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  1. Date: 1/26/2014 11:31:00 AM

    Did the child get removed with the hair???

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 12:18:00 PM

    WOW Ruben, this is so powerful, just a few well chosen words and you reached in and touched my heart, thats real poetry my friend. Bless you, going into my favs.

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 8:40:00 AM

    please Ruben - such sadness is unbearable. You are a poet pure and true.

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 3:53:00 PM

    This just flat tears me to pieces every time I read it, Ruben. Congratulations (very late) - Tim

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 10:36:00 AM

    Am honored to share 1st place with you - an incredible visual! congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 5:46:00 AM

    great poem!! congratulations and thank you for your kind comment!

  1. Date: 6/20/2012 12:56:00 AM

    how well you say the unsayable! of cheers to you for this superb win, ruben!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 9:15:00 PM

    My daughter works withtheselittle ones that have cancer Ruben and I knit hats for their little bald heads to keep them warm. These few words bring the tragedy of short lives to a reality not often thought about. The sadness is heartbreaking dear friend.

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 2:39:00 PM

    Concise... stark... very good... Terry

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 1:36:00 PM

    Glad to see you in first place and very sad to hear how many loved ones of yours had to endure this, sorry for my silly comment below..I had not realized it was for this contest? Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 6:29:00 AM

    Ruben this poem landed right where it should be #1. It is sad but an honest truth. I am just overwhelmed by this one. Can not express my thoughts the way I wish do. Thank you for writing this and entering it in the contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 3:34:00 AM

    Your short and simple, sweet can't be used for this subject, Tanka hits the bulls eye. Very well done! Congrats!

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 11:06:00 PM

    See, the subtlety worked perfectly! Congrats on your most deserved 1st place. BTW - I have been recently trolling you in some of the blogs, especially Billy's recent one lol.

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 10:25:00 PM

    Rubix--this is stupendous! My kids read it this evening and they were discussing what this scene could be like...well, this is how to win a moment of intense emotion! Congrats! Gwendolen

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 10:08:00 PM

    Congrats on this! Deserving win, paints a perfect picture

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 8:58:00 PM

    This one really grabbed me and would not let go no matter who many times I read it. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 7:32:00 PM

    A touching write, Ruben. The child surely knew a friendly and compassionate person when seeing you. A blessed moment you certainly captured in this write! Thank for the comment on my blog! My son was standing beside me, and it made him laugh! Best wishes, Mikki

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 6:32:00 PM

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING RUBEN !!!! Congratulations on your win!!!! GREAT JOB!!!

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 4:44:00 PM

    Simply awesome!Great piece,Ruben.CONGRATS on your well deserved win..

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 3:50:00 PM

    Nicely and compassionately done Reuben. Congratulations on your big win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 2:32:00 PM did I miss this one?? Breaks my heart with so many emotions.......ohhhh wow....speechless...

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 10:37:00 AM

    Oh shucks! this goes straight to my heart, Ruben! Very very moving tanka and in very few syllables too! I can just imagine this child. Shucks. Awesome tanka you have here Ruben-- & oh Wow!! Coming from you, that is a huge compliment! Thank you very much, it means a lot, you are far too kind! I'm happy you liked it :D Thanks for the well wishes & fave... I'm happy just to be able to write a poem for Chris' contest :) That's my first solo full fledged free verse poem in 2 months, eep.

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 1:02:00 AM

    wow, this one is Wonderful!!!

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 11:56:00 PM

    Ow geee this is so sad and i have tears rolling down my cheek.Lately i became such a softy!Keeping to this topic.... Once i wrote a poem about a blind boy who visits me daily at work and fills me with happiness.He is in intensive care unit,He has diabetees,blind,He has a pee bag attached to his body,and now his kidneys are not working on their own..pLS do pray for him,i love that boy.. And feel so guilty that i can't visit in my condition.Thanks Ruben

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 2:03:00 AM

    A bald child. . .the kind that lives with chemo I am assuming. Your last line made me break into tears. What a great poet you are Ruben. This is one of the most moving Tanka I have ever read. It is going into my favorites. Bravo my friend.

  1. Date: 6/14/2012 12:31:00 PM

    good ruben . Love it! * smiles* Ron

  1. Date: 6/13/2012 9:22:00 AM

    such pathos done with grace, ruben... beautiful!..) huggs!

  1. Date: 6/12/2012 3:36:00 PM

    ..."I Wonder If They Even Knew ? Probably Not; Somewhere In Babies Dreamland; Dreaming Of Sugar Pops &, Candy Cops *.* But I Love The Precious Picture That Your Loving Priceless Heart Paints Here, My Dear Beautiful Gifted Ruben * Maybe Baby Was Dreaming of You ? ... 'Luv,'" Tristen :)

  1. Date: 6/12/2012 3:21:00 PM

    Ruben , good one..David

  1. Date: 6/12/2012 1:28:00 PM

    Subtlety that packs a punch...right to the gut. Excellent! :)