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Saturday, July 23, 2011
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(Click on the title, "Because" for the song performed by my mother's favorite, the Eddie Duchins Orchestra.)



My father, dear man, grieves

His love has gone to where he can’t yet follow

Except later

Where he will sink into dreams

Feel her formless spirit flesh again


Once, she walked beside him

Buoyant red hair, her heart, her everything his

And as he attempts to understand

He looks forward to their tryst in the dark

Where music spreads in all directions


As they cross that bridge

Their lamps lit, each for the other

She his quiet dust counterpart

Now resting in his immortal depths

Their love the very essence of Why.



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Reviewed by Jeff Mason 2/8/2015
A wonderfully-romantic tribute. In a short space, you've written the substance and sustenance of a lifetime. -- Jeff Mason
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 10/18/2013
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust...but the Creator knows every detail of them and has promised resurrection to paradise here on earth and without disease or defect...perfection as it was in the beginning. That is what we can look forward to for our loved ones, Christine. This is a beautiful poem of the love they shared here. We only need to be there when they are awakened and need explanation.
Reviewed by Dark Knight 1/12/2013
you are an amazing poetess and a talented cellist--I would love to read more of your poetry--please write more as well
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/18/2012
True love is beyond comprehension and it is forever; thank you for sharing this compelling account, Christine. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Kathleen Janz-Anderson 9/16/2012
A beautiful love story that doesn't end.
Reviewed by Larry Matthews 12/6/2011
Wonderful, Love is immortal and you expressed that beautifully.
Reviewed by Ken Colonsay 11/17/2011
Touches the heart, Christine. Love is immortal.
Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/5/2011
I think that this is one of your most expressive poems, Christine. Such a well-balanced composition and effortless strength. Some of my favorite lines: "Feel her formless spirit flesh again", "She his quiet dust counterpart"... Very moving.

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/5/2011
I think you wrote this for my mom. Patrick
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 8/26/2011
To me this says trhat lovem is stronger than the grave....Sadness and longing, but also surety and hope....

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Jon Willey 8/13/2011
You have expressed emotion, love, appreciation, loss all without stepping beyond the bound that often trips us as poets and writers when we attempt an odic expression -- especially when the subject(s)is family -- this is a delicate, caring, trbute without overt melancholy -- you have managed to walk that tight rope with aplomb my dear friend -- I bid you love and peace -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 8/12/2011
Absolutely beautiful and outstanding !
Thank you Christine dor sharing and
for are truly an inspiration !
May Abba Father bring comfort and strength
to you and your Dad....your entire family !

Much Love,
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/27/2011
When two such as your Mom and Dad share such a wonderful lifetime of memories the beauty of it is that those memories are first bequeathed to each other and then become the property of their children when they leave this earth. To have such a blessing as two parents who loved us is truly a gift from God. \fee
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/26/2011
Reviewed by D. Vegas 7/25/2011
Christine, Our memories comfort our souls---
so definitive and touching to our heart strings.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/25/2011
This is absolutely perfect, Chrstine!!! I guess that pic is your Mom & Dad....what a beautiful couple...your Mom was stunning!!!! That look between them says it all!

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/24/2011
This is at once so logical and concrete in its discussion and yet, as flesh and spirit dance and merge, so beautifully ethereal as you take us to your transcendent last line, Christine. Question and answer are both fully realised in just 15 elegant and gracious lines that epitomise the heart and soul of both lover and beloved. Exquisite and moving. Bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by jude forese 7/24/2011
tender, touching and beautifully composed ...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/24/2011
Lovely Poem, Lovely Pic, and Lovely Music, too, Christine.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 7/24/2011
VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by John Domino 7/23/2011
Dear Christine,

An outstanding tribute to mom. Your poetic song also transends how much love surrounds your family. This love is indeed a mystery as it is so strong and powerful but cannot be seen and is as omni present as our Father in Heaven. Treasure times with your dad now. He will take time to mend but time is the great healer. Surround him with love, music and poetry. You have a special gift that is rare. You easrned the number #1 position on the AD's romanic poetry for now. But you will always be among one of my my favorte poets on the den because you truly have heart of gold and a love for life itself.

Much love and blessings to you and your family,

John Michael
Reviewed by Laura Fall 7/23/2011
A Beautiful poem Laura
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/23/2011
Tributes can often be quicksand for the writer
but you, Christine, handle this with the right amount
of emphasis and tenderness
and such understanding of loss and love.
It's a beautiful poem, beautiful.

Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 7/23/2011
I feel for you and your Dad. This poem with the song expresses so much. Peace Christine. ~ Morgan
Reviewed by Susan Bergeron 7/23/2011
Very touching and moving understanding of their love...beautifully written Christine. Love You! Sue B
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 7/23/2011
Deeply touching, Christine. Right now your dad feels as if he is riding a bicycle with a missing pedal. My heart goes out to him, for I do understand his sense of "lostness".

Be Blessed!
Love and Hugs
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/23/2011
"Their lamps lit, each for the other" To light the trail of a love like this is simply beautiful~your words dance and make me smile of the love your parents had (My parents song was "always" a 1920s song)

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 7/23/2011
The beautiful sentiments of your verse
blended with their candlestick music...


So touches my heart!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 7/23/2011
Beautifully done, Christine. You make their bond a visible thing. Very romantic.
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/23/2011
The lyrics to the song are about true love found and this is a fitting tribute to two lovers who will spend eternity together in loving bliss.

Reviewed by pat medlin 7/23/2011
beautiful healing worda....'his immortal depths'... we as children will never fully understand the bonds between our parents....nor were we meant to...making the watching of their separation even more painful. the pain softens does...p
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 7/23/2011
Eddie Duchin, I have not heard or seen his name in decades. It was a lovely song to go with this lovely writing.
Peace and Love
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 7/23/2011
Such love never dies, Christine, but lives on in your loving lines.
Reviewed by Joy Hale 7/23/2011
Like Jerry, this poem stole my heart. So tender, such meaningful words to describe your father's love for his beautiful bride! Sighhhh, to know such love is exquisite. An endearing poem of great substance. Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 7/23/2011
Lovely, lovely words, Christine. When the reality of one's life isn't what one may wish, hopefully our dreams will return us to that which we want or love. Except for the sadness upon waking.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 7/23/2011
Christine, such a beautiful sentimental poem about two people who obviously were in love. You look like your mom in this picture..
I love the sensitivity in this poem. Your dad will be fine, he seems like a strong person.
We can never understand the "why" let alone the Because..

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/23/2011
I have never read any better . . . Don't exactly know what to "call" this, but I know beautiful words, positive words, with a touch of the risqué. THAT stole my heart, Christine.
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 7/23/2011
"As they cross that bridge

Their lamps lit, each for the other

She his quiet dust counterpart

Now resting in his immortal depths"

Such a lovely tribute, soulfully rendered in the writing.
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