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THE ANTIQUE DESK, by            
First Line: This maimed antique still holds
Last Line: By time and scars and truth.
Subject(s): Antiques; Furniture; Nostalgia; Past; Youth


This maimed antique still holds
In vibrant melodies
Full many a dream.
Its face is marred
And splotched with ink.
Black scratches ream
Where some too fervid pen
Once drummed out rhythms
On the ways of men:
An ode to sacrifice,
A song for toil,
A chant for war,
A lay for common good;
The balladry of swains,
The sonnetry of kings,
A threnody ...
A psalm of peace!

This maimed antique still holds
The visioning of youth—
Embellished and embossed
By time and scars and truth.





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