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Rebirth

Rebirth seen from many angles

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Comment from Pearl Edwards
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Your opening verse is both dramatic and very emotional and your tri-verses continue as you show that light can come with darkness as in the coin rattling in the beggar's bowl. Well done with this one, you are really using all your emotions with your writing. Sorry I've not a six left for you.
cheers,
valda

 Comment Written 24-Jan-2022


reply by the author on 03-Feb-2022
    Thanks so much for the great review.
Comment from The Mom/DarleneThomson
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Dear Mr. McDowell,
I read your poem and was just thrilled. I am not sure if the 3 line stanzas are haikus or not but it made your poem so striking. I enjoyed the flow of this poem. I liked the artwork you chose. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Darlene

 Comment Written 24-Jan-2022


reply by the author on 03-Feb-2022
    Thanks so much, Darlene.
reply by The Mom/DarleneThomson on 03-Feb-2022
    Your welcome
Comment from Sally Law
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...And a blind girl writes something worthy to read. This is stunning with imagery, every line made me gasp. Amen and hallelujah! I felt like I had church here today. So nice to fellowship with you, my brother.

Blessings to you always,
Sally XOs

 Comment Written 24-Jan-2022


reply by the author on 03-Feb-2022
    Thanks for the great review, Sal.
Comment from John Ciarmello
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This is beautiful Theodore Mcdowell,
It was recommended to me by (Gee), that I come visit your work. I'm so glad I did and would love to follow your postings. Thank you. I'm a huge fan already.

 Comment Written 24-Jan-2022


reply by the author on 24-Jan-2022
    Thanks, John. Look forward to following your posts also.
Comment from lyenochka
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It seems you have threaded together a series of image-filled lune-like poems that show us how small things (like a coin or aspen leaves) or large things like tectonic plates can make a world of a difference to the entire environment. I couldn't determine if there was a progression or sequence to the order of these individual poems.

 Comment Written 24-Jan-2022


reply by the author on 24-Jan-2022
    Hey Helen, the poem is meant to address my individual spiritual awakening and describe the rebirth with a series of metaphors and images that emphasize how it felt at the moment of renewal. Each image looks at that moment from a different angle with different layers of meaning as a metaphor for rebirth and its nuanced meanings.
reply by lyenochka on 24-Jan-2022
    Ah! I forgot to think about the TITLE! Thanks for explaining!
Comment from GregoryCody
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Some great poetic tools, alliteration etc that really pull this along. Your word choices flow and create a beautiful story.


God's second creation,
in a stunning moment
he touched my withered soul,
made dead bones dance,
unwound the burial cloth.
Metaphors of transfiguration
burst like newly created stars
filling my universe:

You were born again through the Holy Spirit. Unwound the burial cloth with a reference to Lazaras (and Jesus actually).

Trqnsigurations. Metaphors. Nowhere near good enough to match what you experience. So the bubble, the illusion bursts in a beautiful way, like stars. A new universe. A new life.

A nocturnal flower
blooms
in the darkness.

The Word is a flame in the darkness

A gardener prunes
branches from a vine,
fruit abounds.
Reference to the vine (Jesus) and the gardener, sowing in good soil etc.


A blast furnace purges slag,
turns molten iron
into steel.

Phenomenal alliteration in the S


A prayer
swaddles
a bitter heart.

Aspen leaves
tremble
to the slightest breeze.

Assonance wraos this up perfectly.

Okay. The meaning.

Purges slag. Like the gardnener cuts the weeds and throws then into the furnace. Or burns off the old self, tosses off old ways, and creates STEEL, a sturdy man of faith.

Aspen leaves. Everything is connected, every delicate action has a reaction.

Hmm. That's a tough one.


WHOA THOUGH. I just stepped back and realized how good this was. Even IF I got it all wrong, the fact that it brought out to much thought.

I'm impressed and grateful to have read it. I'm a Christian apologist. This is a Beautifully written piece.





 Comment Written 24-Jan-2022


reply by the author on 24-Jan-2022
    Wow! What a great review in its analysis. Explain your role as a christian apologist-job? side interest? etc.
reply by GregoryCody on 24-Jan-2022
    I have been on a spiritual journey for about 5 years. I started off finding God, meeting Him with my wife. But I could Not truly believe word for word. Not the Bible literally.

    So I decided to look into it. Why shoukd I trust the Bible I ask my pastor.

    Then I started researching on my own. I mean REALLY researching. All I did.

    But long story short I realized there were MIND BLOWING Emperical FACTS that support the Bible literally. I made a few youtube videos even. I was so amazed.

    So I WON the logical debate. So much so that I SEARCH for people to ask me questions. Beg them to haha. I just have so much to share.

    But I realized I want Feeling God. So I've been on a quest to get better acquainted with the Holy Spirit.

    I read every day, Lectio Divo a, etc. And I am always watching youtube.

    That was a lot again sorry. Haha.
reply by GregoryCody on 25-Jan-2022
    Oh I hope I didn't bug you! I just talk quickly lol.
Comment from Gloria ....
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I really enjoyed your suite of rebirth verses. Each one illustrates the wholeness that can be found in observation of nature and all the truths they contain as their activities unfold.

Another fine poem from your quill, T. A please to read and review today. :))

Gloria

 Comment Written 23-Jan-2022


reply by the author on 24-Jan-2022
    Thanks for the great review, Gloria.
Comment from Pamplemousse1
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Hello T, this is a lovely metaphor for transformation and rebirth viewed from all these different occurrences. Together, they challenge the reader to count their blessings and seek beauty in the ordinary. We must never fail to be inspired in our lives--otherwise we stop living.

 Comment Written 23-Jan-2022


reply by the author on 24-Jan-2022
    Hey, P, thanks for the great review. I'm just off reading your self-portrait poem which was absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!
reply by Pamplemousse1 on 25-Jan-2022
    You are very welcome. I also really appreciated your read and generous appraisal of my latest poem.
Comment from Mary Vigasin
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Stunning imagery and writing of rebirth in its many forms. Your own words of your own rebirth and transfiguration are truly extraordinary.
Best wishes
Mary

 Comment Written 23-Jan-2022


reply by the author on 24-Jan-2022
    Hey, Mary. Thanks for the great review. Some people didn't get that I was looking at my own conversion experience from different angles. You, however, picked up on that immediately.
Comment from barbara.wilkey
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You're mentioned many rebirths in this poem. God has His hand in all of these. I especially liked this stanza:
A prayer
swaddles
a bitter heart.

I know it to be true. He's so good to us. I enjoyed reading and thank you for sharing this poem with us.

 Comment Written 23-Jan-2022


reply by the author on 03-Feb-2022
    Thanks Barb for the great review.