In the Words of Odd Thomas by Janet Keyes

This poem consists mostly of the words of Odd Thomas, a beloved fictional character created by best-selling author, Dean Koontz. The poem is published here with written permission from Dean Koontz, whose stories delight millions with fantastic plots, white-knuckle suspense, skillfully drawn characters, and descriptive passages which could stand alone as lyrical poetry.  His personal communication to Ms. Keyes also shows him to have a fabulous sense of humor.  Thanks to him for his permission.

Like others I was born for joy to know.
My life has goals and mystery each day,
And I learn by going where I have to go.

I travel some with my friendly ghost dog Bo.
For helping others Bo leads me through the fray,
And like others I was born for joy to know.

I search for meaning in life of trial and woe.
For failing, my living is the price I pay,
And I learn by going where I have to go.

I remember Stormy, my girl of golden glow,
The love of my life, who took my breath away.
Like others I was born for joy to know.

Now life is hard, but it was not always so,
And forward is the only way back, I say.
I learn by going where I have to go.

I see the ghosts of others trapped below,
And their silent siren song I will obey.
Like others I was born for joy to know,
And I learn by going where I have to go.

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