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Below is the poem entitled RITES OF PASSAGE which was written by poet Brian Strand. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Remember the day
Apron strings loosed,untied
as maternal voices faltered and cried
Remember the day
When a soprano voice lost its elan
and a boy became a man
Remember the day
Peer pressure would not hide
and diffidence was replaced with pride
Remember the day
Desire,with warm whispers heard
questions,answered with just three words
Remember the day
Filled with joy and love
a union blessed from above
Remember the day
Holding a first-born,so wee
as two self-absorbed,became three
Remember the day
Trust was born-a-new
a changed life came into view
Remember the day
Genesis as a work of art
with gifts to share and impart
Remember the day

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  1. Date: 4/15/2010 7:23:00 AM
    Very good one, Brian and several days or "times" to remember here. Belated congratulations on this one. andrea

  1. Date: 4/10/2010 11:39:00 AM
    Wonderful words on your best day. congratulations. Joyce

  1. Date: 4/10/2010 7:00:00 AM
    What a wonderful poem to mark such a wonderful milestone in a family! Congratulations on this beauty! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 4/10/2010 6:09:00 AM
    Congrats Brian on your winning poem and placement in Gareth's contest... a wonderful write and special win for u to enjoy on your way to the victory stage... luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 5/6/2009 6:29:00 AM
    This is outstanding Brian! I love the line Holding a first-born,so wee as two self-absorbed,became three I enjoy reading your art. :) Thank you for being here.

  1. Date: 4/26/2009 6:29:00 PM
    These are the days we remember all of our lives, Brian. You evoked very nice memories. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/16/2009 10:45:00 AM
    Memory always calls us back ... to what we cannot be again ... our poetry is the balm of our pain ... and this one is worthy to bring all peace

  1. Date: 4/16/2009 7:25:00 AM
    Oh, Brian, this is breathtakingly beautiful, haunting in it's oneness and solitary truth. I remember it well - how could one ever forget...always, it is written on my heart, and around, for always. this is in my faves - God bless, Kristin

  1. Date: 4/16/2009 3:04:00 AM
    thanks for your comments brian, and yes for those of us who are married we have to remember the day, my day was out of this world, very different in a good way, like in a dream. We must remember the day. I don't think we can forget the day good or bad. Well put together. Abe

  1. Date: 4/15/2009 3:32:00 PM
    ow my you are so talented-Genesis as a work of art with gifts to shareand impart-remember the day-ow yes i will,you re a great reminder,lovely writing,just excellent-charma

  1. Date: 4/15/2009 3:25:00 PM
    You are one of the few people who have the wherewithal to make things happen while moving forward. -Always Alexandra

  1. Date: 4/15/2009 12:14:00 PM
    From your other poem to this, I have constant goosebumps that will not go away. Amazing poetry with a perfect title. Important days to remember and treasure for always. Life certainly seems to go so fast with certain memories imprinted in our hearts and souls forever. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 4/15/2009 8:05:00 AM
    What a perfectly wonderful poem, said with tender care, and gentle words. The sad line so touching "when soprano voice lost it's elan" heart breaking..yet the growth of boy to man, love, marriage, fatherhood, finding God in all your words, Brian. I love this. ~ best wishes~ Carrie

  1. Date: 4/15/2009 5:14:00 AM
    How absolutely beautiful. :) I just love "as two self absorbed became three" yep i can relate to that. I love this write! *^_^* Love C

  1. Date: 4/15/2009 5:06:00 AM
    I love the soft flowing beauty of this poem, Brian! It touches on those precious moments that give life meaning, definition and joy. Excellent piece! Thankyou for your thoughtful comments! Love, Robin

  1. Date: 4/15/2009 4:37:00 AM
    I love this and the rememberance you have flowing through..I couldn't help but revisit some first for me as I read this work..very well done Brian.