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The Angel Inside

Coral life forms in myriad swarms
Feast in the Cambrian chyme
Dividing their cells and forming their shells
To end on the sea floor as lime

Tectonic churning and magma upturning
Renders marble whiter than bone
The marble is mined, but the cutters are blind
To the angel confined in the stone

A young sculptor arose, with a bend in his nose
And a transcendent creative spark
Charged with ambition to fulfill a commission
An angel for St. Dominc's Ark

An artist sublime who will live for all time
His genius is to see things not shown
For an angel to achieve he first has to perceive
Its splendor enclosed in the stone

At dawning's first glow he surveys the tableau
Of the blocks the stone cutters supplied
In some he sees dreams of potential themes
But only one traps an angel inside

“A beautiful thing never gives so much pain 
As does failing to hear it and see it.”
The block that he chose was rejected by those
Who then lied and claimed to foresee it
With talent and skill he falls to with a will
Surrounded by rubble and relic
His method you see, for the angel to free
Is to remove all the bits not angelic

Michelangelo’s art for all time stands apart
But there's something further to heed
For there's a bit more to the fine metaphor
In the tale of the angel he freed

“A beautiful thing never gives so much pain 
As does failing to hear it and see it.”
For in all our insides a bright angel abides
And is just waiting for something to free it

To remove all the parts which harden our hearts
And chip out the darkness and pride
To smooth the rough patches and polish the scratches
And unshackle the angel inside

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  1. Date: 3/4/2014 1:32:00 PM

    This is simply freed the poem in your mind in such an amazing way....Enthralling...To remove all bits not angelic...My fav stanza. wow. If we could do the same...

  1. Date: 2/6/2014 12:13:00 PM

    "To remove all the parts which harden our hearts And chip out the darkness and pride To smooth the rough patches and polish the scratches And unshackle the angel inside". There is always a good side to everyone only if we try to recognize it. I like the metaphorical contrast used in this piece. The angel side in comparison to beauty.The angel inside is sometimes hard to recognize and others must search hard to recognize. A very beautiful poem.

  1. Date: 5/23/2013 3:44:00 AM

    This is amazing, favorite'd

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 7:04:00 PM

    Fantastic, congrats on your win. Outstanding.

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 9:38:00 PM

    this is a nice poem, CONGRATS!! SKAT

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 7:09:00 PM

    Roy...your very favorite....congratulations

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 4:03:00 PM

    BRAVO!... TREMENDOUS poem. Equally excellent win... Congratulations on such a beautiful and winning poem! It'll be one of my favorites.

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 12:52:00 PM

    A most deserving win. This poem is a near masterpiece. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 6:19:00 AM

    Big congrats on your superb win. The last line is so nicely depicted the essence of the whole. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 9:58:00 PM

    well deserved 1st place.nice flow and rhyme.take care

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 8:32:00 PM

    Congratulations with your winning word play poem Roy... Take Care <3 xox <3 LINDA

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 1:20:00 PM

    This is one of the mot beautiful things I've read on here. Beautiful flow, rhyme and meter. I can only wish. Thank you. J

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 11:13:00 AM

    Thank you for this impressive and inspiring write. Very well penned. Many congrats to you on your giant win. AO

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 9:18:00 PM

    Congrats on your first pale win Roy xxx

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 6:16:00 PM

    Congrad's on Your Win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 2:31:00 PM

    Perfect rhythm and meter with great internal rhyme in the first and third lines of each verse...Love it and congrats - Tim

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 2:31:00 PM

    The physicality of your words passes great feelings as Michelangelo's sculpture. Mastery at its best Roy. 'As is painting, so is poetry'. Bravo for your grand wind. Well deserved Roy. This poem is an inspiration to all at PS. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 1:42:00 PM

    Oh wow........I do love this so much. This one is a stand out in word choice!! Very deserving, Roy!

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 1:38:00 PM

    well deserved 1st place win.congrats

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 1:05:00 PM

    A true masterpiece, but then you are starting to spoil us Roy. Few here have such a mastery of meter and rhyme and in this case it's combined with parable introduced with history. I truly must say thank you for sharing this--a fav for me.

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 5:43:00 PM

    I loved the flow, the content, and how you structured your lines. Outstanding piece of poetry Roy congratulations on winning my contest. I can say I was impressed. These elements are very important to me as you can tell from my new piece "Dear Rosebud." Thanks for submitting this one. Kim

  1. Date: 4/9/2013 2:18:00 PM

    Oh wow, Roy..........this is beautifully written.......what an outstanding finish in the last stanza......your "other" more serious side.....loved it!

  1. Date: 2/9/2013 9:24:00 AM

    Awesome poem! It describes so much. The form is catchy. Beleive it or not, but you are the one that brought it to my attention. That last verse is really the epitome.

  1. Date: 2/9/2013 7:24:00 AM

    A worthy win Roy, congratulations I have learnt a lot from this as well xx

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 8:44:00 PM

    Roy, :-) Congratulations with your wonderful win in Heather's "Famous Art" poetry contest. *Goodnight~LINDA

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 5:29:00 PM

    Congrats on your win Roy xxx

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 1:48:00 PM

    You have chosen a masterpiece! I love this statue. Congratulations on your top win, Roy! Ruben.

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 1:35:00 PM

    Great write and a fitting tribute to the grand master Michaelangelo (his name invokes "angel" as well). Fav! Congratulations on your win, Roy. BTW Marble hardens when exposed to the air. He worked with stone which others had rejected - this makes his work even more amazing, as it would have been a great labour of love to have produced the pieces which he did.

  1. Date: 2/8/2013 12:41:00 PM

    Roy, you really took my breath away with this one. Your meter is just perfect, and the double rhyme in your first and third lines is very impressive! I have always loved Michaelangelo's quote about setting the angel free from the stone. This is a stunning tribute. Congratulations on your win in my contest!

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 6:24:00 PM

    So nice to read your verse this evening.You sure have your meter down! Light & Love