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California Poet Opens Up About Solitude, Aging

Apr 18, 2012
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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And let's end the program today with the latest in our series, Muses and Metaphors.

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MARTIN: We've been celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your poetic tweets. We've been asking you to send us poems that are 140 characters or less.

And today we hear a tweet from Brandon Montero from Ripon, California. Brandon is a land surveyor for a civil engineering firm who has been faithfully writing poetry for 18 years.

Now remember, these are short, only 140 characters each. So here's a tweet by Brandon Montero.

BRANDON MONTERO: Solitude. A lie I've been telling. Companionless predator, moving in the dark. Lonely, tired man, growing older as dawn breaks.

MARTIN: And we know that went by pretty fast, so let's hear it again.

MONTERO: Solitude. A lie I've been telling. Companionless predator, moving in the dark. Lonely, tired man, growing older as dawn breaks.

MARTIN: That's a poetic tweet submitted by Brandon Montero from Ripon, California.

If you would like to help us celebrate National Poetry Month, tweet us your original poetry, using fewer than 140 characters, of course. If your poem is chosen, we will help you record it for us and we will air it in the program this month. Tweet us using the hashtag #TMMPoetry. You can learn more at the TELL ME MORE website. Go to NPR.org and click on the programs menu to find TELL ME MORE.

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MARTIN: And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk tomorrow.

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