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About T P Graf
by T P Graf
There are few things
that I claim to be
and many that I don’t.
I’m not an inventor,
counselor, or priest—
nor a teacher, artist,
or musician. Not a
doctor or lawyer,
statesman or other
noble role. I’m not
not even all that bright.
My credentials are
regardless of the
jobs you recite.
I’ve never been
sure of vocation,
pronounce God’s call.
I do claim to have
where others’ fuses
I am the jack of a
few useful trades,
yet certainly master
I’m troubled enough
to write my thoughts,
reads them or not.
And that’s about all
I can claim, with
one notable exception.
My life has been
the moment of
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