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  A Poet’s Crystalline Moment
by J. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy
Friday, July 11, 2008
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This poem relates to the reader the cathartic power of poetry. It is through such experiences that poets (and others) can come to understand and appreciate very real and necessary stages through which we must all go if we are to successfully deal with pain, grief and personal loss. Whether our pain results from a wrong done to us, or results from the death of a loved one, the cleansing and redemptive power of poetry is not to be denied.


When the words from my mouth


Echo inside my soul


And feelings locked deep inside


Build to a crescendo


When hurt, need and pain


Say it’s time to let go


And my strength tells my spirit


To let the tears flow


This is the special time


That I can find release


For this crystalline moment


Will set my soul free


I thank God for this blessing


And His mercy too


That He gave me, not a breakdown,



But a breakthrough!




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Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 7/11/2008
With deepest sincerity this creative piece blossomed....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 7/11/2008
Hi Joy,how are you?This is a very heart-touching poem.Poetry is a powerful tool to release any anger,pain or any other feeling we have inside of our bodies.Like I told a friend of mine,poetry is like doing yoga.Instead of stretching our bodies,we stretch our minds and hearts which is release from the pens in our hands to the page of a book or on a piece of paper.God Bless Poetry and God bless you too.take care of yourself

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/11/2008

This is beautifully penned Grace in verse - well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Even more meaningful, since my big, strong Daddy died a little over a month ago - thank you.
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 7/11/2008
Lovely, heartfelt writing! Very nice rhythm and flow.
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