Take Leave by Bruce Michael Foley


take leave

take leave of your security
give it up to chance
there is a new day on the wind
where every ending must begin
there a beggar hopes in need
every cripple dreams to dance

take leave of your hypocrisy
give it all away
there is a saint down on death row
where every inmate would forgo
there every moment plants a seed
every killer kneels to pray

take leave of your audacity
give it to the meek
there is a sinner on the jury
where every face looks just like yours
there every mother makes her plea
every son your mercy seeks

indexI was born across the bridge from Boston, Massachusetts, in Cambridge, as July 4th fireworks exploded over the Charles River, just a stone’s throw from Harvard University. At age two, my family moved to Somerville, Ma.,where I was raised in a rough blue-collar environment, playing many sports. In 1998 I relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. Here, I work among special needs children and teach martial arts. Poetry began in high school, but took off in a more dedicated way in later years, along with resuming music studies, guitar. My poems are published in various anthologies; including Impressions, Prism, and the Mighty Voices Of Thunder Series, sponsored by the international poetry website, “Allpoetry.” I was a featured poet in Lyrical Somerville February 2015, a Boston based publication, as well as being an “Editor’s Front Page Pick,” for the month of March 2016 on Allpoetry. A defining moment that contributed significantly to further interest in writing was a First Place Award from the International Poetry Fellowship, for my poem, “Among Fields of Cotton.” Presently, I am happy to have the opportunity to explore various forms of poetry with Mr. Bruce Isaacson, Poet Laureate of Clark County Nevada.

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