Comeau Goes ‘Looking for Heart’ in Latest Poem

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Dr. Raymond F. Comeau, a Haverhill native and poet, is sharing one of his latest works with WHAV audiences in a poem, that in his words, “lets the world know that we humans must do more to help correct the many flaws in our own conduct.”

Now of Belmont, Comeau is a retired dean and current lecturer at Harvard University Extension School. He is also a trustee, emeritus, of the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill.

Looking For Heart

On days when my heart seems
As arid as a sponge
I’m tempted to peel my skin away
Down to the ribs
Just to see if it’s there
But I focus despite my shame
On human calamities
(They seem endless once you think)
On children for example
With greedy fingers all over their sex
Or toiling until their hands bleed
Or begging or being sold
Or stolen or maimed
And this helps with getting it back
There’s a church not far from my house
If I open its holy door
And climb the belfry steps
Will I be able looking down
To burst like withering bells
We must love more
We must love more
© Raymond Comeau June 2023

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