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Midnight Catharsis
by Chanti Niven
Sunday, January 23, 2005
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Dedicated to someone experiencing the intense pain of loss. I've been there. My heart goes out to you.

Nothing is lost that's wrought with tears:
The music that you make below
Is now the music of the spheres.

-John Davidson, A Ballad of Heaven

I weep in my sleep
When tears cannot be held
and emotion
flows freely from
my heaving heart.
The pillow damp
with pain poured out.
Hurt locked away
within an inner prison
Kept hidden within the folds
of my multifarious nature
in the night hours,
the sandman
pays the bail,
unlocks the jail
and sets these feelings free.
Until I wake and take
them captive,
lock up
then throw away the key...

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Reviewed by Nordette Adams 3/22/2005
At first I thought I was reading an ordinary poem, but the second half knocked it into a higher category, not because of the rhyme but because of the analogy and imagery. Great job, Chanti!!! You shine. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/25/2005
Who does not know the feeling? You express
very well the way we tend to sit on our
emotions -- fear them!! It would be wonderful
to think that the sandman is able to help
every mourner open up, if only in sleep.
Thank you for your sensitive and deeply
wise. . .want to call it a prayer. Heart to
heart, soul to soul, Phyllis
Reviewed by Daniel McTaggart 1/25/2005
I have gone through something like this in very much the same way. My bedroom pillow practically became a sponge. My heart goes out to you and the person to whom you wrote.
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 1/24/2005
Makes one fear sleep and the thoughts forethcoming. Thoughtful pen Chanti
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 1/24/2005
A most beautiful soul-sharing for someone who undoubtedly
is in much pain emotionally. Your kindness touches so many,
dear Chanti.
I will miss Silke's poems as well.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/23/2005
A heart-wrenching write...
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 1/23/2005
Judy & Janet, thanks for pointing out the font colour. I've darkened it to make it easier to read. I hope this works. I wanted to use grey (gray) to compliment the content of the poem but it was too light. Thanks again.
Love Chanti
You are welcome Steven. I dedicated this poem to you after reading your article about Silke your beloved wife. No words can offer you the comfort you need but it is good to know that people care.

NOTE: Silke, Steven's 'soul wife' has been declared brain dead. Her loss is shared by many on the den who came to know and care for her.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/23/2005
This is a write that will touch the heart of all who reads it. Thank you for such a beautiful sharing.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/23/2005
Your compassion and heartfelt empathy shine through this lovely poetic offering, Chanti. Love, peace and strength to you. Regis
Reviewed by Jeff Mason 1/23/2005
You clearly show empathy in this write. Very nicely done. -- Jeff
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/23/2005
You sure have great empathy, with someones private hell.
Sounds like you're this sandman, paying the bail, releasing your friend from gaol. Helping them back to heavenly freedom.

I never have understood this sandman thing?
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/23/2005
I am like Janet and I understood what you wrote and find that it is indeed written from pain. My eyes are bad too.
Reviewed by Janet Parker 1/23/2005
This is very well written and is pulsating with pain. I like the idea of the light type, but my eyes are so bad I can hardly read it.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 1/23/2005

Saandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/23/2005
This is a visual and verbal supreme tribute to the act of mourning and you have captured it so well.

Reviewed by jude forese 1/23/2005
awesome elegance!
Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader) 1/23/2005
such very extraordinary sensitive writing Al
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/23/2005

Your compassion encompasses each empathetic word; a most beautiful, moving tripbute. Excellent write!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Paul Williams 1/23/2005
Another stunnig piece, a sad but hopeful poem, that dictates a positive attitude to our nefarious emotions.

your friend Paul:-}
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 1/23/2005
A very powerful and compassionate write, Chanti. To understand another's grief and through your own past experience, be able to validate their feelings and help them through it all, shows your compassionate heart and your lack of selfishness. Beautiful poetry!
Take care,
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