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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 7:21:00 AM
    Hi Monterey, yes, God is good, and ever faithful. A miraculous and heart warming story, Thank God your son is on the mend. I will check out your poetry. hugs, Catie :)

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    Sirak Avatar Monterey Sirak Date: 7/27/2013 7:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, I am going to look at your poetry too.
  1. Date: 7/27/2013 6:29:00 AM
    What an amazing, frightening, yet uplifting story. God bless!

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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. God blesses me everyday.
  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 PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
10/12/2014NINETY SOMETHINGFree verseage,life,
9/1/2014FRUGIFEROUSFree verseromance,
8/24/2014A TASTE OF-----Free versefun,
8/4/2014FINALITYFree verseloss,relationship,
7/28/2014DAISY PETALSFree verselove,
7/28/2014Life InterruptedFree verselife,
7/16/2014THE LETTERFree verseabsence,loneliness,
7/10/2014 WORDLESS MEMORIESFree versedevotion,loss,love,
6/6/2014AUTUMN'S APPROACHPantoumloss,
5/18/2014A LETTER TO SYLVIA PLATHFree verseinspiration,poets,
5/10/2014DELIVERANCE REVISITEDFree versewords,
5/5/2014MAKING BEDS IN A BURNING HOUSEFree versebrother,growth,life,
4/26/2014KALEIDOSCOPEFree verselife,loss,lost,
4/26/2014FREE VERSE CIRCUSFree versepoetry,poets,
4/13/2014COW TANKATankaanimal,friendship,
4/13/2014SPRING MORNING IN THE OZARKSFree versenature,spring,
4/11/2014WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONEFree versechildhood,children,life,
4/9/2014HANGING TOUGHFree versechildren,courage,life,
4/1/2014MY ODE TO THE NETHERLANDSDodoitsuimage,places,
3/17/2014ALMOSTFree versebaby,birth,loss,love,
3/16/2014OLD RATTY ROBEFree verseloss,love,mother,
3/16/2014A MATTER OF TASTEFree verseabuse,
3/2/2014SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHTFree versebetrayal,loneliness,
3/2/2014THE WINDOWPANEImagismlove,
2/21/2014TEARSFree verselife,
2/13/2014PROMISESFree verselove,
2/13/2014A LOVE THAT WILL CROSS OVERCoupletlove,
2/10/2014WHERE DO THEY GO WHEN THEY LEAVEFree verseabsence,remember,
2/6/2014TEA PARTYDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)dedication,inspiration,
2/6/2014THE LOST SOCKFree versepoetry,
1/31/2014FADE AWAYFree verse 
1/27/2014NELLFree versegrandmother,life,love,
12/23/2013THE BLOSSOMING OF THORNSFree versebeauty,pain,
12/23/2013MOST DESERVINGFree verseconflict,confusion,hope,l
12/21/2013OLD MAN WINTERPersonificationwinter,
12/17/2013NATURE'S CHILDFree verselife,
12/1/2013IF I WERE TINKERBELLFree versefantasy,
11/30/2013A KING ARTHUR HOMEFree verseculture,
11/26/2013THANKSGIVING EVETankaloss,
11/23/2013POETIC COMPARISONSFree verselife,poetry,society,
11/19/2013One Thousand White ButterfliesFree versebeauty,butterfly,celebrat
11/15/2013BROKEN FLOWERSEthereebeauty,child,love,
11/9/2013DUST BOWL SFFree versechange,life,nature,
11/4/2013SKYFree verselife,native american,
11/2/2013ETERNAL BREATHFree verseloss,love,
10/25/2013GULF SHORE MOONNarrativedesire,love,moon,water,
10/25/2013EVENING SONGImagismanimal,eve,nature,
10/23/2013MISTY MORNINGImagismmorning,nature,
10/19/2013SHIELD MY JOYFree versegod,joy,
10/16/2013BEATLE MANIAFree versecelebrity,
10/15/2013NEW ORLEANS Where Living Is So GoodFree versecommunity,culture,life,
10/14/2013PIXILATEDFree versejourney,self,
10/11/2013TOP OF THE STAIRSFree verseimagination,senses,
10/10/2013EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARYFree versebeauty,happiness,life,
9/22/2013THOUGHTS FROM A TREEFree versefeelings,nature,spoken wo
9/22/2013MELTING RAINBOWSFree verseconflict,culture,society,
9/21/2013EARTH ASTRONAUTS AND PARISIAN CAFESFree verseimage,society,world,
8/27/2013WHOSE GARDENFree versechange,poetry,
8/22/2013LEFT SIDE OF NOWHEREFree versesocial,society,
8/17/2013AT MIDNIGHTFree versepoems,
8/17/2013ADDICTIONFree versefeelings,identity,
7/28/2013POETRY READINGFree verseinspiration,introspection
7/27/2013POACHING FROSTFree versepoetry,words,
6/25/2013A SECRET NEVER TOLDFree versedeath,grief,sister,
6/20/2013PATTY-CAKE ANGELSFree verseangel,celebration,happine
6/15/2013DADDY WANTED TO FLYFree versedad,
6/9/2013WHEN A DREAMER SIGHSFree verselife,poetry,society,
6/5/2013THE WAY OF LIFEFree versechange,
6/2/2013I WANT WHAT I CAN'T HAVEFree verselife,society,
5/26/2013Tomorrow I Will WriteFree verseinspiration,poetry,writin
5/19/2013Melancholy MemoryVersedeath,grief,loss,
5/19/2013HOMEFree versehome,
5/11/2013Twilight HandsFree verseage,life,mom,tribute,
5/5/2013EpitaphFree verseabsence,death,

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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
The Peace SignFree versememory,peace,
MomFree verseloss,love,mom,
Child Lips Free versechildhood,faith,
On the outside, looking inFree versefriendship,life,people,sa
My day as a womanRhymeencouraging,feelings,jour
Flickering ShadowsFree verseadventure,
Language BarrierProse Poetryemotions,immigration,insp
ALL ABOUT CURIOSITYLight Poetryidentity,
Like A TreeFree versedevotion,faith,
Teach them youngI do not know?africa,children,culture,e
ALONG YOUTH'S LANERhymechildhood,places,
Temple of LifeSijogod,nature,
FROZEN HEARTBEATFree verselonging,sad,
How to DieFree verseage,death,dream,
Dear Robert FrostFree versepoetry,poets,
Beg to HaveBlitzbetrayal,
Questions to PonderVerseappreciation,beauty,thank
I Am The Mighty MountainPersonificationearth,mountains,
My Poetry GardenNarrativegarden,
Hey Hank, Did You Just -Senryufunny,writing,
I need to feelFree verseangst,emotions,
What Am IQuatrainnature,
The GiftDramatic monologueangel,beauty,
A Rare PlaceBlank versenature,
The GiftVerseencouraging,prayer,spirit
How Poetry BeganQuatrainnature,poetry,
Hidden mountaineerRhymehappiness,journey,
Holy Is The LambFree versedevotion,god,
I Recall The WindFree versemom,moving on,
Soft SeptemberVerseautumn,
God's Kind Of PoetryTerza Rimabeauty,devotion,poetry,
FALL IN LOVEAcrosticautumn,love,nature,

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