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Captive Bird - 12 Bars 12 Dreams

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Captive Bird - 12 Bars 12 Dreams

12 BARS Twelve rusty bars, one frozen lock – Confined, sublime, an ancient Roc, Enclosed inside a barren cage – Her catacomb in sundown sage. Of former days there is no trace Except displays of fallen grace – Twelve dreams, abiding in her place, Are free and dwell in yawning space: 12 DREAMS Of wings unfurled, and seething eyes That dredge the depths of dawning skies Unclamping clouds that hang below, Once ice, dissolved in morning’s glow; Of clutching winds that carry free Beyond a leaden anguished sea Dispersing dust of stifled stars Midst chunks of chain in slave bazaars; Of swooping to a silent shore, To perch beyond the ocean’s roar Amazed to feel the sobbing breeze Message the leaves of rooted trees; Of stalking trails of twilight tramps, Within the fog of lighthouse lamps That blink forlorn through caldron nights, In search of shades of errant Kites; Of darkling vast deserted lands, The windswept stones, the shadowed sands, Where ghosts of Moorish maidens lost Conceal their groans in mourning frost; Of blotting out the bloated moon While feathers beat a banshee tune And glimmers dance and prance aglow Upon a pearly pale plateau; Of tasting cool torrential rains, Beyond the realm of binding chains, And sipping freedom they exude In quite drops of solitude; Of whisking off a galley crew Aboard a ship in midnight dew, Beneath the pierce of seagull’s screams That mock the strands of scarlet streams; Of sating once an aching craw With tearing beak, with ripping claw And echoed by an eldritch screech While feasting on abandoned beach; Of restive thoughts and weary wings That drift on haze and smoky rings Obscured within the opal shroud Of her resemblance in the crowd; Of croaking caws in broken rhyme Of winter woe, of summer clime, Of building nests of sundown sage Beyond outside a barren cage.

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  1. Date: 11/19/2012 4:17:00 AM
    I love this poem. Great work. Trying to get through the list you sent me. I can't find the "Fantasy" poem though.

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 1:07:00 PM
    Makes one feel pity for the bird. Very discriptive. Huggs TLee

  1. Date: 7/29/2012 10:02:00 PM
    HI,,TERRY, still congratulating all my sisters past contest. . Now I'm on the poets favorite poem contest.. I'm actually amazed with all these poems. I see why they are chosen as a favorite poem by other poets...a Super Congratulations here. I think I agreed with all the winners in this contest... love~PD

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 1:04:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in SKAT's "Members Favorite Poem" contest Terry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 4:56:00 AM
    Terry a belated congrats on your win.really clever...David

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 11:36:00 PM
    Oh, and CONGRATS

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 11:35:00 PM
    Hey,. Terry, which contest did this win in? I finally am seeing it. You have excellent meter in your poetry!!

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 5:44:00 PM
    very nice Terry...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 9:52:00 AM
    Very nice Terry...congrats on your win!!!

  1. Date: 7/25/2012 9:06:00 AM
    Congrats, Terry. Awesome. Enjoyed. Nice going. Kudos. Ralph

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 10:59:00 PM
    Wow! Such an excellent flow...And all the different words you used are awesome!!! I'm going to make it a Fav...

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 8:53:00 PM
    Love all the variety of images - you have vivid dreams indeed.

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 12:15:00 PM
    Hi Terry what a brilliant piece liked the flow here, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 3:05:00 PM
    Quite a feate and excellent meter..one verse to read over and over..almost a lullabye? Most excellent fav verse [Of blotting out the bloated moon] Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 9:22:00 AM
    so a stranger comments on a poem I wrote...and so i read a few of HIS and am humbled....the structure, subject matter and execution OD THIS PIECE are all to perfection...thanks for commenting on me so i could find another great poet..yours in peace, pain, poetry, protection and per chance your perfection (the universe knows ain't 'nothin perfect 'bout me but for my imperfections) PHREEPOETREE ~free cee!~I JUST wish you would read a few of my other poems besides the one that is counter-intuitive to the jubject matter i usually delve into, like yesterday and today's...thanks again bro! ~f!~

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 3:51:00 PM
    Great. It swept me along. Just one comment/question: Should it not be: "Of former days there ARE not trace"? Love, Suzette

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 11:09:00 AM
    love this wonderful write, Terry. I agree with Elizabeth's comments

  1. Date: 7/20/2012 11:40:00 AM
    Enchanting poetry, takes me places I need to be! A 10, a fave and everything else I can say to let you know how much I appreciate your brilliance! Luv, Lizzie

  1. Date: 7/20/2012 11:02:00 AM
    Nicely written, a unique written poem Terry. - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 7/20/2012 6:02:00 AM
    Dear Terry, You wind your words round the would-be bird sweeter than a warbler in the bushes. Everything is perfect, your rhyme, your deliciously descriptive language. All of it quotable. Here's my favorite, I think... Of stalking trails of twilight tramps, Within the fog of lighthouse lamps That blink forlorn through caldron nights, In search of shades of errant Kites; Poetic heaven. love, Kathy

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