Paleontology: Terza Rima for Mindful Poetry Contest #20 MP2012 Gather Writing Essential Thursday SunWE

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I am more than what has happened to me;

I am what I decide to make of it.

Yet those who don’t study their history


Are doomed, the saying goes, to repeat it.

Like the Grand Canyon, I’ve been carved by time;

Like David, I’ve been shaped by art and wit,


My fossil layers bared by wind and rime,

My chiseled veins exposed for you to see.

As thin and worn down as a silver dime,


The once-bright face of Lady Liberty

Rubbed smooth by every finger on my skin,

The scars I wear, no more in stark relief,


Still show me as the soldier I have been.

Not a prisoner of history,

A student of the enemy within,


If I am ever to be truly free,

I must not forget what it is I flee.


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