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The Internal Dying of Benjamin Tippett

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The Internal Dying of Benjamin Tippett

No Maria -
when a Bernstein motif lingers.
No rosary beads -
they'll simply slip 
through bourbon-stained fingers.
God carved the seven continents,
with skillful guise, 
and Puccini cries.
Adam's rib was imminent
when his chest burst splinters
into a scorned dodger's eyes.
No Turandot tonight, please -
Father willed him this disease;
a cancerous curse 
Ben's learned to despise.

No Rodgers -
when Oscar Hammerstein is dead.
No hammered halos -
they'll merely desecrate 
the madman’s head.
Ben abandoned rued religion,
with toxic breath - 
as Mimi wept.
Noah made a revision,
as the pairs filed two by two,
and into his mouth they crept.
No La Boheme, does he dote -
Mother’s cocktail glass 
cuts his throat.
A souvenir, 
from his childhood, 
he’s kept.

No Sondheim -
when one loathes another's company.
No steel wool ragcloths -
to dry the bloodshot eyes of thee.
He minded the duet’s jargon
endorsing the macabre, 
and Calaf sobbed.
Judas rethought the bargain,
knowing the silver pieces
wouldn’t save the soul he robbed.
A lost weekend sates Ben's day -
two severed hands on his chest,
he’ll lay; never feeling 
a heart 
that once throbbed.

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  1. Date: 3/6/2010 7:43:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win with this awesome poem. John! Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 6:07:00 AM

    congrats on the win!!

  1. Date: 2/15/2010 2:07:00 PM

    Congratulations John, on your success in the “Tending The Sprouts” contest sponsored by: Catie Lindsey. It's easy to see why you placed 1st. Your poetic skills shine. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 2/13/2010 10:46:00 AM

    Congratulations on your first win, John in Caties's contest Tending The Sprouts. The internal dying of Benjamin Tippett is a reflection of many others like him, who are loveless and selfish and their lives end up in tragedy. This a magnificent poem written by a a very talented poet I admire the most. Enjoy your honor and recognition, John! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day and smile! Love, hugs and peace, Andrew.

  1. Date: 2/12/2010 8:21:00 PM

    A very strong verse, it was an honour to read. congratulations, well deserved...Margaret

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 12:44:00 PM

    Congratulations, John. Lots of "allusions" in this one!(I think that is what they call it!) LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 2/11/2010 4:29:00 AM

    Another WOW from the gifted pen of Lord Heck of Brkln . Congrats ....

  1. Date: 2/10/2010 5:46:00 PM

    Exceptional write,John! My congratulations on your Ist Place win in the Sprouts contest! Great job ans usual! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 2/10/2010 5:11:00 PM

    Congratulations on first place!!!!!

  1. Date: 2/10/2010 4:01:00 PM

    Congratulations on your great 1st place in Catie's contest, John!!

  1. Date: 2/10/2010 3:19:00 PM

    Oh yes.!!!!! Not surprising to see this as the winning poem...truly outstanding....I've said it before...no one writes as you can do!!:) Congratulations, John!!!

  1. Date: 2/10/2010 2:23:00 PM

    Congrats John on your winning first place in the Sprouts contest .. an amazing write for an amazing first place win... enjoy and enjoyed .... also thankxxx for your Love Heals and Hurts contest.. the poems u chose as winners were excellent.. though mine was not a winner thankxxx for the challenge of this contest u sponsored.. luv.. Linda-Marie "Sweetheart" of Poetry Soup..

  1. Date: 2/10/2010 12:59:00 PM

    Terrific write, John! Congratulations on taking first place in Catie's contest. Much deserved. Love, Carolyn PS - hope you are continuing to do well following your surgery. You are in our prayers.

  1. Date: 2/10/2010 12:29:00 PM

    Congratulations Mr. John Heck on your well deserved 1st place win in Catie's Contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/3/2009 9:28:00 AM

    Congrats John on the double feature. Vince

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 4:48:00 PM

    Another masterpiece from Mr. John Heck....so deserving to be among these outstanding featured poems!! Excellent!!

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:33:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week. Ernilando

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 2:18:00 PM

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

  1. Date: 4/4/2009 1:27:00 PM

    Hello John, congrats on your two masterpieces surviving the first round...truly deserving to be in the finals, awesome! Cheers, Ernesto

  1. Date: 4/2/2009 7:17:00 AM

    John, Exceptional intellectual ability and originality is what I think when I read poetry by you. Congratulations my friend! Good luck in the finals and have a peaceful day filled with blessings. Caryl

  1. Date: 1/3/2009 8:18:00 AM

    I am so glad to see you featured!:) I agree ten times over with Stacey!!!:) You know I admire your work. Love, Sara:)

  1. Date: 12/30/2008 5:28:00 PM

    I certainly can't say it any better than Mark Cotterman did. I concur. So I shall just say: congratulations on having this poem featured, and I wish for you a super 2009. ~J~

  1. Date: 12/30/2008 8:36:00 AM

    Congratualtions, John, on your featured poem this week. Thanks for your support of my work. May you and your family have a blessed New Year, filled with joy and peace. All Best, Orma

  1. Date: 12/29/2008 6:20:00 PM

    Wow John, this is an amazing piece of true word art. Vivid, mysterious, and enthralling, it kept my attention from beginning to end. Congratulations on getting featured this week and God bless. :) Amy

  1. Date: 12/29/2008 1:13:00 PM

    John, I'm humbled by your mastery of this form, and by the brilliant thoughts that swirl from your head into beautiful, memorable pieces. Well done. Congrats to you for being featured! Respectfully, Donna.

  1. Date: 12/29/2008 10:29:00 AM

    Congratulations John on your beyond wonderful and completely amazing poetry being featured this week! Warmest wishes for a safe and happy new year! Love & hugs, Shar

  1. Date: 12/29/2008 8:53:00 AM

    John this poem is simply amazing - Congratulations on having your poetry featured this week – I hope the coming year has many blessings in store for you and those you love – God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 12/29/2008 1:13:00 AM

    Congrats on your feature write this week John.Rgds Brian & thanks for your support to my contests in 2008

  1. Date: 12/28/2008 7:13:00 PM

    Congratulations my friend John on your excellent poem featured for the week! Laura :)Happy New Year!

  1. Date: 12/28/2008 5:30:00 PM

    Congratulations john on your poem "the Internal Dying of Benjamin Tippett" being featured this week on Poetry Soup. Vince

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