Salon

I shall start a salon
and invite those who feel
No one needs a resume
no one needs to kneel

Each night we’ll have music
for singing stirs the soul
Poems heal the human heart
and mend the tatters whole

We will not banish sorrow
no, it’s a welcome guest
We could not stop it anyhow—
the soul will meet the test

I hope you’ll come and visit
a salon must have friends
Together we will find the strength
that binds us to our ends

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William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt is the author of over forty books, including *Challengers of the Dust*, the bestselling *Ben Kincaid* series of courtroom novels, the *Red Sneaker* Books on fiction writing, the *Shine* young adult series, and two books of poetry, most recently *The Ocean's Edge*. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife novelist Lara Bernhardt and their children.

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