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  A Grain of Sand Among Ten Billion (Deanna [Batson] Love Tribute)
by Jeff Mason
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.

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A wonderful friend and co-worker, Deanna (Batson) Love, left this earth on Monday August 25, 2008, age 42, survived by daughters Kaitlyn, 14, Rachel, 8, mother Joy, brothers Rusty and Bubba, and sister Myra.
Services - 6pm August 28 - WOODLAWN FUNERAL HOME, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN


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A grain of sand among ten billion… and I would find you anyway.
  

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Reviewed by John Domino 11/3/2008
Yes, a beautiful loving tribute to an incredible woman.

Peace be with you,
God Bless.

John Michael
Reviewed by Connie Faust 9/22/2008
Just magnificent! Such a friendship is a treasure; its value increases as ripples on a pond, reaching ever farther and touching hearts through the impact she made. Her touch on your life will continue to energize your love for others.

Connie
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/15/2008
Jeff, I'm in awe. The reverence, the beauty, the soulfire. The pain. I am saddened beyond words for such a loss, both to you and to Deanna's little daughters and close family. I can only pray that your depth of love - tangible and supernatural - may remain with you to heal you of your sorrow and minister into your pain, so that in some way it might be metamorphosed into an enduring strength and glory in your heart and soul. Your loss is so great... and yet, what you have been blessed with is even more bountiful, even more majestic than our minds can comprehend. Rare indeed is the gift and legacy of such a deep and intimately-connected friendship. Forgive the "shallow" comparison, but my most iconic, well-loved film is City of Angels with Nick Cage and Meg Ryan: a ministering angel assumes human form to be with the woman he has fallen in love with; shortly after, she is tragically killed. He cannot understand the hand of the God he has so faithfully served and yet says: "I would rather have lived just one moment with one breath of her hair, one touch of her skin, than to have lived a whole eternity without it". I believe this is the precious soul-territory you speak of here, the most wholly divine and profound relationship we can experience while still walking this earth... And you have held it in your hands and will carry it forever in the fabric of your soul. Forgive my emotional ramblings, but I am touched. The beauty of this song and tribute transcends mere words: this write is immortal. In this most profound gift of love you have touched the face of God and felt His heart. My prayers are with you. Go placidly and pursue peace. Love Kate xx
Reviewed by jude forese 9/12/2008
a beautiful and moving tribute to a wonderful woman and confidant ...
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 9/1/2008
JEFF~
My heart sank when I read this WONDERFUL BLESSING of a rare friendship/Love you have/had. Your heart was so deeply touched by a precious soul, that now has touched ours Jeff! I feel such a deep loss for the friendship you shared, and will miss. Tears are not enough from this beautiful heart rendering piece, "I hear sung by angels"! A moving creation by a loving and appreciative friend!
WRITE-ON!
Warmest Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Soulful SHEExoooo

Stay Positive and Strong!
My heart is with you, and her daughters and family! R.I.P. Deanna! * As your spirit WILL leave on!!! YOU are loved! God Bless! P.S. Hope to hear this song sang with intensity and conviction, as she touched your heart that same way in friendship! JUST BEAUTIFULLY TOUCHING! I am saddened for you all, and feel your deep pain!
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 9/1/2008
A moving and beautiful tribute, Jeff, to a friend of a lifetime,
though that lifetime was much to short. -gene.
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 8/31/2008
No one can understand a friendship like what was expressed in this beautiful Love Offering you created for your friend, unless they have experienced the love of a true friend! I looked my whole life to find the missing piece of me and then oneday GOD placed Susan in my life and her friendship and love made me whole. I mourn the loss of your best friend and can understand the pain you feel. SC
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/31/2008
Jeff I know what it is to loose a friend, I lost three, and one that was as close to me as any sister in the past eighteen months, it is hard, and Deanna was so young, I'll be praying for her family and for you
In Christs Love
Michelle~
Reviewed by Tarek Hassan 8/31/2008
Dear Jeff,
most lovely and heartfelt tribute I was very moved. It is such a blessing that such people exist at all, more so when we are lucky enough to meet them. It leaves me with a pang of pain in the heart to remember from my own experience and from yours how some of the loveliest people and experiences on earth seem to be too lovely to stay with us long enough. I do not know why some of the loveliest people are taken away from us so early but such is the drama and the exquisite rhythm pain/joy of life and the transientness of all things as the Buddhists well know. You have made such a lovely contribution full of emotion and love. This wonderful poem calls for enactment with movement and music of sufficient beauty and serenity and intensity. Thinking of you and of your loss which moves me to live again in a poignant but positive way a parallel loss that I have experienced recently. The first days and weeks and months are very difficult one needs to live out and express all the grief and through the expressed grief find the joy of having been blessed with such wonderful people even for a short time. You are already doing that in your lovely poem.
Reviewed by Pippi B 8/30/2008
I am moved beyond words...beyond tears...
Such a beautiful tribute...song of love.
I'm so deeply saddened, Jeff.

Piroska
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/29/2008
An exquisite tribute Jeff for a precious woman. I'm so deeply sorry for your loss.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/28/2008
You leave me speechless from the heart pouring tribute to a soul who passes through only once in a lifetime. The kind of love you describe is rare indeed and yet you were both blessed. Robert and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as we realize what a difficult time this is for you. God bless....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 8/28/2008
Lovely lady Jeff, you did a great tribute to her, sympathies
Reviewed by TJ Mason (Reader) 8/28/2008
Clearly, reviewer/author Alexander Dijas (forgive if the spelling is wrong) was reviewing this as a 'poem,' but in actuality this is a 'song' (already have the melody) - and songs follow different criteria, formats and methodologies from poems.

Additionally, he had implied that I 'borrowed from Byron' in my AD Bio quote when, in fact, I've never read anything by Byron. I certainly have heard of Byron and may one day read some of his works.

At any rate, I do appreciate criticism and critiques, but "tributes" also should be respected with sensitivity. They are tributes for a reason - sometimes they are 'rushed onto the page,' and are less than perfect - like Deanna - she was the first to admit she was far from perfect and she was happy to point out her own flaws.

'Nuff said.

I thank everyone for your reviews. -- Jeff
Reviewed by Jennifer Christian 8/28/2008
What a beautiful lady, and you must have been truly blessed to know her. You told us all how you feel as a true friend.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 8/28/2008
Jeff,

This is so beautiful, but tragic due to circumstances. Your young lady was much to young to leave this earth. My heart goes out to you.

Mary
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 8/28/2008
Jeff,
The Loving Sonnet of Your Heart Lives It's Bounty Through The Beatific Grace of Your Pen
Your Passion Embraces Me As I Further Read & Hear Your Soul Sing
My Deepest Empathy To You Poet Straight From My Heart
May You Find Peace Through The Love Shared & Mend Your Grief From This Huge Loss...
Much Love To You Poet
Embraced ~ Embrassé
Vickie
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 8/28/2008
One of the most moving and beautiful tributes ever written. God bless you.
Marcia
Reviewed by richard cederberg 8/28/2008
A beautifully felt tribute/song Jeff, and accept my condolences for the lose of a fine and cherished friend. May your heart glean what is necessary to make you stronger, and may you continue to persevere with the fine gifts that have been bestowed upon you.
Blessings ...
Richard
Reviewed by Valerie Roeske 8/28/2008
Jeff,
I cry tears as I read this, your words are magical and very loving, we all lost this beautiful soul, wish you could get this on cd as a song tribute to her, Take care , Hugs Valerie
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 8/28/2008
I hear ya!

Perfection!


vesna
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 8/28/2008
A beautiful, heartfelt tribute for your beautiful friend. I pray for her children, family and friends - that you all may find solace. My truest condolences.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 8/28/2008
a beautiful tribute-so sorry for the loss of your friend
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/28/2008
What a lovely tribute.
Reviewed by Jeff Mason 8/27/2008
Deanna, you were a consummate friend; a shoulder to lean upon; and a light in the midst of darkness. I miss you my friend!
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