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by Christine Tsen

Thursday, June 23, 2011
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You asked me once

What your tombstone might say

What good would it say?

A housewife, not much to say

Nothing special

But I want to tell you

It is your voice

Your vision

Your music left behind


Your dance into the waves of ocean

As the wind aches my grief

Your gaze cast in loving admiration on me

A daughter who only wants to be like you

I tried so hard Mama

To have five babies

To cook meatloaf like yours

Make your pecan rolls


And yet you still are inside

And as God calls you home

Sea winding to Heaven’s gate

I stand on behalf of you here on earth

You are my hero

My best friend.

 © 2011 Christine Tsen.  All Rights Reserved



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Reviewed by Jeff Mason 2/8/2015
I envy you that relationship... and the tender, pristine way you have portrayed it. -- Jeff Mason
Reviewed by Cryssa C 10/1/2012
In you...your mama lives on. The best inscription a headstone could have is one written upon a heart.

Reviewed by Jon Willey 8/16/2011
Inspiration and master builder of character, moms everyone. You have said this thing with the dignity and grace befitting those peerless mentors, our mothers. I bid you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Axilea MU 7/8/2011
Just the right words, Christine, beautiful. And a "housewife" is already a lot to say.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/6/2011
Such a moving, loving and respectful tribute, Christine. Thank you for sharing it. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Paul Judges 7/5/2011
A delightful poem, Christine
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 7/2/2011
I can relate to this piece very well, Christine. So touching and heartbreaking at the same time, but beautifully written with a lot of love. ~Elizabeth
Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 7/1/2011
Christine,This poem is so beautiful for your mom! She knows how much you love her and she will always be with you in your heart!
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 6/29/2011
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful mama! It's still the deepest relationship on earth, that of mother and child.
Reviewed by Richard King 6/28/2011
A loving tribute to a loving mom from a loving daughter. My suggestion, make sure you share this one with Kira. (and any other children you may have)

Really nicely done. Dick
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 6/27/2011
Wow, this so beautiful, says just enough to paint an image in the reader's mind of their own mother-excellent work.
Reviewed by Michael Guy 6/26/2011
Absolutely touching and beautiful. And relating it your mother's own special "music" - One that for each of us can be only played by that one special woman... our mothers. I am truly sad to see anyone's mother pass on... mine is gone 6 year now and her birthday just passed in June...And so the river winds on...
Comfort to u...michael
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/26/2011
Aw! This is so beautiful, my friend.....She'll always be part of you...

Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 6/25/2011
The best thing we can do for our parents is to become the best "us" we were intended to be.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Frank Stein (Reader) 6/25/2011
Wow. So perfect.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 6/24/2011
Oh my gosh, not sure if i've read anything so perfect. Yes, yes we all know you're a top poet and a dream of a woman. And yet this shatters any poem that can be put in to words. Apophatic comes to mind sweet and enchanting lady.

You are beyond perfection.
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 6/24/2011
Chris, what amazes me is how strong you have been for the kids and you did get them to the last day of school. No small task given the circumstances..your poem is wonderful..Peace......Morgan
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 6/24/2011
Your words brought a bit of tears to this old man's eyes, Chistine.
Moved by this beautifully crafted poem. With love, gene.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/24/2011
Each line is a tribute of extraordinary love. Pride and sadness combined flawlessly. Patrick
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 6/24/2011
Dancing. but to the rhythm of my tears
so tender is your wisdom of a Mother's Love
Thank You for embracing this theme for us

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 6/24/2011
my heart goes out to you sweetie. as stated earlier, we all face this tragic day at one time or another. just remember to celebrate her life always, these things are eternal....and you'll meet again. such beautiful poetry!!! we're all behind you here, you are loved.
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 6/24/2011
I could fill the sky with petitions
I could sit for hours and listen
I would hug your neck covering both side with tender kissing
Hold your hand for the one who you are already missing
Wipe away your many tears, let you hug me to ease your fears

She's the one who brought you into this world
She's the one who looks just like that pretty girl
She would brush your hair and make it curl
Spin you around and make you twirl

She now has set a course - across this universe - traveling far
But before she goes - she'll bake cookies - place them in a jar
Just within reach of the nearest star
Reminding you "Always be who you are."
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 6/24/2011
The only words I can leave here are in tearful review as this touched my heart beyond what I can express.
Reviewed by Laura Fall 6/24/2011
Words spoken tenderly a beautiful tribute to your mother Laura
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 6/24/2011
I really like this piece very much. This old guy started to tear up when reading this loving tribute to your Mom.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/24/2011
You touched my heart with his lovely tribute to your mother.

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 6/24/2011
This is so tenderly written with conviction and love. Christine I have missed you. So good to see you posting again.
My love to you and your beautiful mama..You are a wonderful mother and your children will be just as proud of you..
Breathe, my sweet friend......

Much peace, love and angel light,
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/24/2011
"Your dance into the waves of ocean"... Christine, your Mama will forever dance in your heart, never will she leave you....I am sending you a big hug, I am at a loss for words, but no loss for tears....I feel your pain.
Sincerely with prayers,
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/24/2011
Simple. Direct. Love in each and ever word. Your trial is one of having to watch and wait, which is the hardest part. Your words are full of grace. You're staying strong.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/24/2011
Your heart and soul are in every line,
every beautiful tender line of this ode.
I can't say more, i'm out of words.
Bless you and bless Mama.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/24/2011
A truly marvelous Ode to your Mother.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/24/2011
I think in most of us we have a parent that we were closest to, and mine like yours was my mother. She died far too young 55 and to this day I feel her presence in my life and see her smile in my child and grandchild. Lovely tribute to your mother.
Reviewed by John Bidwell 6/24/2011
Because of you- we know your mother's goodness.
It continues.
I can't imagine a better legacy.
Very well done.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 6/24/2011
VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by John Domino 6/24/2011
Dear Christine,
This is a wonderful tribute to Mama. You are a blessing to her no matter where she is - mortal or spirtual she will always be with you in love and spirit.

Respectfully Yours with Love and Blessings,

John Michael
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/24/2011
Moving tribute to your mother in great poetic style.
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 6/23/2011
Tears rolled down my face as I read this..indeed thoughts of my own mother surfaced..lost for words..
am saving this one..thank you Christine.


Reviewed by JMS Bell 6/23/2011
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/23/2011
Christine, you have moved me to tears with this. No matter how old we are, mother's hold and will always hold such an important part of our lives. Bask in your memories...and know one day, you will be together again. Beautiful work,
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 6/23/2011
Sad, sad words so pleasantly put to your music, Christine. Your verbal music as only you can make, my friend... If these are more than merely words, if these words come from true experience, then so sorry for your loss.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 6/23/2011
I truly hope you never lose that voice...there are smiles that sweep you away in those memories from a not too distant past. Fear not the things she could do with ease but cherish those similarities that speak of her in your world that you can feel and write of with such ease. Be well always
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 6/23/2011
God what a thing of beauty this is. We are seeing more and more of that wonderful honest writing about things emotional that you are so good at.
Just awesome here, with the certain ring of authenticity that goes beyond truth. And that is the greatest writing gift, I think, anyone can have. You got it.

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