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Some say the journey is its own reward, but in this case the destination was the ultimate reward!
I got to meet Christine Alwin, Amber Moonstone, and Christine's friend Carol! :)



To get to the rooftop

And friendship

It turns out I must


And take a tiny elevator up


And fervently distract myself

With what grounds me


If I want to make it to the top

And I do, so excited, I did

But you see I have this thing this



And I explained that I have always had this issue

This propensity to panic

On any such pilgrimage however uplifting

And uh-oh, whooo we’re going up!

Did I breathe?


And did I mention how I can’t drive

Without a slight opening in a window

A small crack, a slight one

Are we almost there?

As the clanking gears cease rattling

And the doors slide open to reveal

Goddesses lit in stark beauty by rays of the sun

Ambrosia in hand

Taking my breath away

Atop the Newbury Street villa

Christine Amber Morgan Carol

Kindred spirits in timeless reunion.



© 2011 Christine Tsen.  All Rights Reserved 





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Reviewed by Jeff Mason 2/8/2015
Beautifully woven, as always. We readers have the additional benefit of learning your fears and triumphs, wonderfully crafted. -- Jeff Mason
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/8/2012
Thank you for sharing such a lovely and meaningful experience, Christine. Your verses bring light. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Rafika Anderson (Reader) 9/10/2011
Fabulous pacing -- it's almost as breathless to read as you express the experience was for you. Nice use of the interrogtive for emphasis. I like the way you take the reader on the ride with you, which is consistent in your work. Quite a lovely homage to your counterparts as well. Thanks so much for sharing.

Reviewed by JMS Bell 6/17/2011
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 6/16/2011
Christine, I had not known you had an issue with confined places and spaces...even the cracking of the window gives one that little bit of power over those confinements we must bear...I do it so as to not block out one of those senses (hearing) that developed as a routine and via experience from being a police officer through life...such as shots fired, squealing tires, accidents nearby or shouts of help. I can imagine the thrill and excitement and subsequent reward of meeting new friends in person that you have known through paper in the past. It is good to hear that you found the trip well rewarding.
Reviewed by Axilea MU 6/16/2011
Vivid, sincere, very nice! The fear, the journey and the reward all clearly felt, Christine. :)

Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 6/15/2011
There is great satisfaction in facing down our fears and the reward, in this particular case, wonderful friends, seems so perfect. Lovely journey. ~Hugs,Elizabeth
Reviewed by Don Juan Amante 6/15/2011
a wonderful time had by all!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 6/15/2011
Facing fears is awesome. About your driving with the window cracked a bit, it's a good thing especially when you have your airconditioner on. Because the airconditioner blows benzine(?sp) straight at you and that is bad. The cure is a cracked window. So good for you. Plus, I always drive with my window open a bit, too. What a write. Love it. Liz
Reviewed by jude forese 6/14/2011
apprehension of the unknown is a bit claustrophobic, until we are lifted to our destination and we find it warm, complete and refreshing ...
Reviewed by John Bidwell 6/14/2011
This is one of the best "feel good" stories I've heard in a long time-all wrapped up in magical poetry.

Reviewed by John Domino 6/13/2011
A special poem for such a special time. Bravo!

John Michael
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/13/2011
Conquering fear, or at least managing it, has marvelous rewards in many places. Glad you persevered. Patrick
Reviewed by richard cederberg 6/13/2011
Sounds like a night to hold dear forever CT - glad you had a good time. r
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/13/2011
I've said it before and I'll say it and I are very similar Christine! Your fears, anxieties....are mirrors of my own....Sounds like a wonderful reunion!!! I'd love to personally meet so many of the beautiful people I've met in Author's Den! I felt your trepidation with every step in these words! Glad you prevailed!!!

Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/13/2011
What a lift of spirits, kindred spirit poets.
Such a great capture, Christine,
of a very special get-together.

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 6/12/2011
It takes a kindred spirit
to recognize another one
You so captured your
wonderous feelings, Oh
kindred one, we see you

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Jon Willey 6/12/2011
Christine, the destination and the purpose for the journey were surely the bottle of courage that ensured their success. Christine Alwin and Amber were certainly worth all of the effort. I know the meeting was a spirited affair. You capture that joy and your metaphor was smooth as pate de foie gras. I bid you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 6/12/2011
unforgettable the company of amazing talented precious women......and "just enough" quarters for parking!!! meant to be.

~ Morgan
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/12/2011
A beautiful analogy and metaphor of those butterflies of both anticipation and slight nervousness, Christine, as we make a precious thing a proper reality. I love how you also give us the "red wheelbarrow" (to mix me mets!) of the need for a slightly open car window as well - gives us the sense of speed, direction and journeying: key markers in your cleverly sculpted work here, something that comes upon us fast - like anxiety, panic and fear. All dispelled, of course, in the GRAND ARRIVAL! Brilliant! Reminds me of meeting Andy Turner for the first time; I would say my heart was in my mouth, but he'd probably say my dinner was in my throat - JUSJOKIN!!! :)))) So glad it was a magical experience and one that will live on in the bonds that have been further deepened and forged. Fabulous capture, thank you. xx
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 6/12/2011
You have a way of putting the reader into the experience. A great talent to have.
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 6/12/2011
Truly lovely Christine.

Peace be with you,
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 6/12/2011
Old elevators can be very unsettling, Christine.....Glad you were able to focus on what aaited you at the top.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 6/12/2011
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 6/12/2011
As we know, Christine, reaching the top is never an easy ride.
With the gathering of all that lovely talent, it had to have been
a timeless reunion. -gene.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/12/2011
Much of what we fear is unwarranted, as you so exclusively expressed in this poem.

Reviewed by Laura Fall 6/12/2011
So glad you overcome the fear Christine and enjoyed time with friends a great poem and beautiful picture indeed Laura
Reviewed by D Johnson 6/12/2011
Christine, those are experiences you take with you for the rest of your life and breathing helps you get there. This is a lovely write.

Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 6/12/2011
Beautiful poem sweet lady..sounds awesome indeed Hugss
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 6/12/2011
Isn't it nice to meet new friends, even if the trip becomes a bit terrifying. However, it's a good thing to remember to breathe.
Looks like you had a great visit. How was the trip down?
Reviewed by Joy Hale 6/12/2011
To meet kindred spirits, to bond, to make new friends is an awesome experience! You overcame your fears so that you could enjoy the special moments you described. Thanks for sharing your visit with us. A beautifully penned poem, Christine.... one to be read over and over again. Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 6/12/2011
Your poem brought me right back to that elevator ride to the top.
It was all so surreal! What a beautiful woman you truly are. This poem is cherished and I shall read it again and again.
While Breathing of course!

I just posted my poem "Boston" in honor of us beautiful women.

I knew you were going to make it to the top and I knew that we were all going to have a blast!

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/12/2011
Oh, but I wish I had been able to observe this meeting of lovelies. It seems we both had unforgettable meeting in the last few days. I just loved this poem and your fears which were conquered in order to "breathe."
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/12/2011
It sounds like, from your poem and what I heard from a little birdie who was there, that you had a fantastic time and made one of those life time bonds that are so rare. The picture and your poem is a wonderful tribute and momento of that meeting...framable for sure.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 6/12/2011
VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/12/2011
....together we lifted 'each-other' in ways that are unexplainable, but that is what F R I E N D S do, I am now writing this in tears as I read this beautiful poem that wraps an evening I will never forget..thank you Christine, Morgan, Amber and Carol~
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 6/11/2011
heard you all had a great time...can never beat authentic italian food either!! cool poem.....
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/11/2011
Friends can quell the panic and what a grand reunion.
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 6/11/2011
ohh..take care, Christine. Best wishes.neerja
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 6/11/2011
Some girls have all the luck!
I'm O.K. just green with envy
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 6/11/2011
Many people have the same fears. Years ago I was troubled with panic attacks. It has taken a lot of praywers to cure myself. You can too.
A shrink once told me I must be a genious. So you see my friend mastering the chello has it's drawbacks. As always everything about your writing was awesome.
Peace and Love
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