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Free to Be - For Whitney
by Annabel Sheila
Friday, February 17, 2012
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I woke up at 4 am this morning with these words chasing each other around in my muse refused to let me go back to sleep until I wrote this down....Rest in peace beautiful Whitney Houston!


He felt your tears; He heard your voice
He called your name; you had no choice.
He took you home, to walk with Him
He freed you from the pain within!
Right by His side, you’re not alone
Your journey’s done, and now you’re home.
You paid the price for wealth and fame
And now the world won’t be the same.
You’re free to be, no earthly ties
And though you never said goodbye,
Those who loved you understand
The spirit’s always close at hand.
Your voice a gift, you kindly shared
And even when you were really scared
You believed in Him, and He in you…
And He gave you the strength to carry through!
Our shattered hearts will mend one day
Cause broken hearts do mend they say.
And even though you’re really gone…
Your spirit will live on and on.
You’re free to be, no earthly ties
And though you never said goodbye,
Those who loved you understand
The spirit’s always close at hand.
© Annabel Sheila
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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/28/2012
A most fine and respectful tribute well-shared through your verses, Anna. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Sheri Hoff 2/27/2012
Thank you for writing this tribute for Whitney... I was very shaken by her death... she rose to fame during my college years... and my first movie date with my husband was to see The Bodyguard. Such a talent and you have written what my heart feels... well done.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 2/25/2012
I can understand why your muse wouldn't let you rest until you had this down on paper ... it is a most beautiful and fitting tribute and very heartfelt. Beautifully done! ~Elizabeth
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 2/22/2012
So beautifully done, Anna, so soulfully written!
What a heavenly voice ~ such a loss.
Reviewed by John Domino 2/20/2012
A wonderful tribute to Whitney Annabel Karissa! We are all sinners so who am I to throw stones at how she lived her life. I did write a book titled "Mentoring To-Go" and it may have helped Whitney because it contains information on how to break a habit. I hope and pray I can help someone like her through my writing so another talent like hers will not leave the earth so young. May God rest her soul. I loved her songs so much I just can't get her sweet voice out of my mind. But that is a good thing because she sings like an angel. Amen!

God bless you and your writing,

John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Amma Poet 2/19/2012
Beautiful tribute, very lovely and heartfelt.
Reviewed by JMS Bell 2/19/2012
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/18/2012
A wonderful tribute to Whitney Houston. I thought of writing one myself, but didn't. As long as I live, I will think of that voice and how she touched me every time she sang. Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 2/18/2012
Beautiful tribute to a troubled talented lady. Patrick
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 2/18/2012
This is a very beautiful tribute to one amazing woman, no matter how her life turned out, she is with her maker now...RIP Whitney...God loves you and will take care of you...

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Joy Hale 2/18/2012
Whitney is at peace now, her tortured life over. She is singing once again in the Heavenly choir, returning to her roots of gospel music. A lovely tribute, Annabell.

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/18/2012
And even though you’re really gone
Your spirit will live on and on.

How so very true, especially with a voice like hers.
Reviewed by Steve Ralph 2/18/2012
This is an absolutely fabulous tribute to a much loved star that will be sadly missed by all.
such beautiful words for such a beautiful entertainer.
thank you for sharing it.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 2/17/2012
A beauty and a voice of an angel now with Her Lord.
A gift she gave us. Beautiful poem Anna
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Laura Fall 2/17/2012
So beautifully written as this is truly amazingly written poetry Laura
Reviewed by Debbie Lacy 2/17/2012
Oh what great sentiments to Whitney Houston and I love it! She was adored by many for her outstanding talent as an artist and actress and its so sad to have lost such a phenominal woman. Well done Anna and blessings to you lady! :)

Reviewed by Richard King 2/17/2012
Like Jerry, I don't give her a lot of credit for the way she lived her life, or the way she wasted a once in a lifetime talent, but man that girl could sing.

Perfect rhythm to this one, Anna. Really well done.

Thanks Dick
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 2/17/2012
Very nicely said, Anna. She wasn't my favorite person because she fell into the sewer of crack, etc., and never took control of her life again. I don't slam her for being an addict, I was one, a bad one, but the slam is the inability to understand her greatness and climb out of that pit. We all have greatness within us in some form or other, she had it in abundance and abused it, failing herself unto the very end.
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