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If truth is beauty, beauty truth
Just as the poet said[i],
Then patterned sense in research
Can be sewed by lyric thread.
Mad Poets Rotorua is
The topic of this story,
Acknowledging that all research
Is largely allegory.
The group has met religiously
Since Nineteen Ninety-Four
Enabling some to read their poems
Who’d never read before.
From my perspective many themes
Emerge in all that follows,
While these are mine, there will be those
That you my reader hallows.
[i] John Keats’ famous conclusion to “Ode on a Grecian urn”, slightly paraphrased.