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Christmas Triptych
by Christine Tsen

Monday, December 22, 2014
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Christmas Triptych 
Red birds tinseling holly bushes outside my window
as I listen to the Mysstical teacher, Carolyn,
for things I’ve not yet learned
Take the one least familiar
The place where you need the most faith
again and again and again
Whichever one scares you the most is your path
the right one
the one with destiny
and so I am compelled self staring 
down an inevitable un-motored road

I may as well be a Goose on a tattered trajectory
or a traveler riding misbehaving tires
each wanting to conjure up a flat
as red-bird-of-paradise slam around
like Gabrielic emissaries flashing light 
of winter star, red berries, crimson hollies 
on evergreen shapes and Christmas pavement
chutney of a heart’s pinioned tongue

Lametta's melting the red bird's rookery before, 
six inches deep, she freezes over -- 
my car has idled too long.

© Christine Tsen December 2014
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Reviewed by Kenny Baez 2/13/2015
Always a pleasure to read your poetic journeys, Christine. best wishes kenny
Reviewed by William Bonilla 2/4/2015
an absolutely beautiful piece love the picture with it
Love & Peace be with you

Reviewed by Jeff Mason 2/3/2015
Absolute perfect imagery! I would ask: "as red-bird-of-paradise slam around" - should it be "red-BIRDS- ... slam around" or "red-bird ... SLAMS around?" Sorry, just being the nit-picky grammar cop that lives inside me. I *LOVE* the portrayed imagery of the "un-motored road;" and the one-of-a-kind line: "chutney of a heart’s pinioned tongue;" just SO amazingly vivid!
Reviewed by JMS Bell 1/28/2015
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 1/12/2015
This is certainly the right philosophy and the way to boldly live life. I love this poem Christine, the message, the beautiful descriptives.
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 1/9/2015
Well happy new year! Good to see you! Elaborate and rich with red. May 2015 bring good things and a flowing pen!
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 1/8/2015
simply beautiful work, Christine...imagery and metaphor abound
Reviewed by Andy Turner 1/3/2015
Of late I seem to be buying triptych paintings, spec' of seascapes and forests.
Poetry, poetry, you're poetry.
Keep the tyres in prime condition and live with a perfect turn on-able ignition.

Indeed, you've idled too long. Unfreeze and live unfrozen with your enchanting music.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 12/28/2014
Unique in poetry flair..beautiful image and verses within
destiny of the heart.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Edward Phillips 12/24/2014
The road less traveled always lures me also.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 12/23/2014
I sense a bit of traveling "over the hills and through the woods" to this little poem on "misbehaving tires." What a wonderful painting of words that depict the wonders of this time of the year so well… Red, green, all covered with white. Thoroughly enjoyable. you certainly didn't "idle too long" for me.

Reviewed by D. Vegas 12/23/2014
First, like John said, you have been Missed!
Destiny is the one you would least choose...
at least when you have tried the others.
Beautiful poetry with imagery.


Reviewed by John Domino 12/23/2014
Dear Christine,

Thank you! I just learned the meaning of a word I never heard before:

Triptych - a painting or carving consisting of three panels, often made as an altarpiece hinged together so that, when the smaller outer panels are folded, the middle part is entirely covered.

A very lively and cleaver poem. I don't read many like that. I said it before, you have some unique talents and your writing has been missed by many on the Den.

Here is wishing you the best Christmas and New Years that's ever been!

Peace, love and blessings,

John Michael
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 12/23/2014
I can see you traveling down that snow covered road
Riding side saddle
I open my tongue
And nonsense spews out
you unbutton your vest
and what covers you
Shining Charity head to toe
truly amazing heavenly rest
filled with Christmas Hope
and dripping with the coming of a restored Faith.

Ms Christine Tsen may you have the Merriest of Christmas
Reviewed by jude forese 12/23/2014
enjoyed the vivid and fluid imagery
Reviewed by richard cederberg 12/23/2014
A lovely altar-piece this. Three verses, three panels hinged to the next, and all etched with gold-leaf and richly-blended colors. Christmassy imagery. Lovely. Your élan with words remains singular and effective. (Perhaps) the true meaning of life is to plant trees, CT, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Peace and love to you...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/23/2014
Take the one least familiar

Often the best path, and the most revealing. (Great Graphic, too.)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/22/2014
We sang songs from "Frozen" in our choir's winter concert. Your verses awaken loveliness within me; lovely like you, Christine. Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 12/22/2014
Well we've waited so long for this! This is your time of year, you know the feeling in the air, the temp, the teacher, the time of season, and you've skidded fractals imaging Disney's "Frozen!- Let it Go!" How very apropos. This line is a masterpiece all on its own, spicy and biting, clipped from the pureness of a dove's wing. Merry Christmas, Christine.

Spirit Kin,

"chutney of a heart’s pinioned tongue"

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