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I’ve been here before
more times than there are shades of green
in UP and Greenbelt put together
but never has it been
such a ceremony
to uncap this pen
and arrange this paper just so
and look out into
this 21st-century Garden of Eden
and watch what’s in my heart
transform itself into words
and never have I been
this so goddamned proud
to call myself a poet
and only he knows why.