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Bob Dylan “Blowin’ In The Wind”

Here is a piece that was written by arguably the most influential poet of the late 20th Century. I used to perform it — a lot — in the late 60’s and 70’s. So simple. So powerful. So pertinent right now. It deals not just with war and social injustice. More importantly, it deals metaphorically with truth as an undeniable fundamental, and of seeing what is truly happening around you.

“Blowin’ In The Wind”

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

–Bob Dylan

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“Tonight” by Michael Graves

Tonight, the dead will remain dead.
And we, my love
aloft with life, shall reign
vibrant and shining, while
breath remains within us.
Glowing like two coals born of
incipient fire, bathed in recombinant light.
Memories of another time
sent to a place away, and told
to be still.
For tonight, the dead will remain dead.

–Graves 6/7/14

I am happy to announce that my book “Messages in a Bottle: Communications to My Future Self” took one of the top awards given by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in 2018. Find out more about it, and about my book “Reflections on a Crystal Wind” at:

https://www.michaelgravespoet.com/

DOWNLOAD A FREE E-BOOK OF MY POETRY! (it’s easy):

1) Just click this link. https://hugohousepublishers.com/…/messages-bottle-paperback/

2) Then, click on the button that says: Free E-Book “A Glimpse Beyond”.

3) Download onto your phone, iPad or computer. “A Glimpse Beyond” downloads in Kindle, iBooks and other formats for your convenience.

Copyright © 2014 by Michael Graves, All Rights Reserved, except the right to forward and to share with friends – with credit — which is held to be a good idea and is thus encouraged.

Find more of Michael Graves’ poetry on MeWe at:
https://mewe.com/p/michaelgraves-poet

And on Instagram at: #mg_poet

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“Different Doors” by Michael Graves

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“Different Doors”

Art is a competitive event
only among fools.

Do not concern yourself with those
who create what you do not. No matter
the brilliance of their light.
For they do not create
as you would create.

There is no competition among artists.
There are only different doors.
Other roads.
Windows that open
onto a different land.

The world that you create
is yours. And its vistas
are like no others.

Share it
or not.
It is your decision.
And only yours.

Do not be concerned
that what you create
will be less than that
of another – or more.

For in that direction lies
only death; or worse:
the decision to not create.

You are born of the raging winds
the mirrored pool
and the winding road that never ends.
You reside in that highest place
that looks out on vistas
which only you can see.

You are the only one
who will bring them home.
Or not.
As you decide.

–Graves 8/7/15

I am happy to announce that my book “Messages in a Bottle: Communications to My Future Self” took one of the top awards given by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in 2018. Find out more about it, and about my book “Reflections on a Crystal Wind” at:

https://www.michaelgravespoet.com/

DOWNLOAD A FREE E-BOOK OF MY POETRY! (it’s easy):

1) Just click this link. https://hugohousepublishers.com/…/messages-bottle-paperback/

2) Then, click on the button that says: Free E-Book “A Glimpse Beyond”.

3) Download onto your phone, iPad or computer. “A Glimpse Beyond” downloads in Kindle, iBooks and other formats for your convenience.

Copyright © 2015 by Michael Graves, All Rights Reserved, except the right to forward and to share with friends – with credit — which is held to be a good idea and is thus encouraged.

Find more of Michael Graves’ poetry on MeWe at:
https://mewe.com/p/michaelgraves-poet

And on Instagram at: #mg_poet

The image is copyrighted by its owner. I have no idea who this is, and no infringement is intended. I did a search on tineye.com and was unable to locate any attribution information. If you know of any, I would appreciate finding out about it. Thanks!