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The Birds

He turned away, his face was filled with scorn; She stood there, frozen, waiting for his words, “I wish to God that you had not been born". As he walked off she heard the songs of birds. She wondered then how could her God allow This mocking sound so sweet and so assured; Her soul was crushed but could she break her vow; Against this pain, her heart was not inured. She lay her head upon her pillow hard; She dreamed that night of monsters and of fear; The morning saw her pale and sorely marred; How could she leave this marriage once held dear. The day wore on with agonizing pace; Then came a change, no more would she employ The sacrifice she’d given to this place; Again, outside, the birds sang out in joy. She left his house and forward turned her gaze; Her soul sang out and joined the birds in praise.

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Date: 12/21/2018 11:44:00 AM
Congratulations, Deb, for this very insightful verse - my kind of poetry. Many thx for our kind comment re my win. I served as a Bailiff for 10 years after I retired from the AF and at that time there were 2 blind judges in Colorado. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family - Bob
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Date: 12/21/2018 3:54:00 PM
Thank you, Bob. I think you developed a unique knowledge of justice, very aptly applied to your poem. I wish you, as well, a very Merry Christmas.
Date: 12/20/2018 5:19:00 PM
Deb, this is so well written, but it is longer than a regular sonnet and the line limit was 14 max. It would have moved up a notch had it been the right length. Congratulations on your third-place win in a contest with very strong competition! Best wishes for the holidays, Carolyn
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Date: 12/20/2018 6:02:00 PM
Thanks ever so much, Carolyn. I didn’t mean to enter this one. I had written another poem for your contest and entered this one in error. Please see soupmail. Deb
Date: 12/19/2018 3:20:00 PM
Wow, this is very good. I can feel it as I read it. Well done :)
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Date: 12/20/2018 8:25:00 AM
Thank you, Heidi. I appreciate your support and kind words. Take care. Deb
Date: 12/19/2018 2:25:00 PM
The birds like her decision. You depicted a scene that relates to many lives. You captured the feelings in her heart. Well done, Deb.
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Date: 12/20/2018 8:24:00 AM
Hi Vijay. Thanks so much for reading my poem. Your words mean so much to me. You seem to understand completely the message I am trying to convey. I appreciate you. Deb