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Ode to Joy — after Schiller


o friends

let us let go

of the rocks let us each take a leaf

from the ground

let us each take a leaf and let it

rest for a breath

let us each take a leaf and let it

float on the breeze

let us each hold a leaf let it tremble

in the wind from a whisper

let us watch the unseeable threads

grow each toward the other

let us raise our hands toward the sun

let us lift every leaf and sing

let us be the tree we know we can be

let us lie down in the leaves to listen

let us listen to every rock

let us listen to the spark of creation

o friends

joy is ours

Susan Charkes, a former longtime resident of Doylestown Borough and Plumstead Township, writes for the Bucks County Herald and River Towns Magazine. Her poetry chapbook, sp. is available from The Operating System. She has published poems, fiction and nonfiction in a variety of outlets. More at

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