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Does it Matter


Johanna Albee

Does it matter how eloquently words are joined together
More than the feelings they stir?

Does it matter if the words being used are simple or sophisticated
If your heart is touched and your mind beautifully intoxicated?

So much emphasis is placed on the complex and new
That buried underneath the elaborate lies the simple and true.

Sad is the moment when poetry becomes the competition
of rarely used adjectives in the English language.
When heartfelt writings are considered mundane.
When a poet is a master of words, rather than a speaker for the soul.

I believe that within every heart there lies a poet--
Within every soul lies a melody--
Hear the melody in simplicity--
Let the heart see poetry in the unskilled hand.

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