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Uncage the Songbird

Foregoing the fool
A tattered heart slept
In a reticule.
Two drawstrings pulled tight
To obscure the light.

Emotions fraught
With second thought
Perfected a
Silent reply.

With clipped wings
Rarely sing.

Free your
Soul and


Dedicated to my wonderfully terrific Father: 
Happy Valentines Day, Dad.
Miss and will always love you, Johnny.

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  1. Date: 4/5/2010 3:13:00 PM
    enjoyed sweet dedication!!

  1. Date: 3/20/2010 12:19:00 AM
    This is a great poem. -Kevin Sabay

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 11:51:00 AM
    Thankxxx so much John for being able to participate in your Sondheim on Sondheim contest and for choosing Archangels as a second place winner... it was both an exciting and challenging contest... appreciate the time u devoted to sponsoring it ..bravo John..luv.. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 3/5/2010 10:58:00 PM
    A sterling tribute to your dad, John. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I think you are "right on" with your predictions. It is possible Avatar could upset Hurt Locker. REmind me which film played The Weary Heart. It sounds so familiar to me but i have a short memory. Was it that great final song in Crazy Heartt? LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 3/4/2010 11:51:00 AM
    John Do you know what happened to our friend Rhoda? Her poetry is gone? Laura :(

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 3:03:00 PM
    Don't see your contest posted, but my entry is complete. Please let us know when the contest is reposted so we can enter our work. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/2/2010 1:53:00 PM
    Hi John, I'm going to send you a Soup Mail. I didn't receive the assigned songs for the Sondheim contest. Thanks!

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 3:48:00 PM
    John.. your contest is messed up again... it seems to happen everytime a running contest closes and their winners are posted and your contest is automatically getting thrown over to the winners circle ...hope u get this straightened does not seem as if any entries are getting posted to your contest either John... this could be a problem for u when u try to judge and close your contest... luv.. "Sweetheart" ..Linda-Marie

  1. Date: 2/27/2010 2:53:00 PM
    John, This is a beautiful poem. And an especially grand tribute to your dad. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 2/27/2010 11:32:00 AM

  1. Date: 2/25/2010 8:50:00 PM
    SOUP MAIL .. JOHN... luv..

  1. Date: 2/23/2010 5:43:00 AM
    BELATED SOUP MAIL>.. JOHN ... luv.. "Sweetheart" of Poetry Soup.. SORRY TO BE SO LATE IN MY RESPONSE... FORGIVE??

  1. Date: 2/19/2010 1:46:00 PM
    I adore the first stanza. Wow! The whole poem is inspiring and breath-taking. Hugs...

  1. Date: 2/18/2010 12:42:00 AM
    John thank you for th honour you placed on my poem in your amusing contest & congrats on your contest latest success.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 2/17/2010 7:11:00 AM
    Beautifully penned and passionate. Would you pls comment my poem-seven degrees.. thankfully. Wishing you all the best.

  1. Date: 2/16/2010 9:56:00 AM
    Beautiful and moving. All the best. Krista

  1. Date: 2/15/2010 1:35:00 PM
    Hi My friend how sad a day this linger thought must be , go check your soup mail ! The Cougar!

  1. Date: 2/15/2010 12:25:00 AM
    Congrats on your recent contest success John.Rgds Brian Trust you are progressing well.

  1. Date: 2/14/2010 5:46:00 PM
    This poem is very moving and allowsthe mind to remember.

  1. Date: 2/14/2010 12:37:00 PM
    Oh John this is so moving as I just posted a poem for my Mom and Dad too.. and one just for my Dad entitled PaPa in the new End Line Word poetry form that is sweeping the Soup site.. a wonderful emotional write and good luck in the contest if u so enter it.. a brilliant display of emotions John.. dear to my romantic heart.. loved my Daddy so much too.. luv "Sweetheart" of Poetry Soup .. Linda-Marie..