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I retired from a nursing career to live a simple life in the country and write. I self
published my first book of poetry, The River of Liquid Dreams. Small presses published two more, In The Presence of Shadows, and Faith Like A Dandelion. I had the honor of having one of my poems recited in a documentary produced by the Canadian Institute on Child Health, The Healing Journey. I give poetry readings and judge performance poetry competitions.

                                   Monterey Sirak        



Blog Posted:7/27/2013 5:25:00 AM
Since I joined the soup a few months ago, many amazingly talented poets, and just simply wonderful people have befriended and encouraged me. I feel bad that I just vanished a few weeks ago, stopped reading poetry and commenting. Here is the reason why.

My son was rock climbing and fell over 30 feet. Doctors said it was a miracle he lived. (He actually regained consciousness in the med-flight helicopter and was lucid enough to complain that it was his first helicopter ride and he couldn't see out the windows!) After surgery to put in plates and screws to put his pelvis back together, and many, many other head to toe injuries treated, he is on the mend. It will be a long recovery, at least a year.

I know without a doubt that his guardian angels were there, catching him and slowing his descent. After I got the call, as I was driving through the night to get to him from my sister's house several hours away, I kept hearing a voice telling me, "Keep calm. I've got him." The next morning my sister called me at the hospital and said she saw our mom (who passed away a few years ago) and two other angels. She said Mom told her "You girls don't worry. Keep calm. I've got him. I've had him since the minute he fell."

The Lord is wonderful, amazing and so faithful! I lost one son years ago, but God has allowed me to keep this son. I am so very thankful, for myself and for his children.

I am also very glad to be able to read incredible poetry again, here at the Soup.

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  1. Date: 7/28/2013 3:39:00 PM
    My family wii keep you and yours in our prayers...

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/29/2013 7:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Prayer, the best wireless communication. Thank you
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 7:40:00 PM
    Hi Monterey, I wondered where you were, missed your comments. I am so sorry to hear of the reason why, but pleased that the outcome is good. Time heals, physically and mentally, with God's help all will be well.....Seren

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/28/2013 5:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have missed reading your poetry
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 3:32:00 PM
    Hello Monterey What a scary experience for you . Bless you for you faith and best wishes for your son in his recovery. I believe in Guardian angels and their presence watching over us. Welcome back. SuZ

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/28/2013 5:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, I know my son will eventually be fine.
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 11:07:00 AM
    Miracles do happen.......I'm so happy to hear that this story didn't end tragically...... Although knowing the long road ahead, it will be uplifting to know there are those to help in the journey along the way. Thank you for sharing. :)

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/28/2013 5:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, miracles happen all the time. Sometimes they are big like this one, other times we could miss the everyday miracles if we are not paying attention
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 10:12:00 AM
    As a parent I know how you feel. Nothing hurts like grieving for the hurt of your child.

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/27/2013 10:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Children's pain is a hundred times worse for parents, but their joy lights our lives brighter than the sun
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 9:27:00 AM
    Hi dear..I"m glad your son is still with you and recovering as I'm sure your other son is still with you in spirit..Maybe closer than We think.Tnks for sharing your experience.I do believe everything happens for a reason in life.I will dig into your poems as soon as i have some free time-hugs Charma

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/27/2013 10:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you. My first born may have left physically but he lives in my heart
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 8:56:00 AM
    wow, I love this story. How cool!!! Glad you told this amazing story. We need these things to keep us having faith! Prayers for your son.

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/27/2013 10:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You're right. Faith is easy when life is easy, but it becomes a thing of rare beauty when we are tested and need to hold onto it.
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 8:29:00 AM
    An amazing story, Monterey. Our God is an Awesome God! I'm so happy you have a happy ending, even though the road of recovery may be long. Praying for a complete recovery. God bless! Love, Kim

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/27/2013 8:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh, thank you. Prayers are a lifeline
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 8:16:00 AM
    You are very lucky Monterey, my heart joys with you, and at the same time my heart hurts to hear of your other loss... This has been a heart stopping moment reading of your sons accident. Thank you for sharing the story how you kept the faith in your heart. love... LINDA

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/27/2013 8:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have learned through my life that God is always there and always good even when things go horribly wrong in this life.
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 6:23:00 AM
    That is an amazing story and I am so happy for you and your family that he will be alright. I too lost a son and know how much that hurt causes. Good luck in his recovery and good luck to you too. Hugs Betty

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/27/2013 7:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you. Losses and near losses make us grateful for the blessings we have.

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
10/18/2015 CAMOUFLAGE Imagismdestiny,
5/31/2015 PLAYING HOPSCOTCH WITH POETS Free versepoetry,poets,
5/20/2015 PROGRESS Free versefaith,
5/20/2015 THE BRIDGE Free versebest friend,childhood,lif
4/21/2015 SPRING CLEANING Free verselife,writing,
3/21/2015 WRITE BRAIN Free versewriting,
1/15/2015 CRISP WHITE PAPER Free versewriting,
1/6/2015 SANTORINI LOVE STORY Free verselife,love,
11/25/2014 WHAT WAS IS Rhymefun,
11/24/2014 UNDONE Free verselife,nature,
10/12/2014 NINETY SOMETHING Free verseage,life,world war ii,
10/4/2014 OZARKS Acrosticnature,
9/1/2014 FRUGIFEROUS Free verseromance,
8/24/2014 A TASTE OF----- Free versefun,
8/4/2014 FINALITY Free verseloss,relationship,
7/28/2014 DAISY PETALS Free verselove,
7/28/2014 Life Interrupted Free verselife,
7/16/2014 THE LETTER Free verseabsence,loneliness,
7/10/2014 WORDLESS MEMORIES Free versedevotion,loss,love,
6/6/2014 AUTUMN'S APPROACH Pantoumloss,
5/18/2014 A LETTER TO SYLVIA PLATH Free verseinspiration,poets,
5/10/2014 DELIVERANCE REVISITED Free versewords,
5/5/2014 MAKING BEDS IN A BURNING HOUSE Free versebrother,growth,life,
4/26/2014 FREE VERSE CIRCUS Free versepoetry,poets,
4/13/2014 COW TANKA Tankaanimal,friendship,
4/13/2014 SPRING MORNING IN THE OZARKS Free versenature,spring,
4/1/2014 MY ODE TO THE NETHERLANDS Dodoitsuimage,places,
3/17/2014 ALMOST Free versebaby,birth,loss,love,
3/16/2014 A MATTER OF TASTE Free verseabuse,
3/11/2014 NEGATION Imagismdevotion,life,
3/2/2014 SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT Free versebetrayal,loneliness,
3/2/2014 THE WINDOWPANE Imagismlove,
2/21/2014 TEARS Free verselife,
2/13/2014 PROMISES Free verselove,
2/13/2014 A LOVE THAT WILL CROSS OVER Coupletlove,
2/10/2014 WHERE DO THEY GO WHEN THEY LEAVE Free verseabsence,remember,
2/6/2014 TEA PARTY Dramatic Versededication,inspiration,
2/6/2014 THE LOST SOCK Free versepoetry,
1/31/2014 FADE AWAY Free verse 
1/27/2014 NELL Free versegrandmother,life,love,
12/23/2013 THE BLOSSOMING OF THORNS Free versebeauty,pain,
12/23/2013 MOST DESERVING Free verseconflict,confusion,hope,l
12/21/2013 OLD MAN WINTER Personificationwinter,
12/17/2013 NATURE'S CHILD Free verselife,
12/1/2013 IF I WERE TINKERBELL Free versefantasy,
11/26/2013 THANKSGIVING EVE Tankaloss,
11/23/2013 POETIC COMPARISONS Free verselife,poetry,society,
11/19/2013 One Thousand White Butterflies Free versebeauty,butterfly,celebrat
11/15/2013 BROKEN FLOWERS Ethereebeauty,child,love,
11/9/2013 DUST BOWL SF Free versechange,life,nature,
11/4/2013 SKY Free verselife,native american,
11/2/2013 ETERNAL BREATH Free verseloss,love,
10/23/2013 MISTY MORNING Imagismmorning,nature,
10/19/2013 SHIELD MY JOY Free versegod,joy,
10/16/2013 BEATLE MANIA Free versecelebrity,
10/15/2013 NEW ORLEANS Where Living Is So Good Free versecommunity,culture,life,
10/14/2013 PIXILATED Free versejourney,self,
10/12/2013 HOPE Imagismhope,image,
10/11/2013 TOP OF THE STAIRS Free verseimagination,senses,
9/22/2013 THOUGHTS FROM A TREE Free versefeelings,nature,spoken wo
9/22/2013 MELTING RAINBOWS Free verseconflict,culture,society,
9/21/2013 EARTH ASTRONAUTS AND PARISIAN CAFES Free verseimage,society,world,
8/17/2013 AT MIDNIGHT Free versepoems,
8/17/2013 ADDICTION Free versefeelings,identity,
7/28/2013 POETRY READING Free verseinspiration,introspection
7/27/2013 POACHING FROST Free versepoetry,words,
6/25/2013 A SECRET NEVER TOLD Free versedeath,grief,sister,
6/20/2013 PATTY-CAKE ANGELS Free verseangel,celebration,happine
6/15/2013 TRANSITION Versechange,relationship,
6/9/2013 WHEN A DREAMER SIGHS Free verselife,poetry,society,
6/5/2013 THE WAY OF LIFE Free versechange,
6/2/2013 I WANT WHAT I CAN'T HAVE Free verselife,society,
6/1/2013 MANUSCRIPT Imagismnature,
5/26/2013 Tomorrow I Will Write Free verseinspiration,poetry,writin
5/19/2013 HOME Free versehome,

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Fav Poems

The Peace Sign Free versememory,peace,
On the outside, looking in Free versefriendship,life,people,sa
My day as a woman Rhymeencouraging,feelings,jour
FINESSE Sonnetcharacter,
Flickering Shadows Free verseadventure,
Language Barrier Prose Poetryemotions,immigration,insp
ALL ABOUT CURIOSITY Light Poetryidentity,
Teach them young I do not know?africa,children,culture,e
ALONG YOUTH'S LANE Rhymechildhood,places,
Temple of Life Sijogod,nature,
FROZEN HEARTBEAT Free verselonging,sad,
How to Die Free verseage,death,dream,
Dear Robert Frost Free versepoetry,poets,
BLESSINGS Coupletappreciation,
Beg to Have Blitzbetrayal,
Questions to Ponder Verseappreciation,beauty,thank
I Am The Mighty Mountain Personificationearth,mountains,
My Poetry Garden Narrativegarden,
Hey Hank, Did You Just - Senryufunny,writing,
I need to feel Free verseangst,emotions,
A Rare Place Blank versenature,
The Gift Verseencouraging,prayer,spirit
How Poetry Began Quatrainnature,poetry,
Holy Is The Lamb Free versedevotion,god,
God's Kind Of Poetry Terza Rimabeauty,devotion,poetry,
FALL IN LOVE Acrosticautumn,love,nature,
- Angels and Snow - Versemoon,snow,winter,
The art of understanding Free verseprayer,
I am or maybe I am not Free versehow i feel,introspection,
YESTERDAY'S JOYS Rhymechildhood,image,magic,
The Hush of Christmas Past Sonnetchild,christmas,
Beneath the shattered Versebirth,courage,
A Single Soul Cries Out Rhymeblessing,conflict,courage
Love Gift I do not know?dream,love,
Wind Personificationnature,wind,
One Christmas Morn Versechristmas,
Embrace The Day Rhymelife,
On New Year's Eve Versenew year,
tree Free versechild,god,tree,
Hidden Beauty Rondeauhero,
Burden of Guilt Free verseemotions,poetry,sorrow,
The Fool Versecrazy,journey,
Transformation Rhymebeauty,
Under the Willow Trees Free versechildhood,death of a frie
The Peephole that is the Moon Rhymefaith,god,heaven,hope,
Pain of Night, Joy of Morning Free versechange,father daughter,in
Shades of Grey Proseintrospection,mystery,
Tanka Tankachildhood,
All I Have in Life Free verseabsence,best friend,betra
POETRY FOR POETS: i own this- edition Free versecreation,metaphor,poems,p
My lacking Quatrainemotions,river,
Workshop Poem - Winds Forgive Free versechange,faith,forgiveness,
Six Stories Free verseblessing,life,
Broken People Free versepeople,
THE JEWELER'S LATHE Free versebeauty,
The Gift of Poetry Free verseart,poetry,uplifting,
Time Alone Coupletfaith,introspection,spiri
Emptiness Free versegrandmother,love,memory,
NATURE TALK Free versenature,
Stand Still Verselife,
FINDING MYSELF AGAIN Dramatic Versecourage,love hurts,self,
INK - Ninette Ninetteanalogy,life,
YOU ARE GOD and I HAVE TO BELIEVE Free versechristian,conflict,confus
GROCERY LIST Free versefaith,
ONCE AGAIN Epigramhope,loneliness,love,
Girl in the Autumn Woods Haikuautumn,
MISSING PERSON Free verseirony,
BRITTLE FLEECE Verseclothes,longing,winter,
Memories Leave Silently Free verseage,loneliness,
When the Wanderer Returns Free verseabsence,adventure,childho

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Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
Sunshine Smile Norway Flag Norway Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
Donna Jones United States Flag United States Read
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
An Anchored Poet Netherlands Flag Netherlands Read
Ronald Zammit Australia Flag Australia Read
harry horsman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Robert Lindley United States Flag United States Read
Arlene Smith United States Flag United States Read
Tim Ryerson United States Flag United States Read
daver austin United States Flag United States Read
Sara Kendrick United States Flag United States Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Martin Lochner South Africa Flag South Africa Read
David Meade United States Flag United States Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Nandita Das India Flag India Read
Darlene Gifford United States Flag United States Read
Demetrios Trifiatis Greece Flag Greece Read
John lawless United States Flag United States Read
Mama Bear Canada Flag Canada Read