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by Christine Tsen

Monday, July 25, 2011
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This is a picture of me with my amazing brother Jeff. Click on the title "Jeff" :)



I can’t tell you that this is for you

This poem I’m writing

Because you want to be
You are humility personified

You are like mother that way

Always putting others before yourself


And I remember her telling me

You grew up hiding

Behind her skirts, clinging

So the Kindergarten teacher told her

To take you home again

Until you were ready for her to leave you

Say good-bye


And I thought of this when mother died

Your earnest gifts:


I thought of the merry-go-round of glass
Hand blown that you sent me for Christmas
And that avocado
Set on top of the fridge

The one I was told to try, just for me


And how you used to say
All music is best in the head
Like the Battle Hymn of the Republic
Brahms of course
Because then I’d no longer need

The aid of a recording
To listen

And you did insist how important it is to memorize
The Table of the Elements
As we walked around the block together
And I did
For each precious Element
Until I got to Plutonium

And I also remember you teaching me
How to write poetry

And needless to say I’m trying

But it’s you who can write poems
If only you’d let the world read one…

Perhaps you can tell how you grew up hiding

Behind mother’s dresses, behind books

Until you were ready

And how just this past week you
Drove through the night, headlong home

To see our mother off

But it was her spirit that kept the vigil


For little did you know

By the time you arrived, she had passed away

Had been taken away


When you peeked through the window

She was there, sleeping and alive

And not wanting to wake her

You slept in the car that night


And I believe she wanted you to remember

That she’ll never leave you

Until you are ready

I’ll be here

My small boy, my grown son

I’ll never leave you without saying



© 2011 Christine Tsen.  All Rights Reserved.  


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Reviewed by J. Roseline 2/6/2015
This is amazingly beautiful. I cannot describe how I feel without breaking down.I see myself and my son in a few years from now. Obviously , I am in the last leg of my life. What worries me more is the breaking away from my kid who is a serious working individual outside but with mother he loves to still remain a small kid. I wish I could add it in your name to the collection of touching memorial poems I wish to publish. All together , I have readied my collection of it almost five thousand words...different poems,let me know what you have to say. JK roseline
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 6/10/2014
Oh how I missed seeing this have an anthology of your own beautiful pieces stitched together in the book of your life but the chapters of tragedy do not overcome the delicate balance of your words and those images seen by your eyes. You have composed this piece well.
Always, Amor
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/22/2012
A loving, respectful, and meaningful tribute; thank you for sharing it, Christine. Love, peace, and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Cryssa C 10/1/2012
beautiful memories penned...
I have a sister much like your brother. She has never be one to be in the forefront, but the strength that I draw from her quiet fortitude is immeasurable...

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/5/2011
Such a bittersweet poem. I missed my dad's "conscious" passing by a few hours. It might as well have been decades. I've never felt right about it but it is nothing I can change. This was comforting for me, Christine. Patrick
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 8/26/2011
What a gift this poem is for your brother, Christine. He sound like a guy I would like to know.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Jon Willey 8/2/2011
A poignant tribute Christine. Every line runs pure with your love and respect of Jeff. I bid you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by jude forese 7/30/2011
beautiful and endearing ...
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/27/2011
This poem touched me deeply Christine, I remember sitting every night at my mother's dying bedside at the hospital only to get a call saying she passed away the one night my family forced me to go home. Yes, I do believe she chose it that way knowing how devastating it would have been for me to have to say that final goodbye.
Reviewed by Laura Fall 7/26/2011
A lovely written tribute indeed Laura
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/26/2011
A marvelous tribute to your brother, and a marvelous song, too.
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 7/26/2011
A reflection of your brother. He is your sibling this I know, because he sounds as nice as you.
Love and Peace
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 7/26/2011
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/25/2011
Reviewed by Susan Bergeron 7/25/2011
a story of sweet beautiful love of a Mother, Sister and Brother...Love You! Sue
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 7/25/2011
Thank You for exposing the great character of your brother, Jeff

If I had one, I could only pray that he would be just like Your Jeff

But in so doing, you also let us see that same character in Yourself

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/25/2011
Awesome reflection on your brother, Christine...and if he's like you (and I believe he is)...then his poetry will be pure magic too. Loved this!

Reviewed by Joy Hale 7/25/2011
This is an awesomely tender write about Jeff and your family. Love is written behind every line and shines through every word. I must admit that I shed many tears over this offering, for, as Jerry said, not all family members are as blessed as yours. A spectacular read!

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/25/2011
Your purity of heart, Christine,
is in every line.
Great pic - weren't you the cheeky one!

Reviewed by richard cederberg 7/25/2011
Great pic CT, and touching sentiment in this ... richard
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/25/2011
Christine, you are an Angel...Jeff is going to just wrap this up in his you tell him we want a taste of his poetry, would love to read his work~
Reviewed by Frank Stein (Reader) 7/25/2011
Wow, Indi, you really know how to dig deep and toss it up in the air and make it sprinkle down with love, music and the scent of wild flowers. You choked me up again....
Reviewed by D. Vegas 7/25/2011
Christine, How beautiful this is!
Reviewed by Lonnie Hicks 7/25/2011
Oh, you have such a great gift for remembering and memorializing your family and the things you care about. You make us in doing so feel a part of your family. And there is not higher compliment to a writer than that.
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 7/25/2011
this is sooo touching....(that picture is you!) ~ Morgan
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/25/2011
So poignant and heartwarming. Brought a tear…

Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 7/25/2011
What a lovely tribute to whom sounds like a truly great brother. Wonderful memories here, Christine. Jeff, I am sure, will be a moving, important and loving part of your life forever.
Your friend, Mark
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/25/2011
There is so much "family" secrets within this precious poem, but there is enough said to the public that makes me know that this is a brother loved. To be loved is special, whether the love is shared between lovers, or whether it comes from family, for not all families love one another. This was so good, Christine . . .
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/25/2011
How tender and loving and how proud he must be of you and his dear mother.


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