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September 3, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Take 2: Local writer’s poem on the Super Bowl, and more

BY RONALD JORGENSEN

XLVIII is a 13-line prose note that grew poetic. It was written before Super Bowl XLVIII:

What is the Super Bowl? No matter how

super, it’s still just bowl … and we want more,

the whole sphere from half to full, our globe

that holds us one, Broncos and Hawks, and all

the teeming travelers on spaceship earth —

this green and blue heaven our parched hearts

find thirst fulfilling, each teen and social of lassies

and lads, grands and parents, babies’ eyes

that pierce our disguises beyond hearts to the soul;

our friends, the majestic trees, we weep to see

abused, the seas our summer beaches awe,

our mountain summits, their shoulders splendidly rising;

our mystery of love, its tender reach

of hands holding us close, though knowing our future

is more than we can ever say or sing.

In gratitude we watch a Super Bowl …

a hawk, a horse, a moon that never sets

until we see

our fullness, freeness, truth and love to be.

Ronald Jorgensen, 77, has been writing since 1954 and has been a poet by 1962.  He went to college at Washington State University, then did a year’of graduate study at Harvard.  He lives in Enumclaw, where he teaches Tai Chi and yoga, listens to music and hikes near Mount Rainier.

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