A Pair of Poems by Steven Sloan

Characters Of Lead

Some people, to be politic,
Keep heavy words inside their head.
But, the full weight of such a word
Won’t dissipate when it’s not said.
Too, the lighter words they pick
Will seem as though they each have shed
Their meaning, since they will be heard
To name the famished as well-fed,
Or call dead-soil a flowering bed,
Instead of what all plainly see.
So, don’t set light lies in truth’s stead
As there’s a cost you will incur–
The irksome weight of truths unsaid!
For records of hypocrisy
Are writ in characters of lead
Which chafe one’s mind, you may be sure,
And make life something to endure.

The Broken Reed

Some lives are like the broken reed
Which in the bleakest winds has sighed
And whistled at what Fate decreed
So as to stoically elide
A future it has not agreed
Should be the one to which it’s tied.
It does not beg Grim Fate, nor plead
For the future He has denied,
Believing in the chance to lead
Its wanted life with Fate defied.

About Steven M. Sloan

Prof. Steven M. Sloan is a scholar, teacher, and poet who has been widely anthologized, as well as widely published in poetry magazines, journals, and newspapers. He is a graduate of the University Of Wisconsin – Whitewater (where he was a member of the Editorial Board for its poetry publication: The Muse), and is also a graduate of the University Of Wisconsin – Madison. he has done many different jobs including college prof., factory worker, swimming instructor & lifeguard, as well as working in cancer research. He is the author of Multiple books or pamphlets of poetry & remains committed to the art. The editor of Columbia Publications has said of him that he is, “a talented poet” whose work, “touches upon many topics and emotions,” and that, “his imagery is characteristically spectacular, as well as thought evoking (Lana M. Wegeng, Editor).” Dana Minor, Editor of the poetry journal: Sublime Odyssey, has said that, “Sloan has a definite capacity for ringing phrases.” Ester Cameron, Editor of The Deronda Review, & The Neovictorian, has said that at their best his lyrics, “have almost a 17th century quality, like Lovelace, Herrick, or Suckling.” He currently lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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