|Reviewed by William Bonilla
Love & Peace
|Reviewed by Michael True
|This piece is a symphony in and of itself. Each passage building until the final tympani and cymbal crescendo! I immediately thought about the survivors of Civil War amputations, thinking that that was the only time of such horrific surgeries. But you remind us, these operations happen every day. Amazing write! M.True|
|Reviewed by Edward Phillips
|Chilling in its imagery, stunning in its impact, magnificent in its poetry. I was moved to another place by your masterful use of language.
|Reviewed by John Domino
|This is hard for me to imagine. My mother in-law had leg cut off. She said that many times she wanted to scratch the bottom of her missing foot. I can't imagine that but she had strong faith in The Lord and she did fine. Amen|
|Reviewed by Duke LaRance
|This is like a punch to the gut. It grabs attention immediately and builds and builds with every word...until..."to the other side of yesterday"...This is one of the better pieces that I have read in quite a while....|
|Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
|wow this gave me goose bumps
I visited a morgue once to see if I could identify
a male person I knew who was missing...
and you took me here with this beautifully prosed offering
Thank You for sharing your beautiful gift...Vickie
|Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader)
|As a nurse, I know this scene all too well. A sad wake up when we walk away in our minds, without our legs. Beautifully written with clear imaging presented in each line.|
|Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks
|Beautiful pathos wonderfully written|
|Reviewed by Connie Faust
|So much simpler to drift back into the music that carries him to the past than to fully waken and face the now. Melodrama at its best, Pat!
|Reviewed by Diana Legun
|Powerful, ripping words. ~~ Diana|
|Reviewed by James Munro
|This is really something. The sort of thing we all feel we ought to write, at least occasionally, but shy away from. Bravo! Oh, and I love the title, and the way it (and the last line) link the tragic now with the past which has become just a memory.|
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|As chilling a rendition of an amputation as I could have thought of. A former supervisor of mine, not necessarily a friend, died recently after spending seven months in the hospital having first his foot cut off at the ankle, and then his legs cut off.
To have it done in battle with no anesthesia and little to curb infection must've been horrendous.
Thanks for shocking me to life this afternoon.
|Reviewed by Sara Coslett
|Oh my god. This is frightening. My grandmother had both of her legs amputated (twice, they had to go back and take more) from diabetes. I have always been afraid of getting it. Swore if I ever did, I would immediately get a stomach bypass operation.
Your poem scared the hell out of me! Excellent work!
|Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather
|a day without the promise of night.....every word of this is moving and heartbreaking. this needs to be read a few times,it doesn't stop revealing.......this is excellent. ~ Morgan|
|Reviewed by RWEHAVING FUN
|whoaa...I was not prepared for this... the heaviness at the onset is weighty ballast indeed for this tumultuous ending... were I to be thus 'weighted down' with the burden of so great, and so painful a loss (which you so deliberately and deftly evoke, I might add) Wagner's Valkyries might make their sonorous way through my angst-ridden mind, but the irony of your musical choice is ultimately much more potent than my more melodramatic choice. You have done an excellent job of bringing a highly charged subject into high poetic relief. Bravo, pat!|
|Reviewed by Richard King
|Pat, this is a masterful write. I, like several others, believed it to be about a fallen soldier, but yea or nay to that affects not the poignancy of it.
Really well done. Dick
|Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
|You have done some mighty heavy lifting here Pat! Emotional, powerful, with a hint of reconciling fate. Patrick|
|Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
|This touched my heart very deeply...so many brave soldiers have suffered tragedies such as the one you so wonderfully emoted! Beautiful poetry, Pat!
|Reviewed by Janna Hill
|Pat, you have out done yourself. I am too moved to say more.
|Reviewed by Joyce Bell
|A 'SOLDIER'...IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD, HAVING PAID THE 'PRICE' WITH LIMBS...RECEIVES GOD GIVEN STRENGTH FROM THE STRANDS...THE MELODIES SUMMONED...FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF YESTERDAY. A STUNNING WORK...JARRING AND TIMELY. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS KEEPER. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS|
|Reviewed by Christine Tsen
|Beautiful Pat! Such wonderful motion in this ~
|Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger
|Not knowing what the title would entale.. splendid verses to
reality of "The Other Side of Yesterday" ~ Lady Mary Ann
|Reviewed by Kevin Dunn (Reader)
|Beautiful and powerful words. What a wonderful tribute.|
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
|Heavy duty poetry here, Pat, absolutely heavy duty. I am stunned by it, mesmerized by it and have read it three times. I shall save it for further reads.|
|Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford
|The title grabbed me and said, "read me" and I'm sure glad I did. I bow to your talent Pat.|
|Reviewed by D. Vaineo
|A soldier in the throes of war and the consequences...
Great poetry, Pat!