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Henry, the keeper of journals,

six thousand pages worth in his lifetime,

never worshiped, never voted, never plundered

probably never won any popularity contest

as the flaunting of his self-reliance

stirred up envy in his detractors

who struggled in their jobs to do the same

Henry nonetheless, was no hermit

as he made his daily trips into town

to partake in the village camaraderie;

albeit balancing with time in the woods

where frescoed paths through the wild world

seemed to him best tread in solitude

remaining ever alert to perpetual secrets,

marveled at! then taken home in his journals

Henry unabashedly passed on his secrets

in savy tomes that make us feel

we’ve walked those paths ourselves

@ j.Flaherty  2016

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