Harlan Simantel

Rookie (August 8,1951 / Hillsboro, Oregon USA)

Harlan Simantel
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I'm an artist with a comprehensive web site (www.harart.com) that shows my paintings, drawings, and cartoons. It also includes a free, easy 16-lesson acrylic painting course.

I was first exposed to poetry in high school, attracted to Emily Dickinson's intelligence, spiritual independence, and creative passion. I admire other poets too, especially those whose humor shows thru (e.g. Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker) . I've written an article, A lesson from the life of Emily Dickinson: http: //www.harart.com/hartext/emily.html

I occasionally wrote humorous poems on birthday cards and special occasions over the years. Starting in 2005 I began writing poetry fairly often as... more »

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  • Rookie Nithya Raghavan (10/27/2008 4:03:00 AM)

    that was a good one..but i felt that it could have been a little more longer.
    good work.keep it up! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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Best Poem of Harlan Simantel

Animal Freedom

nice to be an animal
free from worry and care
no possessions
no clothes to wear

no toothbrush or comb
sleep anywhere
no clock to watch nor time to keep
sun and moon with you, awake or asleep

away from it all
enjoying woods and field
no rush hour to negotiate
your animal spirit healed

mate with whomever
no marriage endeavor
'poor' as you both are -
on a wild date - gaze at a falling star

never a need to cook
food from soil, stream or forest nook
eat your meat and veggies raw
no fork or knife - use your beak or ...

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