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by George M Jackson
Thursday, March 03, 2005
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He thinks of her from time to time

But not like before, when she was

The sun his life revolved around

And he often wonders at this, a

Fact he pretends to overlook but

Knowing anyway that she crosses

His mind perhaps a bit more than

He allows himself to believe.


You smoke too much, she would say

To him, usually at the breakfast table,

Before talk had become so cheap and

They squandered away empty words that

Eventually held no value at all, until

Silence became the main commodity

But it was her table now anyway, he

Thinks, reaching for a cigarette.


Her picture still rides his wallet, but

He seldom lets it out, and this seems

To please him, though it is a grim

Sort of pleasure, because it shames

Him as well, like a small child who

Cages a bird that he knows in his

Heart was meant to fly, yet refusing

To set it free because of its song.


He takes another pull off his smoke.






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Reviewed by Bennett 12/16/2005
The comments and the things we hear in life are sometimes for our own good or healt you know. I am still loving your expression in your work as a man.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/6/2005
Fantastic metaphors here, George. Keeping the bird caged for its song is one which many will doubtless be able to identify with - on both sides of the fence. I wonder how many keep pictures in their wallets - to confine and confide. Fantastic snapshot here. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Dave Harm 3/5/2005
The head knows, but the heart hangs on...
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/5/2005
Mary has aptly put her finger on it. Life goes on without any changes in it.. Well done and thanks for your review of my poem.
Reviewed by Mary Quire 3/5/2005
This is very well written. I like the mysterious air that you leave--not telling exactly what happened to her--and not needing to.

Reviewed by jude forese 3/4/2005
exceptional imagery and atmosphere ... sometimes we hide what we refuse to see ...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/4/2005
Captivating poem that touches the soul of the reader, George. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/4/2005
An extremely powerful slice of life poem, George.
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 3/4/2005
This oozes atmosphere and introspection. What a great write George. You are so talented!
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 3/3/2005
hmmm.... you really do know how to dig deep, George. Tightly penned, resonate piece. Bravo!
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 3/3/2005
Definetly beautiful poem and almost like a song.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 3/3/2005
Very nice write. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 3/3/2005
george this was so great, i read it and then went back right away and read it again...this is my favorite style of poetry
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/3/2005
So very familiar, a scene that with just a few changes here and there
touches everyone. Beautifully done George!Your gift for nuance well used here.

Reviewed by Tracey Hardie 3/3/2005
George .... wonderful write...the imagery is great!
Reviewed by John Bidwell 3/3/2005
This really holds attention to the very end.
Great writing.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/3/2005
Stark imagery that haunts even the reader!!

Well penned George!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by D May (Reader) 3/3/2005
Oh George, this is hauntingly beautiful and unselfish. I need to print this out and tuck it inside a book, so I can read this over and over. Excellent write.
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