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Bernadette prayed,
wore straw knee pads 
built a cathedral incarnate.

Remains of the glorified were
sun baked shingles upon her roof.
Beaded mercy chips 
pieces of blessed palms
sewn by dainty hands;
her mausoleum.

Visionary lass -
the divine enchantress
taught you to devour
a million agonies
digest the callous sins
of modern day charlatans -

who foolishly attributed
your pious actions
telltale symptoms of 
manic depression.

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  1. Date: 3/29/2011 4:27:00 AM
    St. Bernadette. Her incorruptable beauty is a testimony to the miracle she brought to manhind. Sensational writing as always, John. Elaine

  1. Date: 3/28/2011 3:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, John

  1. Date: 3/28/2011 5:50:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week John. I wish you the best in the finals x3. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/8/2011 1:58:00 AM
    Woah bro, congrats!!! Amazing made it on 3...great bro...all the best for the finals.... amazing write! Love ya, hugs!

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 5:48:00 PM
    Congrats on all three poems making the first round. Would expect no less from your works. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 6:27:00 PM
    Congrats John on your first round success in the Poetry Soup contest luv.. good luck...

  1. Date: 11/14/2009 9:29:00 AM
    Wonderful write, Joh, and the last five lines are very poignant ..easy to pass off things not understood as being crazy or manic as u state... enjoyed this piece .. makes one think and reassess things in life... good job as always... Opus 13 another magnifico write... thankxxx for sharing... luv .. Linda-Marie, P.E.P.S. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 10/9/2009 5:54:00 AM
    Hi John, I especially like your last five lines. A very well written piece you are presenting here. Keep your pen flowing....Gert

  1. Date: 10/7/2009 11:33:00 PM
    John, your work has a remarkable quality to it that I hope to (one day) emulate. Thank you for your significant contribution to the Soup. Love, Donna

  1. Date: 10/7/2009 1:27:00 PM
    Mental illness is bad for everyone involved. Keep writing. Sara

  1. Date: 10/2/2009 4:03:00 PM
    sad write, love it, mental illness is a hard, hard thing to live with.

  1. Date: 10/2/2009 8:40:00 AM
    So nice to see once again, the gift of your poetry! Hope your writing is going well....this one is another example of your fine pen at work~ Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 10/2/2009 6:43:00 AM
    John, thank you for sharing your writing with us today. I truly enjoyed the read and what an ending. I miss seeing your postings. Did you get your book published? Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/1/2009 11:19:00 PM
    powerful, John!... jim