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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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Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he completed a PhD degree at The University of Texas and taught English literature at two liberal arts colleges.

He and his wife live near Houston, Texas, where he writes fiction, poetry, and articles on current topics.

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