"Beautiful collection containing tongue-in-cheek humor and heartbreakingly beautiful messages of love. There are only two modern poets who capture my heart and mind with every line, and Donn is one of them."
--- Linda Yezak
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.. . . from dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. --- Genesis 3:19
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Poems of Earth and Beyond
2008 © Donn Taylor
A collection of well-crafted poems addressing fundamental questions of human experience in today's world --- its sadnesses and triumphs, and the humor that tempers them both.
A Division of
Softcover 90 pages
April 1, 2008
"Notation" - Poem from Dust and Diamond
Eclectic verses by a soldier,
professor, and poet.
"These poems are wide-ranging, from profound to tongue-in-cheek, all delightful.
I especially enjoyed the beautiful "Notation," the gritty "Panhandle Dust Storm," "Epigram: 1869," the miracle of "Ear," the profound "Terminal Conditions," and the laugh-out-loud "Fashion Models."
--- Joy Neal Kidney - 2021
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
— Psalm 8:4 (KJV)
I am a single note, sounding but once
And not sustained, a transient passing tone
Too briefly audible for resonance,
One moment's quick vibration, quickly flown—
Not a suspension, bold to stand alone,
Alien and strange to the prevailing chord,
Subsiding into consonance, yet known
Distinct in selfhood—I have not explored
Some fresh key's flavor, nor can I afford
The thrusting dominant's drive to rest again
Upon the keynote, certainty restored.
I'm one slight scratch from the Composer's pen,
Yet by that scratch preserved forevermore,
One part of His divine eternal score.
© 1995, Donn Taylor
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