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A Letter From Tim


The courage of one (an audio poem by the author)

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Patty Palmer
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This is BEAUTIFUL poem! It brought me to tears dripping down my chees as I read. I too have lost a child at age 35 from Huntington's Chorea, just a few weeks after Christmas, three years ago. Thank you for sharing this poem.


 Comment Written 14-Jun-2019


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HI, Reg,

First of all, congratulations on winning the contest. This poem is stellar, something we've come to expect from you.

The poem's story is well developed and filled with wonderful poetic techniques of rhyme, alliteration, beautiful phrasing and expert use of English.

I apologize for missing this when you posted it and particularly so when you won the contest.

Well penned, my friend.

Ray


 Comment Written 08-Jan-2017



reply by the author on 08-Jan-2017
    Well I have not won it yet, there is still voting. The one you see won is the 'Christmas Poem' contest. This one is still in the vote. There is 3 days of voting though it is only an author led competition. I think that is far too long. Most of the voting is concluded in 1-2 days at the most.

    Well, if I win this one, it would be a good start for the New year.

    Best wishes, my learned friend. You are a credit to this site.
    Have a great day.
    RG

reply by mountainwriter49 on 08-Jan-2017
    Well, now I am confused. The following appears at the bottom of this poem.

    Christmas Poetry
    Contest Winner
    The ribbon is there too!

    -ray

reply by the author on 08-Jan-2017
    OHHHHH sorry, Ray. You are correct. I thought it was a review for my latest.
    Ha,ha.
    You see what the Christmas and too much Turkey can do?

    I was sio used to answering reviews on the latest, I thought that was your review.

    My mistake.

    Best wishes, my friend.
    RG

reply by mountainwriter49 on 08-Jan-2017
    No problems, Reg. I've made the same mistake. :)
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Poetic Friend
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I wish I could give this poem a thousand stars, for it is ean xceptional piece. The poem has all of the qualities of a well-written poem -- rich imagery, flawless meter, alliteration, beauty, innovative/original phrasing, uniqueness, strong rhymes, personification, effective metaphor usage and most importantly, a compelling and heart wrenching message/story.

No reader can leave this poem with dry eyes. My deepest condolence on your loss. Tim would be so proud.

I can see why this poem won the contest. Congratulations, and happy new year.


 Comment Written 02-Jan-2017



reply by the author on 02-Jan-2017
    Thank you so much, Poetic Friend. Looking forward to reading from you, with pleasure.
    Thanks for the six stars and fine thoughts.
    My best wishes.
    RG
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Congratulations for winning first place in this contest, and rightly so. Your poem is beautifully done from start to finish. I have to admit, your author notes confused me thoroughly... but that has nothing to do with the excellence of your writing. I enjoyed the poem very much, and as always, the music you added also. Such a beautiful presentation. Keep it up in the new year! ;p MM


 Comment Written 02-Jan-2017



reply by the author on 02-Jan-2017
    Thank you, dear MissMerri. You shouldn't have wasted your six stars on this as we have so few, yet I am truly grateful.
    Thank you so much for all support.
    have a beautiful and prosperous 2017.
    RG
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A contest winning entry! A seven star rating from the Contest Committee for posting the winning contest entry.


 Comment Written 01-Jan-2017



reply by the author on 01-Jan-2017
    Thank you FS. I will be renewing my membership soon, just priority in finances at the moment which is low due to Moving and Christmas so priority given to life. Motivation a little low also, but this reminds there is much right about the site, though can be costly in time and money...as well effort. But this lifts....and I thank the committee, for it is one of my favorite writes, for various reasons.

    Happy New Year to all staff, Tom, as well all who try to make this entity go around...as well all writers here for the superb reviews that help the will to continue, despite the added pressures of life. I shall buckle up and try to take another term of writing. I hope 2017 will bring much to all writers, staff and the families of such.

    Beast wishes.
    RG
    RGstar


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rspoet
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Hello RG
Your poems have an internal power
whether the written word or spoken word.
Pathos, yes, but beyond emotion to touch on truth.
The sadness of losing a child: son, daughter, brother, sister,
is past words - there is before and after.
And yet, you show the strength and courage,
the bravery of the child as a light of beauty.
Well written, well spoken, my friend.
May you have a joyous Christmas, and a healthy, happy New Year.
RS


 Comment Written 24-Dec-2016



reply by the author on 24-Dec-2016
    Thank you, my friend. Wishing you a fantastic Christmas. Mine will be rather quiet.
    Hope for a bright 2017 for you. It seems that time slips away at an alarming rate.
    Let us cherish the waking up in the mornings.
    Best wishes. Thank you for the six stars.
    RG
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A fine, urgent, and eloquent poem that reminded me of the character of Tiny Tim in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" which I just reread two weeks ago. As your poem and author's notes point out, Little Tims exist among us today and not in a work of fiction.

Your poem tells the story of a child who is dying in a hospice during the Christmas season. The child writes what appears to be a will or farewell letter/address to his/her mother:

"As now, if you read, means I've crossed fallow field
Like the end of a chapter, the ones read, concealed"

Wise beyond years, the child's tone is generous, resigned but defiant. These lines resonated with me:

"The saddest word, in ask, is one called regret
So, I simpled the task not to live in its debt."

These are words to live by, and Little Tim sets an example of how to deal with life's greatest adversities.

Thank you for the generosity of your talent and compassion. Thank you also for reminding us of the reasons for Christmas.


 Comment Written 22-Dec-2016



reply by the author on 23-Dec-2016
    Thank you so much, Sis Cat, I appreciate the support, as well your detailed vews.
    Its a pleasure with such.
    I wish you and all a very Happy Christmas, and let us hope for a prosperous New year.
    Best wishes.
    RG
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Joy Graham
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This is so touching and emotional. A friend of mine lost her baby to crib death many years ago. Her daughter was six months old. She had gone on a get-away for the weekend with her husband, and left the two girls with a sitter. So sad for all. The baby simply stopped breathing.

This is a touching letter from little Tim. If only we could communicate beyond the grave with our loved ones.


 Comment Written 22-Dec-2016



reply by the author on 22-Dec-2016
    Yes, Joy. I remember he just wasn't breathing then I had wiped a little vomit away, as I have done on one or two occasions before, but straight away notice he wasn't breathing as I was about to move him a little from the wet spot. They said he had just stopped breathing. Still. Right now is the most I have been thinking about it. I think I blamed mum a little for leaving him, but there would have been nothing she could do.
    Still, this write is in celebration of the bravery of others.
    Thank you very much for the heads up with this.
    Wishing you a lovely Christmas.
    Best wishes.
    RG

reply by Joy Graham on 22-Dec-2016
    Awww, it wasn't anybody's fault. My friend got a huge autopsy report and test after test showed no clear reasoning for the death. There was nothing anyone could have done.

    I'm so sorry this happened to you. Sending Christmas hugs your way.
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Dear RG,

A wonderful poem about a small boy. Who appreciated Christmas and celebrated well. Excellent flow and good use of poetic language.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Winslow


 Comment Written 22-Dec-2016



reply by the author on 22-Dec-2016
    Merry Christmas, Winslow...and thank you.
    My best wishes...and thank you for the support and six stars.
    Thank you so much for the six stars.

    My best wishes.
    RGstar
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Mary Wakeford
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This is exceptional in structure, content, and for the awakening of emotion and gratitude held, perhaps deep inside the reader.

Your word choices and descriptions are truly phenomenal.

A message of Christmas hope within the pain. Your authors notes, as lovely and meaningful as the poetry.

A line that truly resonated with this reviewer:

Christmas, I'll not see, though a heartbeat away
But thank you, dear Ma--adding colours to grey
So cherished are memories, yon Christmas past

Bless you, your mother, and baby Terrence.

Thank you for sharing this personal story.


 Comment Written 22-Dec-2016



reply by the author on 22-Dec-2016
    Thank you, Mary. My mother died of Cancer 4 years ago. Difficult time emotionally concerning her memory. A little better now, but at times have to remove the thought.
    We are all lucky to still be here. Life must be celebrated , first in thought, and then deed.
    Thank you os much for those wonderful words.

    My very best for you and family this year.
    Thank you for the six stars.
    My best wishes.
    RG



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