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  The Sound of Thought
by Jeff Mason
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Dedicated to the memory of my cousin, Roger Key, who died of cancer, July, 2002, age 41. He loved “caving!” Roger was a former U.S. Marine, & influenced me to join as well. He left behind a wife and two sons (Alice, Jay and Christopher). May God bless Roger's family.






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Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 12/24/2003
Too bad there's not a poetry magazine on "caving". This would be perfect for it.
Reviewed by Gaye Dale (Reader) 11/20/2003
Jeff, this is beautiful. First time to your site and I am, of course, very impressed. A precious tribute and very special gift to Alice, Jay and Christopher. Congratulations on your accomplishment here at the 'Den' - may there be many more!!!
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 11/19/2003
Beautiful picture and word-weaving images :)! Perchance your cousin is reading this in one of heaven's caves and smiling down on you. Congradulations!
:)Sandy
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 11/19/2003
I don't know how I missed this one Jeff....most likely it was the days I was away...but it is an awesome poem..expressive and deep...and CONGRATULATIONS on your win....you do deserve it....floria
Reviewed by Tarek Hassan 11/9/2003
Wonderful tribute. Powerful yet sensitive verses.Very moving and touching reminder of the sadness and tragedy that pursues human existence and which we transcend with creativity, communication and love.

Tarek
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney 11/9/2003
A very very fine tribute so excellent in its delivery,very well done Jeff, sorry about your loss, its never an easy time for those in the middle. take good care again very well done here...Mark
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 11/8/2003
A fantastic poem Jeff!! A tribute that would lift up any heart.

Visions infuse rooms once empty
Filling these hallowed halls with sight.
Images like creatures scurry
Transforming shadow into light. <---Love that!!!


Your rhyme and meter is fantastic........your depth divine.....I'd say top shelf..Very impressed.

Ty, Dani
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 11/8/2003
Vivid images jumped at me with every line. This a very beautiful poem. I am a photographer, and in my fiction writing I find myself using light and dark metaphors quite often. I could see the working of them mind in this work. Very well done, and a lovely tribute to your cousin and his family. Glad you came into my site. Now I've found yours.

Carmen
Reviewed by William Heffner 11/8/2003
You are well read, thanks for sharing your talent.

God Bless You and Your Loved Ones

Officer William Heffner
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 11/8/2003
Profoundly elegant composition!
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 11/7/2003
Jeff, Fantastic piece - well-crafted and incisive emotional content -and fitting tribute. "Tearful arias" and your close resonated for me, and the interplay with image / concept of caving was exquisite. You are quite accomplished in your expression. My prayers with your extended family tonight. Dawn
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/7/2003
Powerful sentiments beautifully expressed in a respectful tribute. My sincere sympathy for your loss. Regis
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 11/7/2003
Outstanding tribute.....My prayers are with you and your family....cheers...love n luck.....BHUWAN
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/7/2003
(((jeff)))

if this is a work in progress--WOW, i am in awe

beautiful, sad write, but so perfectly penned

i, too, am sorry for your loss (((HUGS)))

love,

karla. :)
Reviewed by George Carroll 11/7/2003
Great write and from the heart. Sorry for your loss.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/7/2003
a masterpiece to behold; well done, jeff! so sorry for your loss! ((((HUGS)))) and much love, your friend in texas, karen lynn. :( >tears < *you are all in my prayers during this sad time; i am sooo sorry!*
Reviewed by Elaine Carey 11/7/2003
I love the rhythm, wording, and pathos in this piece. Masterful use of language.
Reviewed by Robin Ouzman Hislop 11/6/2003
a striking poem, so vivid in mood & state it captivates the sense
Reviewed by Sara Russell 11/6/2003
These words are powerful and weighty in wisdom. This is a profound poem that brings all the senses together, giving readers a glimpse into your mind's eye... a fine tribute to your cousin, but even if read out of this context, it shines.

Sara.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/6/2003
I'm sorry for your loss. This very beautiful tribute to your cousin, shows the versatility of your talent.I left a comment yesterday, I don't know what happened to it.
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 11/6/2003
What a beautiful write and tribute!!! Wonderful imagery...God Bless you...and his family.
Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader) 11/6/2003
A sad and loving tribute, courageously naked in its emotional vulnerability! This is fine, fine work and more, it is a write that is shares some uncomfortable universal truths without being strident or raw...!

"Tearful arias created
As doleful breeze sings off each rock.
Whistling verses resound from walls;
Rhythm of earth the only clock."

Melancholy and true! Very moving.
Reviewed by P. Michaels 11/6/2003

Jeff,
Thanks for directing me to this one. Sorry that your cousin died so young. This is wonderful tribute to him. It actually made me feel like I was there in the caverns, as I was reading it.
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 11/6/2003
This is a powerpack, Jeff! You bring out the song of nature very well and the "thought sound" stands out very loud. I've been inside a cave only once that I recall, but I felt all of this.... excellent... your cuz is proud... stay strong
In Spirit,
Bear
Reviewed by Rodd Jokre 11/6/2003
Makes me feel like I'm right there in the work... Thanks for sharing Jeff...
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/6/2003
Absolutely gorgeous poetry, powerful and perfect in it's flowing beauty.
Reviewed by Linda Hill 11/6/2003
My friend, this moved me to tears.
This tribute is awesome . He was so
young to have to leave you. I know how
you feel, for I lost a brother in law
to cancer on Halloween Day. God be with
you and your family, sweet friend.

~*~Linda~*~
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/6/2003
Jeff, I agree with John. Great poem and wonderful tribute to your cousin.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 11/6/2003
This was such a beautiful tribute to your cousin, My heart goes out to you for your loss of one so young, I loved this so much,

Reindeer
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/6/2003
Most beautifully crafted tribute Jeff!!

You poured your heart out here my friend!!

Bittersweert and heartfelt piece!!

Death is not something that you handle easily!!

Been there know what it can do to you!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by John Bidwell 11/6/2003
Jeff,
This is poetry at it's best.
An incredible tribute.
Thanks for directing me to this wonder.
This reaches so deeply, I'm sure it reached him.
Best wishes and prayers.
John
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/6/2003
Since I enjoy a good walk through a cave, I could really feel the sound that you created in this write, which is a beautiful tribute to your cousin. I am sure he would of loved this.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 11/6/2003
Jeff, I am sure this man will be missed by all, but your tribute to him is a great reminder for us all.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 11/6/2003
Jeff:

You are one great poet! No one can write with the command of language that you use. This was excellent indeed!

My prayers are with Alic, Jay and Christopher. May God bless them all!

Lots of love,

Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu
Reviewed by Libby Stone (Reader) 11/6/2003
Jeff, this is beautiful and sooo well written. I loved your words and the emotions behind them. Caves are some of the most spiritual places on earth...your cousin has crossed over to the limitless spiritual cave in the heavens to continue his exploration. My Prayers go out to Alice, Jay and Christopher. Bless you for thinking of them and honoring your cousins memory with this write.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 11/6/2003
Jeff, I have to believe your Cousin is exploring all he wants to now. There is nothing to hold him back from going as deeply as he might want in any cave, anywhere.
Great tribute written in his honor. Lisa
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 11/6/2003
Thank you for reviewing my ( silly poem ) and I invite you to review my site in general.

Your poem is of a heart grieving, yet reflecting the wonder of the person of whom you are writing about, ( namely Your Cousin ) I am sorry to hear of his untimely death too. My condolences! Truly a wonderful and heartfelt write, which i enjoyed reading though its creation is borne out of a sorrow.

I can empathize with you, as you will discover when you read my site
TY Jeff
Blessings to you and family
Ch'erie
Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen 11/5/2003
OOh, Jeff...I liked this one! Your imagery is astounding!

Julie :)
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 11/5/2003
Jeff,

I would say that this is (excuse me) damned good for it to be a work in progress. This is beautiful and so sad but in a sense healing and calm. My prayers go out to you and your loved ones. The emotion in this and the images are something else.

Thank you for pouring out your heart... love your poetry, just have not had time to read much like I'd like, please forgive...

If this is just a work in progress...you are gonna fully blow up the den again when you post the final piece.

Prayers & Love to you and your family,
Teresa Emilie

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