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Below is the poem entitled Philidelphia which was written by poet Carrie Richards. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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If one scene upon a screen can chill my spine
This rarity of genius soars my mind
He crawls into the skin of Andrew Beckett
Gaunt, pale, a shell, by thread he clings
A man betrayed my those who have no honor
In a world that slithers cold and mongers hate

Yet inside his private place is grace unfolding
As his own mortality breathes deathly close
While living each moment tethered to a pole
He opens wide the music of his soul
How can he make the deaf one hear?
With such beauty, the essence...he hopes to share
Open his heart to what is perfect and pure?

The magnificence!! Oh how it speaks of tragedy's past
Such brilliance!  Her voice....that captures the fire!
" she cries out in anguish and pain!
Hear how the strings bring forth the feeling of rain
And that cello so sacred...Oh! hear the spirit of sorrow!"

"Does your heart become swollen, as the music unfolds?
Close your eyes, did you hear it??  Ahh...yes...I see in your eyes
Oh!  How life is divine.... you are witness to mine...
Oh the lyrics..."La Mamma Morta"....oh, the rapture unwinds...."

Tom Hanks performance in "PHILADELPHIA"
(My favorite scene of all time...with Denzel Washington
as they listen to Maria Calas sing "La mamma morta".  Check it out on You Tube...
(you tube site:  Philadelphia..La Mamma Morta)

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  1. Date: 7/13/2011 12:18:00 PM
    Congrats on your 1st Place, Carrie. Nice going. xxxRalph

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 7:26:00 PM
    Congrats Carrie on your first place win in the movie star contest .. a wonderful choice write luv..

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 12:05:00 AM
    well done Carrie. I enjoyed reading this scene Thank you for sharing, you capture the moment well, congratulations.....Margaret

  1. Date: 3/17/2010 3:04:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Carrie - I too was always moved by that scene

  1. Date: 3/17/2010 2:05:00 PM
    Carrie, as i was reading your awesome words. I could see the scene before my eyes, as my ears listen to " La mamma morta " you have captured it so beautifully. Delightful congratulations on your first place. Tom Hanks is my favorite actor, everything he has starred in has been of a high standard. Thank you for writing this Oscar winning piece >> James

  1. Date: 3/17/2010 12:47:00 PM
    a very deserving win, Carrie! congratulations! LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 3/17/2010 12:35:00 PM
    Congratulations on first place, in the contest. sounds like a wonderful movie.. you make it sound so interesting... I must watch it... love Constance

  1. Date: 3/17/2010 11:50:00 AM
    Congrats Carrie on your first place win in Frank's contest.. enjoy your special win for a brilliant write..luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 3/17/2010 6:38:00 AM
    I knew this was a firstplace poem when I first read it, Carrie. Ciongratulations! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/17/2010 6:13:00 AM
    Bravo Carrie...A Breathtaking recapture of a most poignant scene! A superb winner!! Congradulations! Love Jeralynn

  1. Date: 3/17/2010 1:40:00 AM
    Congratulations Carrie, on placing 1st in the “Describe your favorite performance by Actor or Actress in a movie” member contest sponsored by: Frank Herrera. Your poem is excellent. It's easy to see why you did succeeded with this write. Your creativity shines brightly. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 3/16/2010 11:59:00 PM
    Whoa, this is super..Congrats on your win. Another notch in your belt! BG

  1. Date: 3/16/2010 8:49:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win....wonderful write...Marty

  1. Date: 2/22/2010 8:19:00 PM
    You got it right , got it JUST captured that moment perfectly! What a performance by BOTH actors! (and Maria sings a pretty good song too, doesn't she?)...Gotta' go in my favorites! - Tim

  1. Date: 2/16/2010 12:48:00 PM
    Carrie, you GOTTA place really high with this beauty. YOu captured exactly what Frank must have wanted from us for this contest. I honestly can't see myself doing it, as much as I want to. Free verse seems to be better for this kind of a challenge. I just dont have it in me! good luck, Carrie! LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 2/15/2010 2:20:00 PM
    I remember this scene so well, Carrie, and you portray it brilliantly in your poem. The entire movie evoked much emotion, but this one scene was certainly a standout. I think this will do very well in the contest. Good luck, my friend. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/15/2010 11:51:00 AM
    Wishing you the best in the contest. I think you have a winner here Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/14/2010 11:36:00 PM
    Thank you for your welcome blog comments today Carrie.Rgds Brian