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Not so much meant to be political as supportive and show two sides, the ideal of freedom and the reality of slavery. Be gentle with your comments, not political but expressive. Thank you.

pink and sparkles spout above liberty statue cloud tauts happiness fireworks all around applaud hands clap on soil and sea the swirl of nations, a landing party of dreams... but some from afar drag chains as if dead, rowing amidst the cotton the white plant—has thorns— placed on Jesus saving crown. sowed on plantations — a reaping of civil war continues today. plumes of red and black fume over the green lady; a gift from the past. stripes upon the flag’s backside. hands raised beg for forgiveness 7/3/2020 STRAND COMPLETELY NEW(4)any theme any form Poetry Contest
John 19:1-3 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck them in the face.

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Date: 7/12/2020 12:40:00 AM
Exceptional truths written here Kim. Congratulations.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/12/2020 6:48:00 AM
Thank you, Mike!
Date: 7/10/2020 5:15:00 PM
Congrats on POTD "a reaping of civil war continues today." - so WRITE!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 5:18:00 PM
Thanks xx
Date: 7/9/2020 4:19:00 AM
This is a beautiful poem that we all need right now Kim. Your gracious words drip kindness and hope. Congratulations on POTD :)
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:47:00 AM
Thank you!
Date: 7/7/2020 11:34:00 AM
Congrats on POTD..
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:48:00 AM
Thank you!
Date: 7/6/2020 4:22:00 AM
A great call for inner beauty and grace! Congratulations on your POTD honour, Kim! A great work deserving recognition and acknowledgement! My deepest regards and blessings.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:48:00 AM
Thank you, Besma!
Date: 7/5/2020 11:03:00 PM
Congratulations on a wonderful and inspirational POTD my great friend. God bless..
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:48:00 AM
Thank you, Robert!
Date: 7/5/2020 3:40:00 PM
Congratulations on POTD. This is a powerful poignant poem that is thought provoking with many truths. Chantelle hugs xx
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:48:00 AM
Thank you, Chantelle!
Date: 7/5/2020 2:47:00 PM
very powerfully penned Kim,many congrats on POTD:-) hugs Jan xx
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:49:00 AM
Thank you, Jan!
Date: 7/5/2020 2:05:00 PM
- Congratulations on your p.o.t.d., Kim - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:53:00 AM
Thanks , Anne-Lise!
Date: 7/5/2020 1:44:00 PM
Powerful poem, my friend! Words to remember! Congratulations on your POTD.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:53:00 AM
Thank you, Sam!
Date: 7/5/2020 1:29:00 PM
Love the last line, hands begging for forgiveness. Startlingly poignantly imaged, Kim! Congrats on POTD! Best always, Gershon
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:53:00 AM
Thanks so much, my dear friend!
Date: 7/5/2020 1:00:00 PM
This really makes me happy for you, Kim. You dug deep for this one, and its message is timely. Congratulations on POTD, you truly deserve it. Enjoy the honor the day brings. Hugs ~ John
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:52:00 AM
Thanks so much, John! I appreciate it!
Date: 7/5/2020 12:38:00 PM
A very moving poem Kim. Born with free will many still must fight to keep it. Congratulations on your remarkable poem being honored with POTD Kim! Blessings xxoo
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:52:00 AM
Thank you, Connie!
Date: 7/5/2020 12:33:00 PM
You are so good at this. I had to catch my breath at the images! Congratulations! A fav.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:51:00 AM
Thanks so much, my poetry friend!
Date: 7/5/2020 11:19:00 AM
Treat one , Kim, congratulations on POTD :)
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:51:00 AM
Thank you, Eve!
Date: 7/5/2020 8:54:00 AM
A wonderous weave of ideas in one poem...Congratulations Kim on POTD...
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:50:00 AM
Thank you, Arturo! Yes, a weave of ideas. I like that!
Date: 7/5/2020 8:01:00 AM
Congratulations Kim on POTD with your powerful poem!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/10/2020 10:50:00 AM
Thank you, Tania!
Date: 7/5/2020 7:21:00 AM
Congrats on POTD, Kim, the imagery in this verse is gripping. A well deserved honor indeed, I will place this among my favorites. Hugs, John
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/5/2020 7:47:00 AM
Thanks so much, John!
Date: 7/5/2020 6:34:00 AM
Congrats Kim on poem of the day. A powerful reminder to all--the ending line resonates.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/5/2020 7:47:00 AM
Thank you, Vijay! :)
Date: 7/5/2020 6:00:00 AM
As I clicked on POTD I thought to myself "I hope Kim's poem made POTD", and looky that! Yay! I'm so glad to see this work being highlighted, I knew it was a brilliant and considerate, beautiful piece. Congratulations dear poetess! A lovely day to you! xomo <3
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/5/2020 6:26:00 AM
Thank you so much. Your support means a lot! I so love your poetry! <3
Date: 7/5/2020 4:19:00 AM
Powerful verse Kim, a well deserved POTD honour. Tom
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/5/2020 6:26:00 AM
Thank you so much! <3
Date: 7/5/2020 2:35:00 AM
Hey!...Johnny Watts...his vote has alot of pull Kimmy...Congrats!! on POTD!!...awesome verse my friend...best wishes...^WW^ :o)
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/5/2020 6:25:00 AM
Thank you, my friend! <3
Date: 7/3/2020 3:47:00 PM
Kim, a deeply moving write, great use of powerful imagery (crown of thorns, rowing amidst the cotton, landing party of dreams). Your faith is well expressed here, the subtle merging of the iconic crown of Lady Liberty with Christ's crown of thorns. He came to bring the truth that the truth might set us free. If I had a vote for POTD, this would be it my friend, and going in my faves. Just stunning ~ John
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/3/2020 4:16:00 PM
Thank you so much, my friend! I appreciate your vote!
Date: 7/3/2020 12:01:00 PM
A marvelous poem: Dynamic, informative, profound! I had the good fortune to climb the 176 steps inside Lady's body up to her crown back in 1971. Let me wish you Happy fourth of July. The Greek revolutionaries back in 1821 adapted your battle cry: Give me liberty or give me death! Blessings
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/3/2020 12:33:00 PM
Thank you for reading, for your comment and your share! Hugs
Date: 7/3/2020 10:32:00 AM
Potent and eloquent; beautifully done in my humble Canuck opinion. We just celebrated our nation's birthday without fireworks, I am native to the capital, it has never been that quiet here... usually the biggest party of the year- but there is pride to be found in that. xomo
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 7/3/2020 11:23:00 AM
There are always fireworks at the church next door but not this year. That’s ok. It is the oddest Summer!