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The Outstretched Palm of Gabriel

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Jewish mysticism states souls come from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden and fall into the Guf a treasury of the body.The angel Gabriel’s hand brings them forth and the angel Lailah watches over them until they are born. Sparrows can see the descent of each soul that is why they sing.


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The Outstretched Palm of Gabriel

regrets rise and fall 
chafing at the frayed nerve endings of a finite life,
unfolding like origami cranes around the neck of kamikaze pilots
chewing at the bones of our discontent,
leaving holes in the fabric being.

regrets, like and of, unborn children 
never growing to fruition, never falling 
bud to blossom they decay, never reaching the Guf
pointless misconceptions of a wary heart
first born in joy left to rot in sorrow.

regrets rise and fall
yet we chose to retain them in the after-image
of retinal flares, ocular migraines inwardly staring
toward Gabriel’s outstretched palm
embryos unblessed.

never regret
ever regret

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  1. Date: 2/19/2013 4:03:00 PM
    Debbie, congrats... :-) pd

  1. Date: 2/19/2013 7:19:00 AM
    Beautiful Debbie. Congrats on your well deserved win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 2/18/2013 8:03:00 PM
    It's a triple header (Frank, David, and Suzette)...I almost entered it in your contest too! LOL!

  1. Date: 2/18/2013 6:52:00 PM
    Very descriptive language! An excellent piece, Debbie! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 2/18/2013 4:46:00 PM
    Congrats Debbie on your win, exceptional poetry, love xxx

  1. Date: 2/18/2013 4:46:00 PM
    very interesting write...congrats on a fine win

  1. Date: 2/18/2013 4:04:00 PM
    Truly beautiful! Congratulations on another very fine win, Debbie...And thanks for sharing the info about your inspiration fo this gem!

  1. Date: 2/18/2013 7:43:00 AM
    "[...]of retinal flares, ocular migraines inwardly staring/ toward Gabriel’s outstretched palm/embryos unblessed." WOW!! Congratulations on your top win in Frank's Contest! Ruben.

  1. Date: 2/18/2013 7:09:00 AM
    Weighty stuff my friend and classically Guzical--Love the vocal, the images, the metaphor, the package!!

  1. Date: 2/16/2013 9:50:00 PM
    OUCH! (she squeezes her Sis's hand) and HELL, YEAH, (she then gives a high five and on the side, publish worthy this one) Sent soup mail. Suggestion. xox Love Dee

  1. Date: 2/16/2013 7:07:00 AM
    This I can't answer

    O. Avatar Ruben O.
    Date: 2/18/2013 7:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    : D
    Situation Avatar The Situation
    Date: 2/16/2013 10:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 2/16/2013 7:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    not sure what you feel needs answering? I have not asked a question?
  1. Date: 2/16/2013 6:39:00 AM
    I love the poem and the message is sends, your writings Debbie are like no other, along the years they have enriched my life along with your friendship, love you, xxx