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“Light as a Breeze”

Sharing Stories

Elmer is in the low left corner of the class group at Greenwood Sr. Ctr.

“Light as a Breeze”

The tiny stream is soft.

The Great River is harsh.

One must be like the stream,

soft and tender

and light as the breeze.

In this changing world,

one must go along

the best way he can.

Too many sharp corners

makes man a beast.

So tender is the heart

and love is everywhere.

It’s no matter what—

to live,

one must accept

life, as it is.

And you’ll be free

And light as a breeze.

Elmer Tazuma was a long-time student of Ariele’s in her Thursday group. His writing, and especially his poetry, have always seemed gifted and inspired to her.

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