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The Poets I Hope to Meet in Heaven - A Tribute to Chan Hurst 1979-2014

A few poems written by Chan Hurst, (Just That Archaic Poet) I hope that we can find some comfort in them at this sad time. "A Rational Explanation" What must I do to see this through- Unlock the world I never knew? For all I've seen hath been untrue, As all I've felt hath plagued me, too! I am no more, past Deaths before I've reached the end of Living War- (to see through eyes both blind and closed) A life to touch, but never know... "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep" Every day, to God I pray For answers to Life's enigmas Patience lays in wait to stay- To cleanse our Social Stigmas We pass the time in our idle Dreams: Like fallen stars in singing streams "A Happy Ending" Remorse and regret, I mustn't forget Remind me that Life is a process of Learning Indeed for I sorrow'd; 'twas always upset As the Truth was met with painful discerning But now my eyes are open-wide, Grew to love what I once despised I am no longer sick inside- I just feel happy to be alive "A Master's Approval" No happier could I ever be, (Or feel a joy's enormity!) Than to know a Soul as Poe- Would say he likes my poetry! "The Poets I Hope to Meet in Heaven" I pray that in my Eternity, I'll meet Shelley, Poe and Emily That we'll all sit down at a table round, And at length discuss our Poetry! And Longfellow, lest we forget Lord Byron, Shakespeare, and beloved Keats! If I prove their favorite Poet, I could accomplish no greater feat! For all my many silly musings, This one I covet above the rest For my Soul's toil- finally proving That the Masters love me best! "Heaven For A Poet" by Kelly Deschler My own piece of heaven, a quiet little nook, With only the finest parchment in a leather book, A feather quill pen and an ocean of ink, My thoughts would never stop to think, Every single line I write would rhyme, My poetry would be beautiful and sublime, I'd be entertained daily, by Dr. Seuss, And, put to bed nightly, by Mother Goose, Lessons from Byron, Shelley, Coleridge and Poe, Teaching me every single thing that they know. My own piece of heaven, will have to wait, Until one day, when I must meet my fate, So, for now I will have to be content, With my own words that may be heaven sent, Inspiration from my idols is all I need, Writing poetry in a notebook from Mead, With this cheap, plastic Bic pen, And a dream to be, just like them. This poem was one of mine that Chan had faved, so I thought it would be appropriate to share this now and dedicate it to him. I will always miss you, BP, my brother in poetry, but I sense that you are smiling down on us now. I know that Chan idolized Edgar Allan Poe. I remember him telling me that someday, he wanted to share a table in heaven with that "good ol' E.A. Poe". So, Chan, if that is what you're doing now, I envy you, my friend! And, you said that you would personally invite me to that little gathering, remember? :)

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Date: 5/22/2015 10:34:00 PM
I want to soupmail you something. and glad I came to this one because it made me remember our dear chan. How special that you were so close to him.
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Date: 12/25/2014 3:22:00 PM
I like " Heaven for a poet" who knows you might meet them
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 12/27/2014 7:09:00 PM
It would be an honor to meet with those great poets who came before us, as well as the friends we've lost along the way... Thank you for reading and commenting on my poems, Yeisiel. I appreciate it very much!
Date: 12/5/2014 6:19:00 AM
A heartfelt tribute Kelly...very touching... best wishes...
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 12/11/2014 2:11:00 AM
Thank you very much for your kind words, Joseph.
Date: 11/23/2014 8:51:00 AM
It was thoughtful of you to post his poems. I very much enjoyed reading them. I will very much enjoy meeting him in person when my time here has reached it's purpose.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 11/26/2014 1:34:00 AM
Thank you, Richard. I wanted to do something in memory of Chan. I thought about writing a blog or a new poem, but I just couldn't lift my pen that day... I am sure he will be waiting in a special place where we can meet him one day.
Date: 11/18/2014 7:54:00 AM
This is so moving, I felt the wrapping of your affection. This is a beautiful dedication.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 11/23/2014 12:57:00 AM
Thank you, Richard. Chan was a good friend and I will miss him so much. But, I feel like he is in a better place, where he can be free of his troubles. I was rereading his poems and they were very comforting, and reassuring for me. I wanted everyone to feel the same.
Date: 11/15/2014 11:30:00 PM
What a wonderful tribute, I cant believe I did not meet him here, just reading a few of his you posted here, sure tells me I missed a lot, Of course, it makes me sad, as it always does when someone passes on, in this instance I know I will meet him soon, I have a reservation at Poe's table!
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 11/19/2014 12:29:00 AM
Thank you, Arthur. You can still find Chan's poems by searching for "Just That Archaic Poet". I think the two of you would have gotten along great! There are many of us with reservations at Poe's table, and hopefully we will not be meeting there anytime soon. Someday we will, though!
Date: 11/12/2014 9:21:00 PM
I truly enjoyed tonight reading both Chan's poems and yours. They go very well together. Nicely rhymed imaginative write.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 11/16/2014 11:40:00 PM
Thank you, Isaiah. I am glad you've enjoyed this tribute to Chan Hurst... He was so passionate about rhyme, and always encouraged me to continue using it.
Date: 11/12/2014 4:02:00 PM
oh wow, this is SO neat to know about. I wrote a poem once upon a time where i mentioned some of those great names and wanting to be with the poets in heaven. Maybe many of us have that same dream. Chan is there now!! How awesome it would be if we could find out he IS meeting those great minds. I love the one of his this title of your post is based off and also the poem of yours that you are reposting!!
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Date: 11/12/2014 5:26:00 AM
Kelly what could be more fitting then to expose your poetic brother. I thank you for compiling this little collection of Chan's work. Unfortunately I did not know him. I am trying to read as much of his poetry as I can. Hopefully I will read everything he wrote here. I wish you everything good and hope at times you feel he is visiting you. You are a good friend. Lots Of Love.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 11/15/2014 12:53:00 AM
You're welcome, Maurice. I think you would have gotten along very well with Chan. He had a big heart and a fun, energetic personality. I am sure going to miss his presence here, but I do feel that he is always near... Thank you for your kind words, my friend.
Date: 11/10/2014 3:25:00 PM
I just learned of this a few days ago. Very, very heartbreaking...thank you so much for this.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 11/13/2014 2:43:00 AM
So did I, Drake, and it was very, very sad news for me, too.... You're welcome. I wanted to do something in memory of Chan, but I couldn't lift my pen to write a new poem. I felt very comforted by rereading some of his work. It was almost like he had never left. Thank you so much for having him as a guest on your radio show, and allowing all of us to hear his voice.
Date: 11/10/2014 1:06:00 PM
Chan died young, but he had left a treasure for us. He was so pure. For all my many silly musings, This one I covet above the rest For my Soul's toil- finally proving That the Masters love me best! "Heaven For A Poet" is a great tribute to the memory of Chan Hurst. I mourn his death but truth is he lives for ever as all poets do crossing the space-time barrier. Love::: rajat
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 11/13/2014 2:28:00 AM
Thank you, Rajat. We only knew Chan for the one year that he spent on Poetry Soup. But, during that short time he became a dear friend to all of us. Chan's poems and his wonderful personality will live on forever. I was rereading some of his work and his words have brought comfort to me already.
Date: 11/10/2014 9:37:00 AM
Kelly, I am so sorry to hear of Chan's passing. What you did here with so key poems by Chan, in addition to your "Heaven For A Poet," is really wonderful and quite a fitting tribute to a great poet. This one with be in my FAV file too!! Best Always, Gary
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 11/13/2014 1:54:00 AM
Thank you, Gary. The news of his passing was so sad for all of us. I went to reread Chan's poems and his words really brought comfort to me. So, I wanted to share that same feeling with everyone else. Chan's presence is certainly going to be missed.
Date: 11/10/2014 8:52:00 AM
This is a fitting tribute to Soup's Archaic Poet. I had no idea that he had passed away...perhaps because I am not a frequent blog visitor. I hope that he is in his seventh heaven. Thank you for bringing this to my notice, Kelly. Hugs // paul
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 11/13/2014 1:27:00 AM
You're welcome, Paul. It was such sad news to hear. You can find out more by visiting Debbie Guzzi's blogs, if you haven't already. I wanted to do something in memory of Chan, like a blog or a poem, but that day I just couldn't lift my pen to write. I know many do not visit the blogs, so I decided to post my tribute here, where more could see it. I hope Chan is in that seventh heaven, he deserves to be there! Hugs!
Date: 11/10/2014 1:51:00 AM
All the brilliance of all these dazzling stars that from heaven still today dazzle us with the iridescence light from their golden mighty pens. . Such beautiful tribute Kelly. :)love and light! xxx D.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 11/12/2014 1:59:00 AM
We dream that one day we can be among those dazzling stars who inspire us most. Chan is so deserving of being remembered in the same way. Thank you for the wonderful comment, Dorian.