A crooked line pointing past these
given answers
once so definitive

A crooked man a
shameless slavemaster
becomes the source
the author
of a freedom that

Sets the world on fire

Jefferson in his study
his books
his silhouettes
his inventions

A seeming guileless hypocrisy
this crooked mountain man
pointing us on
past the answers

To the questions
if asked
will bring us to the
self-evident truths

That will make us
who we are–who he was–meant to be

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20 Responses to Jefferson

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  3. Jingle says:

    magical word painting..
    enjoyed the imagery..
    thanks for sharing.

  4. cloakedmonk says:

    Those “self-evident” truths are a little murkier 200+ years later, aren’t they! Thanks for the thoughts.

    ~Terri, aka the Cloaked Monk

  5. 1MereMortal says:

    A deeply thought provoking poem…self evident truths…excellent write Thank you for sharing.

  6. Truth in the form of a poem. Well done.

  7. the opening line grabs me…

  8. danroberson says:

    Self-evident truths that did not apply at that time but grew in importance. Crooked lines, shameless slavemaster, sets the world on fire. This poem is thought provoking and well written.

  9. siubhan says:

    a provocatively written portrait. “pointing us on/ past the answers…” tight wordplay.

  10. frayedges says:

    I had to read it twice. The last line really struck me. How beautiful if we could all become what we were meant to be.

  11. very good poem, thanks for sharing

  12. Shaun says:

    a very nice, thought-provoking, and historical poem. much appreciated.

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