frustrations,
hopes and sadnesses,
bits and pieces of three decades of life
that have been grabbed off
in chunks
and found lying in my hands.
they have eaten
their way into my memory,
carved their way into
my heart.
altogether
– you or I will never see them –
they are me.
if you regard them lightly,
deny that they are important
or worse, judge them
I will quietly, slowly,
begin to wrap them up,
in small pieces of velvet,
like worn silver and gold jewelry,
tuck them away
in a small wooden chest of drawers

and close.

John T. Wood

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