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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And next, Muses and Metaphors.

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MARTIN: As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we've been hearing your poetic tweet. Hundreds of you have sent us poems through Twitter that are 140 characters or less.

Today, we hear a tweet from poet and painter Dan Collins. He works for a commercial printing company. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Becky and their dogs Ajax, Pixel and Whitman.

Now, remember, these are short, only 140 characters each, so listen closely.

Mr. DAN COLLINS (Poet, Painter): I'm Dan Collins and this is my tweet. He came down with joy. He saw it all from the mountain. The promise not withheld and the bullet that would take him home.

MARTIN: Now, I know that went by fast, so let's hear it again.

Mr. COLLINS: He came down with joy. He saw it all from the mountain. The promise not withheld and the bullet that would take him home.

MARTIN: That's a poetic tweet submitted by Dan Collins. If you'd like to help us celebrate National Poetry Month, go to Twitter and tweet us your original poetry - using fewer than 140 characters, of course. If your poem is chosen, we will help you record it for us and we will air it sometime this month. Tweet us using the hashtag TMMpoetry.

And you can learn more at the TELL ME MORE website. Go to npr.org and click on the Programs menu to find TELL ME MORE.

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