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If Not You

If not,

For those of you,

Who get

The profundity

In the simplicity:

“If not you, then who?”

There wouldn’t be a soul,

To translate the silent tongue,

No one wants to speak,

Of the seldom seen,

Indeed, those whom

No one wants to see.


If not you, then


Would heed,

The silent battle cry,

Against the pain of

Giving up and giving in.

Who would say

This one mattered.

It mattered more than


If not for you?


bob little orange buddha

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Susan Russell
  • Ingrid Graudins
    Posted at 05:08h, 29 July Reply


  • Marc-Andre Runcie-Unger
    Posted at 13:51h, 03 September Reply

    Hi Susan,

    We’ve included your poem for our poetry section on the 10th of January 2019, hope that’s ok and you’ll get full credit at the top and bottom. 🙂

    • Susan Russell
      Posted at 15:32h, 03 September Reply

      Many thanks, and of course, absolutely ok. Very best, Susan

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