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 Category:  Commentary and Philosophy Poetry
  Posted: August 8, 2020      Views: 92

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Once upon a time I was harsh but time has worn me down and taught me; empathy is not a weakness. ~ Jack (Elchupakabra)

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Be nice and never stop learning :)
"Enfleurage" by elchupakabra
slick, acerbic tongue, whiplash, gash
non-returnable if empty
better to let it fester than to hash
it out in reality

i often wonder
what became
of my brothers
lost all the same
the truth
is the light
ruthless youth
in the darkness
re-focus, Harkness

harness your courage and encourage
willing followers to yearn
extracting knowledge, like enfleurage
soaking in, ready to learn

Rhyming Poetry Contest contest entry


Author Notes
Couple a notes

1. Enfleurage is a process that uses odorless fats that are solid at room temperature to capture the fragrant compounds exuded by plants. The process can be "cold" enfleurage or "hot" enfleurage. (trying out a new simile here)

2. Harkness table - The Harkness table, Harkness method, or Harkness discussion is a teaching and learning method involving students seated in a large, oval configuration to discuss ideas in an encouraging, open-minded environment with only occasional or minimal teacher intervention.

3. The contest didn't really state if I had to follow a specific rhyme scheme, it just said the poem had to rhyme. So I sort of played with the actual formatting a bit.

4. All capitalization choices were on purpose, especially 'i'

5. This piece is about encouraging the people around you to learn rather than using your knowledge to debase them (something I was personally guilty of in my youth). Learning should be a shared, open experience, even when people disagree. This is too often lost in today's world.

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