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Home of the Brave

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Home of the Brave

Schackled the child cast in shame
by a father's disapproval.

Clipped the fledgling un-nuzzled
by an indifferent mother.

Brave the neglected one and
miraculous her recovery 

climbing with effortful feet 
the mountain to sun and stars.

©Kathryn McLoughlin Collins
December 5, 2012

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  1. Date: 12/26/2012 10:36:00 AM
    Dear Kathy...just came by to read once more and also to wish you happy things for New Year and for the new year... Love, Terry

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 1:08:00 PM
    You have mastered the art of the short, powerful poem. Words like 'un-nuzzled' and 'effortful' are so imaginative! A discarded daughter who finds her own way out of the cage. Your couplet construction and title enhance this remarkable piece. Well done Kathryn! Love, Keith

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 10:56:00 PM
    How resilient and tender the young can be and how hardened and callous adults can be. Great telling poem.

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 8:57:00 PM
    Ah, the courage is required to defy the imbittered and just as much to finally forgive a cycle of hurts. Love this chum.. must fly

    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan
    Date: 12/10/2012 9:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sorry about that. My girl has a wee cold and is waking up every 2 hours! Back to your poem, reminds me of the horrors which have been on our news (Canadian) this past bit...one child spanked to death for not going to sleep and wetting her pants. I can no longer watch news... angels crucified...
  1. Date: 12/9/2012 10:17:00 AM
    This says so much in just a few words. Reminds me of conflict, feels familiar...Thanks for reading so many of my poems...I SM you the other day. I haven't heard since, I hope everything is okay...Hugs, Holly Moore

  1. Date: 12/9/2012 7:07:00 AM
    loved this touching write, my friend

  1. Date: 12/6/2012 2:36:00 PM
    Kathy, sad, touchingly poignant... beautifully expressed... Terry

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 5:02:00 PM
    Thought provoking imagery you've used here. Instead of being given wings to fly the child is shackled by disapproval. This unfortunately happens alot when parents decide to live their dream through their children instead of letting their children live their own dream. The brave rises above the negativity and soars high. Beautifully written Kathryn!