Raindrop Clock iii

he first learned reading to understand
aged eleven
when his boarding school nun
allowed him to read a news article in which his mom
the queen regnant had to stand trial in a supreme court to defend
what she had rightly earned

an early taste in success and opposition
he’d always read but without the experience to comprehend
all that he found so interesting in the pages
but now he was aware of the frightening reality that inspires stories
it was revealing

some glory he has seen since
also much of the gory he has observed
but unafraid he’s become
because in the flow he rinses self
so that now to read, write, or live he’ll never stop – God forbid!

© Heath Muchena, 2016


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