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Iíll Remember Your Smile

To my friend Cory


I liked your quiet ways, your manner of speech,
the way you entered a room,
your big brown eyes, your gentle smile.

I liked the way your yellow hair,
touched your shoulders, your tranquil ways,
your graceful laughter, your clever humor.

You read every word Iíve ever written,
I canít forget. I liked the way you pretended
to believe Iíd cooked too much that night,

I knew you often went without, but you stood tall,
I never heard you cry. I liked the way you
loved your children, your home, your cats,

I liked the way you greeted me, always
with a luscious smile Ė your face so bright,
but your brown eyes told a different story,

I wish Iíd read it carefully, I wish Iíd asked,
I wish Iíd done things differently, I didnít know how.
I close my eyes now, and I can still see your smile.


Carmen Ruggero .2004



The above doesn't even pretend to be a poem. I penned my thoughts as they came to me. My friend, and co-worker Cory, and her little girl Jenna were both stabbed to death yesterday in their home during a robbery attempt. A suspect has been apprehended.

This family is so impoverished; they can hardly put food on the table. I don't know what this man needed so much, to justify killing them both, and with such brutality.

Cory would have been 27 years old in April; Jenna would have been five, in May.


May they rest in peace.


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Reviewed by Joanna Leone 9/24/2008
You did more than "pen your thoughts". You penned your heart, memories, and soul with the loss of your friend and her daughter. It sent a shiver down my spine. The pen that you had placed in your had on that painful day, turned into a paintbrush, as you painted your friend's smile, right from your heart!
Stop into my den if you have a chance, I would love to hear your thoughts about my work.
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 11/14/2007
Your words are so tender my friend and Cory and Jenna are smiling down upon you from above...
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 12/1/2004

A beautiful tribute to a very sad story ... written with great emotion ... thanks for sharing this!!

Best wishes,

Reviewed by Dan Summerfield (Reader) 2/28/2004

I'd like to write something to console you but there can be no consolation after such a senseless loss of life. There can be a tribute however to the the victims and you have done it well.

Dan s.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/28/2004
What a horrible tragedy....Hugs!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by evan horetsky 2/28/2004
God bless Cory.

IT may have only been thoughts penned on paper, but what else really is a poem?
Seemed like a beautiful poem to me, and I loved it
many loves,
Reviewed by jude forese 2/28/2004
such a horrid end to two beautiful souls that have so touched your heart better memory than a smile ... be well Carmen ...
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 2/27/2004
Mercy, how horrible. What a nice tribute to her and what she stood for. Her soul certainly wasn't impoverished.

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/27/2004
"I'll Remember Your Smile" is a sublime way to say...

I Salute You, Sublime Poet!

My thoughts are on Your way.

My gratitude, respect and admiration.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Andrea Da Costa (Reader) 2/27/2004
What a horrible tragedy!! I think it's beautiful how you have penned your memories of will always have those.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/27/2004
Oh Carmen! To have such an event happen so close, to a friend and neighbor and her child too, it's almost too horrific to contemplate! My thoughts and prayers go out to you, and to them and the family. I hope you are okay. I'm so thankful you were able to share it with us, it's a beautiful remembrance of your feelings for her.Please take care.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/27/2004
My prayers are with all concerned. I don't know what else to say. I am stunned.
Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader) 2/27/2004
Ah, ah, ah, I am so sorry to read about the very real tragedy behind this write, Carmen! So sorry, indeed! The rampant viciousness and callousness running amok in the world today, this undeclared war between the perceived "haves" and the "have-nots" is just getting bestial. And I mourn with you...
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/27/2004
A beautiful tribute to lost friends. May God grant peace to them and their familes in this insane and brutal attack.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 2/27/2004
Carmen, a loss of life in any manner is terrible, but when one is taken from such as this it's blatantly horrendous. So sad, You and them and their families will certainly be in my prayers. Lisa
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 2/27/2004
This is really sad and painful....So well described and developed character, Carmen!
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 2/27/2004
This is so very sad, Carmen. My prayers are with you,Cory,Jenna and their friends and family. I am so sorry for this tragic loss. Peace be with you...~Z~
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