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A Single Feather

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hoot_owl_rn
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0 posted 10-27-1999 09:53 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

A Single Feather

A tiny white dove
Set out in flight
So warm and trusting
On a deep dark night

Misled by her insticts
Blinded by scorn
She turns the wrong way
Is impaled on a thorn

Impaled on the thorn
Blood stains feathers white
She cries out in pain
Won’t give up the fight

Her right wing's damaged
She is broken and scared
She longs for the safety
That she once shared

Still hope springs eternal
And with one final cry
She loosens herself
And heads for the sky

Battered and bleeding
She holds her head high
For sometimes a single feather
...Is enough to fly


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This is courage...to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends. ~Eurpides


[This message has been edited by hoot_owl_rn (edited 10-27-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Systematic Decay
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1 posted 10-27-1999 10:10 AM       View Profile for Systematic Decay   Email Systematic Decay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Systematic Decay

I like this, Ruth, especially the last two stanzas.

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"Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage."
-Billy Corgan-
Ohme
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2 posted 10-27-1999 10:20 AM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

Beautiful, Hoot. Ditto on the last two stanzas.
Marilyn
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3 posted 10-27-1999 10:30 AM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Bravo Ruth. Truer words I have never heard. Thankyou for this.
Iloveit
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4 posted 10-27-1999 10:57 AM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

well I think I am just a bit shattered today, but this made me cry, it is very beautiful ...very moving.....
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5 posted 10-27-1999 11:14 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Very well done Hoot...always love your stuff!
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6 posted 10-27-1999 12:15 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.
Sally S.
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7 posted 10-27-1999 12:24 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

A sad poem mixed with beauty, skill and triumph...kinda like life, eh? Nice work, Ruth.
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8 posted 10-27-1999 12:31 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Lovely!
U K Hero
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9 posted 10-27-1999 12:45 PM       View Profile for U K Hero   Email U K Hero   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for U K Hero

One word ‘BRILLIENT’
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10 posted 10-27-1999 01:40 PM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

I love the end. Brambles and Thorns and the scorns of life, cannot halt the soul's flight. Keep looking up.


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No matter where you go, somebody's probably already been there and gotten the parking space...
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11 posted 10-27-1999 02:07 PM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Loved this Hoot. Excellent!

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
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12 posted 10-27-1999 02:41 PM       View Profile for Verma   Email Verma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Verma

I have to agree with U K Hero on this one....well done
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13 posted 10-27-1999 03:26 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

So very beautiful......

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A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extrordinaire!
Tara Simms
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14 posted 10-27-1999 04:27 PM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

What a pretty mental picture this brings to mind, Ruth. Thank you!
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15 posted 10-27-1999 05:04 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

A valuable lesson here, Ruth. An inspiring story well told -- I enjoyed it very much.

--Kess

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You cannot choose the way of your death, but the path you choose will determine its own end.

Skyfyre
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16 posted 10-27-1999 05:39 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Beautiful, hoot. What a lovely song ...

Nocht

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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(Now as I hear this bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")

Andrew Scott
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17 posted 10-27-1999 05:43 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Lady Hoot: I echo all who have come before... Glad you had the strength to keep flying. I bow to you and yours
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Lovely, Hoot! Very lovely!

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Denise
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19 posted 10-27-1999 06:08 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

This one, Hoot, touches a spot inside me, not many can reach. Thank you. Absolutely beautiful.
hoot_owl_rn
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20 posted 10-27-1999 06:23 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I am overwhelmed by the nice responses to this one, thank you all for your positive comments.
Hugs
Ruth
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21 posted 10-27-1999 06:42 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

How wonderful. You wrote a poem about me! j/k..but really it fits quite nice. I love the imagery you used the way you explained this. Could have told me to have my tissue ready! Beautiful and what hope my friend!
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22 posted 10-27-1999 07:29 PM       View Profile for charamyst   Email charamyst   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for charamyst

This is very beautiful.
Severn
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23 posted 10-28-1999 03:00 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

You do justice to the freedom of flight, that you do.
Michael
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24 posted 10-28-1999 06:41 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Well, this is one of those were just beautiful don't cut it. Such a powerful ending to an otherwise sad poem....the essence of hope portrayed...perfect, Ruth.

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Michael Anderson

Is all that we see or seem
but a dream within a dream?


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