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a poet’s duty

is to speak

and be heard;

at first,

i was trying to sound

like me,

i was trying to pick

the words that i felt

were truest to

the person i was,

and in doing so,

i defeated my purpose,

because my writing

is just as much about

you

as it is

me –

i understand now

the poet’s sacrifice

is to free

the word from the world,

to release the soul of humanity

and the expression of joy,

i understand now

the poet’s duty

is to sing

the mind of the people,

to capture the spirit of reality

and the movement of history,

i understand

why, Neruda, porque

cuando la palabra

no tiene dueño,

nace la verdad

-j

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