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07/16/10
What a sad, heart-wrenching story this told. I had to read it three times to get the full meaning. But the end says it all: Although condemned to a punishment he didn't deserve, he died a hero for a country he loved. I'm not sure what else to say about this poem. It is such a sad tale. However, the writer certainly has a wonderful way with words and knows how to wring emotion from the reader. I have tears in my eyes. I would love to hear a full story of this, even though it may be just a fictional happening. ... Helen
07/16/10
I just love stories set to verse and this is so beautifully done. Like Helen, I would love to know more - it has the mark of a true story.
I love how you set this fictional story to a wonderful poem-much more emotional than the story.
Although "The Man Without A County" is historical fiction, Philip Nolan was an actual person who served as the inspiration for the book. (I wanted to clarify this for anyone who is unfamiliary with the story.) I love the way you developed a poem around his story as presented in the novel. Very nicely done.
07/18/10
Well written. It reminds me of what hell is like--separation from our heavenly home and Father.
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and the top 40 overall.