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Naked Dissent

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Naked Dissent

Daddy always kneeled--
but it was Momma who prayed,
as he spread lips that couldn't dissent,
no matter how much they trembled.

She was always naked for him
bleeding babies upon the floor,
while he explored their cradle,
fingering walls absently--
assessing her foundation;

Momma prayed for simple things,
blankets and frigidity--
anything to create separation;

Where naked wouldn't matter
under the cloak of autonomy
and the only grasping thoughts--
would be her own.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2009 10:17:00 PM

    Heartbreaking piece, Bernadette...and that is why it is important. Congratulations on being honored for this piece. Hugs, Donna

  1. Date: 6/6/2009 9:38:00 AM

    Congrats Poet ! great write ! james

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 1:55:00 PM

    such a telling raw work, so purging, a wonderful insightful write. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 3:59:00 PM

    Congrats Bernadette. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 2:55:00 PM

    Congratulations on your featured poem this week! Great write!

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 12:15:00 PM

    Chilling well written poem. Congratulations on the win.

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 4:41:00 PM

    What a profound poem. Congratulations on your win. All best, Orma

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 7:11:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win Bernadette. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 3:53:00 AM

    Incredible writing! Warmest congrats on your awesome and well deserved win. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:42:00 AM

    Very inspiring and wonderful poem, deserving to be featured. Ernilando

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 10:05:00 PM

    Awesome write here, Bernadette! Speaks a powerful message for all women and a wonderful tribute to your mother! Congratulations on your win and I look forward to reading more of your writing soon!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 12:33:00 PM

    Congratulations on your third place finish in the contest. Enjoy your honor. Keep up the good writing!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 11:55:00 AM

    I offer my hearty congratulations, along with many others, for this significant win in the midst of great competition. Your poem is truly deserving of this top three finish. -ED-

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 11:51:00 AM

    The images are very touching. I like the message in this excellent poem. Great job! ~Joseph

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 9:23:00 AM

    My warmest congratulations to you dear on your awesome third placement… you are such a wonderful writer… please let your poetry pen keep dancing to the drum beat of your passions and poetrysoup-land. You are great. leke

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 6:56:00 AM

    Congratulations on your 3rd placing, excellent poem>James

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 6:34:00 AM

    Outstanding work ! Congratulations, Bernadette!!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 5:15:00 AM

    Congratulations on the win Bernadette! Well deserved!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 3:37:00 AM

    Congratulations!-THE KEEPER

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 2:36:00 AM

    Congrats!!!!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 12:54:00 AM

    Congrats to you, Bernadette, on your success 3rd place in PS contest, well done! Ernesto

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 11:01:00 PM

    Bernadette congratulations on placing third in the soup contest, way to go - God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 5:55:00 PM

    Bernadette, my belated congrats in making the semi finals...Raul

  1. Date: 4/28/2009 5:59:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry making it into the semi finals. Wishing you the best of luck in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/17/2009 1:31:00 PM

    Very deep and a bit haunting... I enjoyed reading this beautiful write. The last stanza is powerful, really brings it home. Congrats on being featured this week. :) Love, Amy

  1. Date: 2/17/2009 12:59:00 PM

    Wow. I never knew that free verse could touch you and rock like this! I am really blown away for the first time since I've been connected to this website to appreciate this form of poetry. Congratulations on the feature!

  1. Date: 2/17/2009 9:34:00 AM

    Congratulations Bernadette on this deep poem being featured. Sad, but "Naked Dissent" is more fact than fiction for many. Some never realize until their later years and by then it is just the way it is and no attempt will ever be made to change it. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 2/16/2009 4:22:00 PM

    Powerful and thought provoking poem. Congratulations on having it featured this week. I wish you continued success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 2/16/2009 6:16:00 AM

    Bernadette - Loved this poem and its message - very well written and expressed - God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 2/7/2009 6:29:00 PM

    Well this is a favorite and loved the way it read and also the definition has so many interesting words I feel as though its a matter piece. Enjoyed reading it and have a wonderful day.