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David
by Christine Tsen
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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For my beloved brother David. The picture is of the two of us. Click on the title if you want to hear a song :)>>


David

 

Just as I despair, you appear

taking matters in hand.  I fluster in from Boston but you

have pawned your cap, for even her ice cream

is of a particular flavor and from her list of delicacies.

And there in the kitchen, an artistically strewn clutter

of dishes

the perfect readings lying on the table

by her bedside, all that matters right there

where she is flowing down. 

 

Yet still, her head nods

as she steps on brambles in dreams, and you pluck blackberries

offering them to her, and roses from fierce thorns

as we draw curtains of delicate German lace.

The world must wait. 

My fear keeps on rising but you

are a master composer, a wielder of notes and you

know how to politely scat with weight on just the right tones,

skimming cream from little stars.

 

And just as when you compose at piano, your feet

caressing floorboards in alternation with pedals

notes flitting competently across staves –

Just that way, you know how to do this:  how to

orchestrate mother’s rite of passage as she sets off

for another world, her spirit eyes unable to speak a word

but knowing,

Oh, let me rave.

 

© 2011 Christine Tsen.  All Rights Reserved. 

 

 

 

 

  
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Reviewed by Jeff Mason
Captivating... that's putting it mildly. You have *PASSION*! And compassion. I am in awe of the way you compose the words of your poetry and prose... as if they were a grand symphony - with such beautifully-orchestrated imagery and journeys. -- Jeff Mason
Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE
This piece is a rare blend of spare and sonorous, but it is mind rich with rifts, radiant rifts of wisdom and experience both in the imagery and ideas and so much more in the gaps these words fill in the mind's eye... and it is the eye of the painter as MaryGrace alludes to below that stocks these verses so full of life and afterlife that tears must come or else we lie... but this poem is true to itself and to David.



... you, dear Christine, are the ideal sister... and that makes David a lucky brother, indeed!



Roger
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Your words paint wonderful pictures....M
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
This is most compelling and soul-reaching, Christine. Sad and yet with such love and respect so well expressed through your verses. Love, peace, and best wishes to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis
I love the photograph and the beautiful, heartfelt sentiment - your spirit is open and true and manifests from within your every word.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
A powerful expression of love for your dying mother and anchor, your brother David. Your words brought me into your world while I was trying to turn away. But I could not turn away from what you were saying, because it means too much to you to let it pass. Superbly written!

Ron
Reviewed by Axilea MU
This and the previous poem are wonderful works that contain all the hues of emotional closeness. There seems to be a very soothing and nourishing form of complementarity between the two of you and this appears strongly in your relation to your mother. Emotionally rich!

Axilea
Reviewed by John Domino
Dear Christine,

I read strong words of wisdom in this poem. These kind of poems are needed in these tough times when famlies are breaking apart at the seams. Keep on writing poems like these for you never know the life you will touch.

Yours in the love of Christ,
John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
What an immensely talented family you must be and are. Patrick
Reviewed by D. Vegas
Christine, One can see how much you love
your brother and how much he loves you---
beautiful!

Always,
Deborah
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
Absolutely beautiful tribute to your obviously very gifted brother! Your love for him is an inspiration!

Hugs,
Anna
Reviewed by E T Waldron
What a wondrous relationship you share,it is a blessing! Thanks for sharing!

Eileen
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo
It appears your David is your champion and you are his. What a wonderful relationship! A touching and beautiful write. ~Best, Elizabeth
Reviewed by JMS Bell
IT IS THOSE LITTLE THINGS, ESPECIALLY IN TRYING TIMES, THAT BUILDS THE BONDS...ISN'T IT? THE DEPARTING OF ONE SEEMS TO BRING THE ONES THAT ARE LEFT...SO MUCH CLOSER. AND THEN THERE ARE THOSE 'THINGS' THAT TO OTHERS(OUSIDERS)SEEM SO SMALL AND INCONSQUENTIAL... YET IS NOTICED AND MATTERS SO MUCH TO SIBLINGS AND...ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN. A FINE OFFERING, CHRISTINE. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH TO YOU AND YOURS...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Frank Stein (Reader)
Beautifully written, and your brother must just be ' enlightened ' to be able to bring peace in the time of need .. We all need someone like him..
Reviewed by Gene Williamson
Yes, Christine. Rave on! You do it so well. -gene.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
This is tenderly inspiring poetry. As always your words flow like melodies in a song..Lovely photo.

Much peace, love and light,
Amber
Reviewed by Laura Fall
Beautifully written and the picture is so sweet a lovely poem indeed Laura
Reviewed by richard cederberg
Ha ... little miss pigtails and her big brothers beatle haircut ... Ya'll look connected in mysterious ways. So sweet! Your 'rave' is palpable. All the best ... richard
Reviewed by Jon Willey
the family with its trials in the final time of mother -- a stabilizing force to smooth the stark emotional ride, David -- fortunate your are to have David by your side in this time of grieving -- I bid you love and peace my dear friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Another wonderful Ode to Brother.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva
BEAUTIFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman
How wonderful to have a brother that is so deeply loved and regarded and how wonderful for your brother to have a sister that in turn is so loved and regarded. As always, Christine, great poetry.
Mark
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley
'David' The Giant Slayer!
In fact you could say
The Exterminator!!
You write with five stones in hand
And reward us with a one shining beautiful sword.
Reviewed by jude forese
three brothers ... what a lucky little girl ;)
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
So much Love and Pride...you write...
between each and every line!!

Mother, David & ~Christine~ ...circle not to be broken!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Connie Faust
I think that you are the only one who truly understands the deep emotion in this poem. One thing I can see is the beauty of family relationships. The wonder of the rite of passage is marked by your brother's sensitivity to your needs. I would wager that you are a comfort and blessing to him as well.

Connie
Reviewed by John Flanagan
Delightful photo, Christine,...aren't you
quite the little pixie!
The poem has tremendous filial warmth and
an enduring sense of attachment to each other and
to your beloved mother.
So lovely.

John
Reviewed by TONY NERONE
Rave you can because this piece was absolutely lovely.
GOD BLESS YOU
Tony
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks
Your brother seems such a treasure as you and he deal with the grief.
Such a bond is incredible to see and you have made of it something which transcends grief and make of it a monument and tribute.
Great sentiments here.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
The strength of your love and inspiration shines brightly in this wonderful dedication to your brother and mother, God bless...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
"politely scat"

That says it all in my way of thinking, Christine. What a wonderful composed poetical masterpiece. There is so much "inside" phrases and starts and stops and I will not attempt to understand, but I understand one thing. You have given your mother and your brother a play on life and love and, yes, death. Wonderful.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin
The meaning of David is 'Beloved' oh, how beautiful is this, it is a song in the heart he will forever sing (cute photo)
Love,
Christine
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