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Robert Stone: A sonnet for my birthday

That all is not my own: a sonnet for my birthday
by Robert Stone
I need some explanation good enough
to satisfy my wishes unfulfilled
and keep my expectations strong and tough
so I will make it up as best Iím skilled.

When criticism comes I often choose
to claim each accusation as true fault
and greet denunciations as old news
so I can limit spread and call the halt.

When praises boost I must remember well
to realize that all is not my own
and carefully acknowledge what friends tell
so I can watch against pride overgrown.

Most wonderful are words that stir the mind
from places intellect will never find,
~ Robert Stone, 5 February 2018

This story was posted on 2018-02-06 02:47:00
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