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by Marvin Kinnison © 1982

An unknown man from far away
came slipping in one day,
to lure me from my ignorance
with promises of play.

His promises of wisdom's wine,
the pleasures it would bring,
of luxuries and lusts fulfilled,
were songs which I would sing.

For time, and times and half a time
I learned the melodies.
But more than that could not be learned.
There were no harmonies.

No harmonies. The notes were harsh.
I sang the songs alone.
So after time, and times and half,
I gave up all I'd known.

I told the man from far away
that he had lied to me.
I asked a man I'd known before,
I asked Him on my knees,

if He would teach me how to sing
a song with harmony.
a song that anyone could learn
to truly be set free.

And so He taught me on that day,
a song that never ends.
With a harmony for everyone.
The melody for Him.

This poem won first place for the November 2020 poetry contest

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