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Coral life forms in copious swarms
feast in the Cambrian chyme,
dividing their cells and forming their shells
to end on the seafloor 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. Dominic'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 holds 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,
to chip out the darkness and pride,
to smooth the rough patches, to polish the scratches
and unshackle the angel inside.

© January 26, 2013

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 2/24/2019 12:50:00 PM
Hello Roy, I have just read your poem. It is a great write. Enjoyed your poem. have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 8/1/2015 9:50:00 PM
Roy.. I loved your magnificent winning write, many congrats!
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Date: 7/28/2015 10:43:00 AM
You never disappoint! BRAVO! Congrats on the win.
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Date: 7/27/2015 2:05:00 AM
Congrats on ur wonderful winning write Roy ! Amazing pen!
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Date: 7/26/2015 4:27:00 PM
ROY, Congratulations on Your Best Poem #2 win. **SKAT**
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Date: 7/26/2015 4:01:00 PM
incredible and exquisite pen Roy congrats on placing hugs
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Date: 7/26/2015 4:01:00 PM
WOW Roy I am simply blown away with the imagery and flow of the poem - can see why you chose this one for the contest - my congrats:-) hugs Jan a 7 from em
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Date: 1/11/2015 12:03:00 PM
Ahh yes! The sculpters chisel, painters brush and the poets pen... You seem to set an angel free with each stroke of pen, dear friend.. Hugs.. Arlene
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Date: 3/4/2014 1:32:00 PM
This is simply perfection....you 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...
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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.
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Date: 5/23/2013 3:44:00 AM
This is amazing, favorite'd
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Date: 5/20/2013 7:04:00 PM
Fantastic, congrats on your win. Outstanding.
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Date: 5/19/2013 9:38:00 PM
this is a nice poem, CONGRATS!! SKAT
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Date: 5/19/2013 7:09:00 PM
Roy...your very best.....my favorite....congratulations
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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.
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Date: 5/19/2013 12:52:00 PM
A most deserving win. This poem is a near masterpiece. Congratulations.
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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
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Date: 5/18/2013 9:58:00 PM
well deserved 1st place.nice flow and rhyme.take care
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Date: 5/18/2013 8:32:00 PM
Congratulations with your winning word play poem Roy... Take Care <3 xox <3 LINDA
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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
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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
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Date: 5/17/2013 6:16:00 PM
Congrad's on Your Win. Light & Love
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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
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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
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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!
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