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Point of View

By David Mendosa

From the point of view of flowers
Humanity is one;
A busy mass of specimens
Whose work is never done.

Seen from far up in the mountains,
The people live below;
Together in their villages
They need each other so.

The broader vantage of the sea
Shows us upon the land,
Little bits of moving matter,
As uniform as sand.

From within the human body
We have a narrow view,
There's no perspective from within
To see that I am you.

Southern Oregon Magazine published this poem, which I wrote about 1981, in its April 1996 edition.

Last modified: April 23, 1999

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