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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And next, Muses and Metaphors.

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MARTIN: We've been asking you to send us poems that are no more than 140 characters long through Twitter. It's part of our of celebration of National Poetry Month.

Today, a poetic tweet from Taylor Collins. Taylor tells us she writes and paints in her studio in Dover, Delaware. She's also the past president of the National League of American Pen Women.

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

Ms. TAYLOR COLLINS (Writer, Painter): This is Taylor Collins and this is my tweet. In shadows I mind a watchful eye, as dawn leans. I will not undo you. Will not peel back the layers that shroud you, shroud us.

MARTIN: Now, I told you these were short, so we're going to play it again.

Ms. COLLINS: In shadows I mind a watchful eye, as dawn leans. I will not undo you. Will not peel back the layers that shroud you, shroud us.

MARTIN: That's a poetic tweet by Taylor 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 by the end of the month. Now, that's next week, so get busy. Tweet us using the hashtag, TMMpoetry.

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

And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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