The Torchbearer
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The Torchbearer

Brother Al

A Story Poem With Commentary

(From Canva)

He was a little bit of a thing—
knee-high to a grasshopper
as pa used to say.
But his hair was the funnier sight—
white as the coverings
women wear in church.
Been that way since birth.
He didn’t seem to mind it, though,
until he met Ruthy Shonkwiler.




The Torchbearer is a light in the darkness that guides us to a better understanding of our purpose in the world.

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Harley King

Harley King

Poet, Novelist, Artist. Follow me on my novel writing journey: Editor: The Torchbearer.

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