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Featured Poet: Peter Sprenkeler

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Peter Sprenkeler is a Senior Diesel Mechanic employed by a large transport company in Melbourne Australia. He has been writing for many years, but only in the last few years has he become serious about a literary career. He has completed two books (each a 100 page anthology) titled "Love and War and Human Emotion" (books 1&2). His third work: almost completed, is titled "The Current Affairs of the World".  He is seeking a publisher.  

Peter writes on the moral, political, social and environmental injustices of the world. To improve the state of the world.


(©Peter Sprenkeler)

Poetry is painting, wisdom, sculpture, words to fashion,
A crafting of phrases and thoughts and rhymes with passion.
About love and life and pain and beauty and all things pertaining,
About matters that lie within us, quietly and urgently straining.
To set them free - our deepest thoughts unleashed,
Tales to tell - to captivate - spirits reached.
To give a reader humour, comfort and delight,
To give solace, peace and warmth on a cold winter's night.
And yet to give disquiet and challenge, a differing view,
On matters most would regard as anything but new.
Such a rich mine of discovery, surprise and emotion,
Poetry truly is an endless, fathomless ocean.
Read it as though it were a tasty meal,
Devour it, savour it - search for its appeal.
Learn to value the passions and heartfelt emotion,
As you dive headlong into this abundant ocean.
Let your spirit swim and soar through amazing pages,
Of words, thoughts, hopes and dreams of folk down the ages.
There are so many enchanting tales upon this enlightening shelf,
Of life and love and passion and emotional mirrors of yourself.