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breaking through his defenses parents argue outside words bleached that wash to squalor his boyhood bubble his angel missing in a roasted heat that strips wallpaper politeness he puts red wax lips on his teddy bear as curses breeze past like clouds de-coupling his teddy bear who utters no evil can shift the narrative to anchor missing pieces fake, furry therapist who hears a boy's words whispered to the walls that question clover living stuffed animal toy in gallant wax lips that won't scream in neon that won't steal a child's game that won't gulp a bite of crazy a telltale pleasure to draw a boy's belief to harbored endings to others, rose-lipped, who'll speak a different pitch Poem composed: May 3, 2021 Open Poetry 4 Poetry Contest Sponsor: Charlotte Puddifoot

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Date: 5/25/2021 7:37:00 AM
Congratulations on such an originally unique poem on the joy of childhood toys. So simple and reflective.
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Brian Sambourne
Date: 5/25/2021 5:35:00 PM
Thank you, Frances. Your thoughtful comments boost my day to pleasurable. Indeed, toys + play offer children an escape from family anger + dysfunction - it certainly did for me. Best wishes, Brian
Date: 5/12/2021 1:49:00 PM
Hi Brian, I'm glad to see you are still writing, hard, real, true and powerful pieces of work such as this. All the better for it receiving a top place in a PS competition too. I'm intrigued by your writing style that I find helps me how I read the words amongst the pauses. I think this adds a certain intensity. Cheers - Gary
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Brian Sambourne
Date: 5/12/2021 2:41:00 PM
Hi Gary, Most appreciative for your positive view of my submissions. I well understand that in a pandemic, poetry soupers often bypass gritty poems. But I write on. Folks such as yourself encourage + spur the muse. Many thanks, Brian
Date: 5/12/2021 7:12:00 AM
Congratulations!
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Brian Sambourne
Date: 5/12/2021 7:42:00 AM
My appreciation for your stop by + comment. Be well. Brian
Date: 5/12/2021 6:55:00 AM
Love this... I still remember my favorite teddy bear :) God bless you always, Love, Gina CONGRATS TOO
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Brian Sambourne
Date: 5/12/2021 7:02:00 AM
Hi Gina, So thoughtful of you to comment. Do you remember the red wax lips once sold at candy counters? Baby sitting in my teens, I saw the 7 year old child (under my watch) put red wax lips on her teddy bear. Strange what images stay with us. Best wishes, Brian
Date: 5/12/2021 4:42:00 AM
no surprise to see you high on my winners' list again! you are so good at tackling the controversial, emotive subjects..i love the unusual phrasing in this, and the ending is particularly good - congrats on your win in my contest!
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Brian Sambourne
Date: 5/12/2021 6:58:00 AM
Thank you Charlotte, for your affirmative response + high placement. Honestly, I thought my piece might make the top 10 but hope was not high. Poems with unusual wording + hard hitting topics often receive limited recognition. You are the exception. Thank you again. Be well. Brian