For Abbie

The need to write, the yearning heart

Impels the braver ones to start.

So many try, but few are chosen

To publish words of silk or poison.

Pen to paper, mind and eye

Look within or scan the sky.

Some words are awkward, other lame–

tripping, hobbling stories maimed.

Some dressed pretty in wings of wax

toward  warmth of sunlight fly to bask.

Then feathered plumes begin to fall

and shattered dreams are drowned in gall.

Some lucky one grabs tight the ring.

She’s found the prize with words that sing.

Her words sing out and touch another

She’s worked her magic but must go further.

Immersed in life at every moment

It’s life itself that makes the poet!

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About Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins (1949-) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Martinez, California. At seventeen she moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing her university degree she worked in London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years Karen taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the "most remote school in the United States" in Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, and a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico. Karen and her husband traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, spending many summers in the highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala . Karen currently lives in Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
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