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Baby Birds

You told me
when I nearly died
how weird it felt
to feed me
how agape I waited
mouth open wide
for the next spoonful
like I did as a baby

Hungry little bird

You told me
when you were dying
you didn't see me till
days after I was born
years of guilt
that we did not bond 
unwed teenage moms
in those days
unconsidered 

Hungry little birds

You told me
when I was dying
for your approval
that I was not pretty enough
not strong enough
ridiculed me
insulted me
cut me off

Hungry little bird

I told you
when you were dying
when you asked me
why
that it was all ok
that we just were who we were
and that I loved you
that it's    ok
mom it's ok

Hungry little bird

A decade since
you passed away
I live with 
echoes of your words
and only now
I realize 
that for your love
I will always be

Your hungry baby bird


17.03.19

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Date: 2/17/2019 1:08:00 PM
That is beautiful Maureen and emotional Congratulations on your placement in the contest!!!
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 2/17/2019 3:37:00 PM
Thank you Bobby! :) xomo
Date: 2/13/2019 8:22:00 PM
Congrats! Thanks for sharing your talent. God bless you.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 2/17/2019 3:36:00 PM
Thank you Beata :) xomo <3
Date: 2/13/2019 3:07:00 PM
Maureen, How emotional this poem is bring tears! Congratulations.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 2/17/2019 3:35:00 PM
Thank you Michael :) xomo
Date: 2/13/2019 11:43:00 AM
Simply Excellent. Congrats to win. Love
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 2/17/2019 3:34:00 PM
Thank you Anisha :) xomo <3
Date: 2/12/2019 6:08:00 PM
All that others have said! Just beautiful! This is a fave for me.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 2/13/2019 8:18:00 AM
Wow, thank you P.S. :))) xomo!
Date: 2/12/2019 4:59:00 PM
This brought me near to tears, Maureen. Congratulations on your win!
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 2/13/2019 8:17:00 AM
Thank you Carol, mo hugs <3
Date: 2/12/2019 4:56:00 PM
Wow! Awesome write, Maureen. Many congrats on your top-drawer/drewer placement in this contest, which featured so many amazing poems. Way to go, my friend! :) gw
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 2/13/2019 8:16:00 AM
Thank you Gershon <3 This one was probably the most cathartic for me~ I owe this place for nurturing my muse to be able to heal. xomo
Date: 2/12/2019 4:56:00 PM
Ah gosh. Wow. Just wow. A fave <3
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 2/13/2019 8:10:00 AM
Hugs and thank you (!!!) <3 xomo
Date: 2/12/2019 3:32:00 PM
Heart rendering Maureen. Well deserving of a top three spot.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 2/13/2019 8:09:00 AM
Thank you so much Cecelia! For the opportunity to dust this one off, and for my wonderful placement. xomo
Date: 4/14/2018 12:04:00 AM
Yup, I lost it ... this got to me, big-time, and is so heartfelt and sad, my friend. There are few bonds that can compare or cut as deep, and my heart bleeds for you, my friend, as I am going through this, (as you know), and will be going through more not long from now. This is just gorgeous, and profoundly touching. Faving for sure. Love you, Friend. <3
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 4/14/2018 6:37:00 AM
Damn, I couldn't just read your comment but had to reread and relive, sniff. Humour aside, thank you my dear friend. I am here for you <3
Date: 4/11/2017 1:05:00 PM
This is so touching and beautifully written, Maureen! Congrats on your win :)
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Date: 4/10/2017 8:51:00 PM
Great imigary, Maureen, congratulations on your win :-)
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 4/11/2017 10:48:00 AM
Thank you Eve :) xomo!
Date: 4/10/2017 1:57:00 PM
Very beautiful, so tender and loving, so very special.... a 7...Congratulations :) Ton petit Piroet.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 4/11/2017 10:47:00 AM
Thank you sweet Piroet xomo hugs your way!
Date: 4/10/2017 8:04:00 AM
I always say this but I feel that if you don't open with a stunning line it makes the rest of the poem less interesting. The first stanza caught my eye right away and I couldn't wait to read the rest of the poem. great one...thank you and congrats :)-luloo
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 4/10/2017 8:56:00 AM
Thank you Laura Loo! I am honoured ;) Have a wonderful day xomo
Date: 3/24/2017 5:55:00 AM
Very touching indeed! One of the best I read. Thank you for visiting my poem.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/24/2017 6:54:00 AM
Wow Aniruddha, honoured, thank you so much. Bless xomo
Date: 3/23/2017 8:28:00 AM
An excellent heart tugging write Mo~Very touching! G/L in the contest~Che :)
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/23/2017 8:37:00 AM
Thank you Cheryl! What contest? Should this be entered in something? ;) xomo!
Date: 3/23/2017 7:18:00 AM
This is an amazing poem Maureen. It is very moving and touched my heart. You did a wonderful job here.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/23/2017 8:13:00 AM
Wow, thank you so much Michael. Honoured. Bless xomo
Date: 3/22/2017 8:16:00 PM
This is a very moving poem. I absolutely love the repetition "Hungry little bird." Great poem Mo!
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/22/2017 9:42:00 PM
Thank you dear poet; this write moved a ton of weight off my own soul, the power of a good metaphor. Did I mention happy spring? :) xomo
Date: 3/21/2017 8:03:00 AM
Maureen, your poem moved me to tears. I'm glad you felt some healing in writing it. As you so wisely said, it may be difficult "to recognize the pain as pain after holding it in such a stoic embrace for so long" . . . but your pain, as a long time companion, gently touched almost every line you wrote in this beautiful poem:) Amitiés
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/21/2017 8:41:00 AM
thank You Anne-Marie, your kind words a hug :) xomo
Date: 3/20/2017 7:33:00 PM
I think all of us have memories of rejection when we were little. Mistakes our parents made that they hoped we would not remember but which left their marks on our hearts and our personalities. We have to remember that they were not anymore perfect than we are and we make mistakes too. Sometimes serious ones that we hope will not be remembered. Great write here Maureen. God Bless and a big 7 from me. JB
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/20/2017 8:10:00 PM
Indeed. My mother did a good job when I was little, she tried and did succeed in giving me a good foundation. I understood where she came from and always did see through her words. She didn't know who her best friends were. Thank you again Judy. Hugs xomo
Date: 3/20/2017 7:18:00 PM
You are one of the sweet poets here. The things that happen to us are painful to think about. How difficult it is to put the hurt in a useful place. I have a lot of trouble getting myself out of the cycling pain that keeps coming back for another run.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/20/2017 8:55:00 PM
Thank you Duke :) indeed. I find it difficult to recognize the pain as pain after holding it in such a stoic embrace for so long. I suppose it's all about stepping off that ride...
Date: 3/20/2017 4:08:00 PM
I know very little about poetry but I know feelings and I could feel your emotion through my hole self Thank you for that write..
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/20/2017 5:18:00 PM
Moving comment Glen, thank you, I am honoured. mo
Date: 3/20/2017 12:28:00 PM
A beautiful write!
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/20/2017 5:18:00 PM
thank You dear :) xomo
Date: 3/20/2017 10:30:00 AM
Hello Maureen. Only the Free Verse format could pull off such an entry and thought. Please allow me to let your expressive and emotional words stand. You have expressed yourself wonderfully and with power. You incorporation of Hungry Little Bird was was excellent. Well done throughout.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/20/2017 11:51:00 AM
Thank you so much Lisa for your kind and generous words. The hungry little bird metaphor took flight to rather unexpected heights; this was an exceedingly healing write. I really appreciate your visits and feedback. Happy Spring! xomo
Date: 3/19/2017 8:40:00 PM
very moving, maureen! i love the way you've constructed this poem, too...
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 3/19/2017 9:36:00 PM
Thank you Ilene, bless & happy spring! xomo
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