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About Monterey Sirak
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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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Date: 7/28/2013 3:39:00 PM
My family wii keep you and yours in our prayers...
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Date: 7/29/2013 7:40:00 AM
Prayer, the best wireless communication. Thank you
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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Date: 7/28/2013 5:33:00 AM
I have missed reading your poetry
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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Date: 7/28/2013 5:32:00 AM
Thanks, I know my son will eventually be fine.
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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Date: 7/28/2013 5:24:00 AM
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
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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Date: 7/27/2013 10:48:00 AM
Children's pain is a hundred times worse for parents, but their joy lights our lives brighter than the sun
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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Date: 7/27/2013 10:47:00 AM
Thank you. My first born may have left physically but he lives in my heart
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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Date: 7/27/2013 10:43:00 AM
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.
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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Date: 7/27/2013 8:42:00 AM
Oh, thank you. Prayers are a lifeline
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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Date: 7/27/2013 8:41:00 AM
I have learned through my life that God is always there and always good even when things go horribly wrong in this life.
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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Date: 7/27/2013 7:38:00 AM
Thank you. Losses and near losses make us grateful for the blessings we have.

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