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I Woke Up

Poetry by Griffith H. Williams.

This chapbook, printed on a letterpress in 2007, contains an anthology of original poetry exploring the theme of boundaries. I Woke Up was handset in 12 point Caslon Old Style type and printed on an antique Chandler & Price 10 x 15 in Kenmore, Washington. This volume contains 24 pages and is illustrated with two original linoleum block prints.

Twenty-Four Questions, One Answer

Of all the paths I never tried,
Of all the dreams I couldn’t ride,
Of all the steps I didn’t dance,
Of all the times I missed my chance,
Of all the games I never played,
Of every choice I never made,
Of every hand I did not hold,
Of every gift I blindly sold,
Was there a page I should have turned?
What lesson have I never learned?

What can I do but try to try,
What can I keep from flowing by,
Who can I be but purely me,
Where can I look and finally see,
When will I know what I should know,
When should I come, when should I go,
What should I lift, what should I hold,
What secret kept, what story told,
When was I strong, when was I weak,
Where is the answer that I seek?

The only choice is build not break.
The only worthy task is “Make!”
The only gesture is to touch.
No limit says I’ve loved too much.
I know my arms were made to reach,
I know my mind was made to teach.
The only word I know is “Care.”
The only hope is when we share.
The way to find the answer starts
When doorways open in our hearts…
When doorways open in our hearts.

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Prices:
Letterpress Edition: $15
(in-person only)
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