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A Thing of Beauty

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A thing of beauty on her wrist
was confiscated by a nurse
who looked for items soldiers missed
in places (and by means) much worse.

They branded her inside the camp,
a thing of beauty on her wrist
replaced by Hitler's horrid stamp,
a stinging band below her fist.

With teeming glee, Frau nurse had hissed,
"Thank me that you won't see the baths"
A thing of beauty on HER wrist
the gleaming fee of psychopaths

Now, she who bears the mark of war
lives free and wears her scar not with
remorse. It's more, at eighty-four,
a thing of beauty on her wrist...

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Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 7/13/2018 9:21:00 PM
Powerful poetry beautifully expressed Lycia. The subtle shift in meaning of the repeated line is delicate but impactful. Congratulations on your wonderful win. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
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Date: 7/9/2018 8:00:00 PM
Powerful poem, Lycia. Glad you entered it in the contest an I got to read it today.
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Date: 7/9/2018 2:28:00 PM
A very moving poem, Lycia. Disturbing for all the right reasons yet beautiful for the strength of the survivor. A definite FAVE for me. Masterfully penned.
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Date: 7/9/2018 8:26:00 AM
Lovely, Lycia. Beautifully metered and enjambed.
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Lycia Harding
Date: 7/15/2018 2:02:00 PM
Thank you, Dale! Beautiful use of the word "enjambed" heh heh!
Date: 4/9/2018 4:00:00 PM
Wow Lycia, thank you for sending me the link to this. Goodness. Goosebumps. Such wonderfully worked change to the meaning of the refrain throughout the poem too. Again. Wow.
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Lycia Harding
Date: 4/12/2018 6:54:00 PM
Thank you, Nina. I'd like to see what you come up with if you decide to toy with the form a little bit! xoxo
Date: 6/9/2016 4:38:00 PM
Congrats on your 2nd place win in the "Any Poem You Ever Penned" poetry contest. I enjoyed your work - Jesse
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Lycia Harding
Date: 6/11/2016 7:57:00 PM
Thank you, Jesse, great contest!
Date: 1/14/2016 11:04:00 AM
#7 truly underrates this magnificent piece.. Absolutely brilliant
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Date: 1/5/2016 2:10:00 PM
This is a beautiful poem my dear , congrats on ur win you definitely deserve it with this remarkable poem...hugs / / :) dalia
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Date: 12/24/2015 6:55:00 AM
This is lovely. Wishing you a wonderful christmas season and a fulfilling new year.
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Date: 12/13/2015 9:28:00 PM
a thing of Beauty on my screen....well ms lady, that's all that is seen....from the words flowing from your pen....my dear Lycia, you are such an inspiring friend....;)
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Date: 12/13/2015 9:14:00 PM
WOW! Such a wonderful piece! So well developed with a powerful final verse. BRAVO Lycia! Best wishes, Keith
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Date: 11/28/2015 2:33:00 PM
Lycia, Congratulations on your well-deserved win. Love SKAT
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Date: 11/27/2015 11:28:00 AM
Lovely, expressive and creative, poem on this topic, Lycia. Congrats on your fine win. I see that congrats are also due for POTD...well done! Regards // paul
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 12:54:00 PM
Hi, Paul - Thank you so much! xoxo
Date: 11/26/2015 4:20:00 AM
Congrats on ur wonderful win Lycia.. great pen!
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 12:53:00 PM
Hi, Dr. Sharma - Thank you! xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 5:26:00 PM
Lycia..congrats on your win in my first contest! Awesome and emotional..thank you :)-lu *smiles*
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 12:51:00 PM
Hi, Laura - Thank you, so much for the excellent contest! Very inspiring topic. xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 4:00:00 PM
An Awesome poem, Lycia: It was very emotional.
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 12:49:00 PM
Hi, Paul - Thank you! xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 3:57:00 PM
Deep thoughts put together with imaginative pen and ink. It's a WOW WOW and Congratulations on Poem of the Day! Well deserved Lycia
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 12:49:00 PM
Hi, Judy - Thank you! xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 2:29:00 PM
This is a very deep write, Lycia. The ending is simply beautiful. A sign that bears testimony to what you have lost and the spirit that still resides inside. Powerful.
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 12:46:00 PM
Thank you, Eileen! xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 2:27:00 PM
Hello Lycia, Congratulations on POTD!! Very Well-Done here for sure. A very deeply articulated and well-conceived Quatern, wrought with courage, passion, emotion, and that spirit of an indomitable will of personal survival. A "7" + A "FAV"!! Outstanding Work!! Many like tragedies pervade our world even still today (especially with "ISIS" and other horrible terrorist groups)!! All of this after 70+ years since the fall of the Nazis and the death of Hitler. Cheers and Best, Gary
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 12:44:00 PM
Thank you, Gary! And thank you so much for your much appreciated expertise. xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 1:38:00 PM
- A really great write, Lycia - Congrats on your p.o.t.d. - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 12:43:00 PM
Hi, Anne-Lise - Thank you! xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 12:22:00 PM
We are reading the boy in the striped pyjamas at school - i found the poem sent a shiver down my spine - congrats on POTD Lycia - love your take on the theme:-) good luck hugs jan xx
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 9:55:00 AM
Jan, I truly look forward to your comments, they're always so descriptive and supportive. Thank you! xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 9:46:00 AM
Great choice for POTD!
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 9:38:00 AM
Hi, Richard - Thank you! xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 7:35:00 AM
A creative impressive poetic piece indeed....
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 9:38:00 AM
Thank you, Rizwana! xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 7:34:00 AM
the thing of beauty is a beacon for all to see how evil unchecked can kill. A wonderful tribute to all Shoah survivors.
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 9:36:00 AM
Yes, you are so right. Thank you, David! xoxo
Date: 11/24/2015 6:06:00 AM
Lycia, this is good heartfelt write with a powerful message. Congratulations on getting the poem the day. Enjoy the honor:-) Alexis
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Lycia Harding
Date: 11/27/2015 9:34:00 AM
Thank you, Alexis! xoxo