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Still and Stretched Out
by Chanti Niven
Thursday, May 08, 2008
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My brother died on 17th April (just a few short weeks ago). I haven't been able to write anything meaningful since but I'd like to offer something as a dedication. This is the best I could do for now...
(The picture I'm posting up was the most recent of his and one I used for his memorial last week)
R.I.P. Rupert. I love you!

Still and stretched out,
in a fine line of light
that traces memories
in their rippling, hazy flight
so much that is dark,
dismal or vague
…and yet so much more 
that is clear and bright.

I see your youthful image
so vividly in the film
that plays itself behind my eyes
raking memories from deep
within my pain-numbed mind.

Time moved forward
but left its patterned
marks behind,
like smudged fingerprints
on a pane glass window
So that when I search for you
I can only see you as a child
with those clear blue eyes
and lop-sided smile 
Your round freckly face,
brimming with youthful mischief
That mop of sun-bleached hair
brushed with twigs and leaves,
sometimes combed
but most times left perfectly wild

This vision I play out
is in such vivid contrast
to the bruised grey of
your lifeless face
upon the cold steel morgue table

and the pale grey of your ashes poured
into a cleft at Dassies’ Rock,
- our childhood haunt
A place where you can rest
my beloved brother.
Sleep... you're not in hell anymore...

Copyright Chantal Niven 2008

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Reviewed by John Domino 4/11/2009
A wonderful tribute for your brother.
This had to be a tough one to write.
Multiple blessings to you and your family,
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/12/2008
So heart touching, I'm so deeply sorry for your loss Chanti.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 7/28/2008
Chanti -
I am so disheartned to hear of your sadness, pain and loss ( I would be RIGHT here if it was my brother, Oh God) You wrote such a Beautiful, meaningful and loving poem for him and about him! My heart feels your pain, please hang in as your sweet memories of him with sustain you! This poem is absolutely wonderful!
Much LoVe, Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Lady Sheexoooo

STay Positive!RIP Rupert, A Peaceful Soul!
Reviewed by Cryssa C 6/11/2008
A beautiful eulogy for your brother...
A pain that is sharp and pointed...
May you feel peace, and be blessed with wonderful memories of your brother.

A superb write that had me envisioning your youthful brother in my mind.

Reviewed by Jeff Mason 5/25/2008
My condolences Chanti. This is a wonderful tribute. -- Jeff
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 5/19/2008
I am truly sorry to hear of your loss Chanti...blessings sincerely Holly
Reviewed by Approximately Naive 5/18/2008
My deepest condolenses, Chantal.

Yours Sincerely
Reviewed by John Leko 5/13/2008
...your words...hold beautiful remembrance of your brother...lifting one above cold be carried in the heavens of your heart...forever blue.
Reviewed by Charlie 5/9/2008
Every eulogy needs a poet behind it-- you're one of the best. A deep-from-the-guts write. RIP, Rupert. --Charlie
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/9/2008
A soul-wrenching write and a loving tribute; my deepest sympathy to you, Chanti. I have a feeling your words put a smile on your brother's face. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Paul Levy 5/9/2008
I was very sad to hear you news, Chanti, knowing the impact it would have on you. You've captured something so essential in the words of your poem. Sometimes all we can do is describe and portray, no more than that.

We breathe more than air; our life is more than years; our connections are more than in time; our memories are the seeds of futures.
Reviewed by Edwin Larson 5/9/2008
I know how hard it was for you to write this Chants, and how difficult the past few weeks have been. Rupert was so very blessed to have you as his sister. You were always there for him through thick and thin. I'm sure he's looking down from a better place now and that his youthful laughter will be forever heard at Dassies' Rock.

Your Cuddles
Reviewed by Scott Tacke 5/9/2008
It seems a travesty to make any critique on this. This poem comes from where poetry should always spring; emotion, deep and comprehensive. This speaks eloquntly, yet frankly about your state of mind right now. Enraptured in the escape of sunlit days gone by, and weighted by the stark reality of your loss. This is beautiful, moving, and honest. My most sincere condolences on your loss.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 5/9/2008
Know he is is in a better place awaiting us all.

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 5/8/2008
Beautiful Chanti,
My Deepest Empathy
I send an embrace to your heart with lovingness & try to console your pain for this deep loss in your life
Love & Hugs
Embraced ~ Embrassť
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/8/2008
So very sorry Chanti! Your tribute is splendid and with the picture gives us a glimpse of how precious he is and how great the loss!He's with the angels now!May you find comfort in that...

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/8/2008
Reaching down deep into the light of your soul to pen this outstanding tribute for your beloved brother. I am so deeply sorry for your loss and for all the pain in your loving heart. I hold my arms out in the offering of hugs to help ease your pain. Godspeed.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Jim Compton (Reader) 5/8/2008
If my arms would stretch 10,000 miles, I'd wrap you with hugs.
This was beautifully written, Chanti.

Reviewed by Michelle Mills 5/8/2008
Chants, I've said it before but I want to say it again. I'm so very sorry for your loss. This tribute is filled with the naked pain of loss, and the longings of a sister who is glad he's no longer suffering. Written as you always write...with honesty, clarity and incredible imagery... Please email me when you feel up to chatting again so we can get caught up this time for real. I'm here for you when you're ready. Love and hugs, Michelle
Reviewed by blue soplain 5/8/2008
..beautifully and lovingly rendered... prayers for you and your family; much grace and peace.. .
Reviewed by Laura Davis 5/8/2008
Chanti, I'm so sorry for your loss. I myself have recently lost a loved one and I know how painful it is. My prayers are with you.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/8/2008
You do your brother proud, Chanti. And you should take pride
in the quality of writing that shapes your loving tribute.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/8/2008

I'm so sorry for your loss - you are in my prayers.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 5/8/2008
Nothing anyone can say or do can take away the pain of losing a dear one, your poem is as beautiful as he.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/8/2008
My deepest condolences go out to you Chanti on the loss of your brother, I too lost my brother only a few short years ago and there will always be an empty spot in my heart to hold his memories in. My heart goes out to you and this was indeed a loving tribute to the man and his name.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/8/2008
(((((((HUGS and PRAYERS)))))))))

O, I am so sorry!! May God be with you during this sad time; may He give you the peace/comfort that passes all understanding!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Tony Channing 5/8/2008
Fantastic write Chanti, his time on earth was blessed with you as a sister
God bless
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/8/2008
Chanti my heart goes out to you dear as I am still trying to accept my brother's death from seven months ago. We must accept that they are in a better peaceful place and that our tears are shed for us dear. I know that he is with you as my brother is with me. Take care. Thank you for sharing with us.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Stan Grimes 5/8/2008
Holy geez, Chanti. I read your poem to the tune of the Wallflowers' "God Says Nothing Back" and I got goosebumps. Fantastic write. Wow is all I can say Chanti. I do hope all is well with you.
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