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muscle will not save you:
years, or waiting, or a moment's accident -

brain will not save you:
shadows behind the eyes -

men lay stone
and other men
unlay them;
all personal accounts
end with a healer's testament
of time, and cause, and hopelessness -
wind in the grasses -
behind thin, high clouds,
the cycles of the southward-wending sun -

if your simple treasure is the love you chose,
you have a welcome for
the visitor in the night,

yet then, your only hope will scatter all you hope:
no stay will be granted for the flesh -

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The following comments are for "Angel of Darkness, Angel of Light"
by johnlibertus

Angel of understanding
Dear John,

Thank you for this deep and profound piece. It is written in such an unusual way and I found it to be so thought provoking. Please share more with me about how you came to write poetry and develop your style. I am fascinated!

( Posted by: Chanti [Member] On: November 13, 2003 )

Chanti, email me at, and I'll be glad to respond at length.

( Posted by: johnlibertus [Member] On: November 13, 2003 )

windy plains
This reminded me of the Great Plains (which encompass part of the state I call home), very full of ancient-feeling knowledge. I think you could stand to be a bit less vague, but all in all I enjoyed this read, as usual with your work. =D

( Posted by: Darkshine Raven [Member] On: November 13, 2003 )

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