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Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: 18+ | (5.0)


Dearest Light,

In my heart, I know that God cries the same as we do…..

And I am grateful for such, and that the view is broader through His eyes -
such that He knows the road ahead….

these stones along the way

*Suitheart*

hold me here
a little while -
catch my tears with joy
remind me of a day
not long ago
I sat upon the steps
and played -
thought not long ahead
of all that would
your tender mercies
know

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the September (a bit late) Rising Star Shining Brighter
contest. Thank you so for this amazing piece. I am thankful for the
depth of feeling that is your talent.

Always love,
Bobbie

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Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dearest Poet,

I am relatively certain there's only one genre of poetry
I appreciate more than poems of love – well, they are still poems of
love – a love for nature. I am enchanted by the
works of Emily Dickinson and Mary Oliver.

And though it relates not directly to nature, I am
appreciative of your dedication of this particular
piece to the Circle of Sisters.

I am also so very moved by the title, for surely if we
teach others to love, we teach them to fly. *Bird*

This is truly beautiful, my friend.

*Suitheart*

of tired wing
I’ve heard your cry
beneath the still of morning
before the amber shade
of falling night

I’ve kept a watch
while sleep was come
to distant dreams familiar
as one with shadows soaring -
into the fading light

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the June (a bit late) Rising Star Shining Brighter
contest. Thank you so for this lovely piece of work. Thank you for the
blessing that is your talent.

Always love,
Bobbie

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Review of To my student  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dear Koyel,

This seems like excellent advice. Perhaps I’ll use it on
my students. It seems like with every class,
I’m trying a new means for helping them to see the obvious -
that they can have whatever they want; the only
thing keeping them from it is themselves.

There always a reason not to give our all;
some excuse for why the best approach
doesn’t quite work for us.

*Suitheart*

o tired soul
of fading faith -
once more
your banner furl

to those who
wonder who you are -
as one for all the
world

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the June (a bit late) Rising Star Shining Brighter
contest. Thank you so much for this beautiful submission. I am thankful
for the gifts you share with us.

Always love,
Bobbie

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Review of The Muse's Garden  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


O Ken ~

I love this. The style is beautiful, and I must say that I am envious of your
ability to work within form (and have me forget the form completely). I think
that's why I resist, for my words always feel forced into a place unnatural
to me - to the original thought.

Also, this was sad........in a way. But then again, you surely knew
I'd think that..........for it writes to my heart, so easily scarred.

*Suitheart*

dream
beyond the life
we dreamed -
find me there
sometime
penned into the places
meant for rhyme

say my name
with passion -
the same as once I heard
tell me still
you love me -
lest I die
within
your words

*Suitheart*

I really love this, Ken. I am reading for the April Rising Star Shining Brighter Contest. Thank you
for your entry, and for the wonder that is words.

Much love,

Bobbie

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Review of LINES  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | N/A (Review only item.)


Dearest Everose ~

I love the simple beauty of this piece. It leaves the reader to imagine,
to fit their own lines into those of yours.

It is magic. It is literature.

It is beautiful.

*Suitheart*

weave these words
to fragile verse
these lines to fill between
the leaving
from the coming back
the waking
from the dream

*Suitheart*

I love this. I am reading for the April Rising Star Shining Brighter Contest. Thank you
for your entry, and for the wonder that is your talent.

Much love,

Bobbie

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Review of Southern Retreat  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dear Friend,

You’ve done a wonderful job with this piece -
telling us a monstrous story – with a few lines
and quite a bit of talent.

I’ve often wondered if history might be better taught
with haiku, verse, and sonnets. I know I certainly would
have paid more attention.

I really like the form you used here, and applaud
your ability to capture the reader, and not lose
sight of the form. *Quill*

*Suitheart*

be still
the recollection
of miles -
of years removed
of fields we painted red
do they still bleed

permission
to be something less
a right we took away -
what stars
forgot to find us
never freed

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the March (a bit late) Rising Star Shining Brighter
contest. Thank you so much for this entry, my friend. And more,
thank you for your talents and the sharing of both.

Always love,
Bobbie

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Review of Thin Ice Dreams  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dearest Panda Paws ~

I applaud you. I readily admit that I am terrible with form. What I gain
in my writing, I lose in trying to make it fit into matching lines and rhyme.

But everytime I come upon a piece that obviously defies my objections,
I am reminded of a talent I wish I had. *Suitheart*

And in the reading, I forget the form.......which is how I know
it's well done.

softer lines
become of mine
verse defying verse
years are worn
against a distant rhyme

reminding
me
of shadows
light becoming lines
ways I meant for falling
every time

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the February Rising Star Shining Brighter Contest. We are grateful
for your entry and for the gift that is your talent.

Much love,

Bobbie

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Review of Atreus  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)


Dearest Calvin ~

Always, we find our future in one of two places – either written by our past -
or in finding something out beyond our bondage – a place we love
more than this.

You’re a wonderful storyteller. I am in awe.

*Suitheart*

of mysteries
the questions
sometimes more
the answers bear
to wonder what the reason
we were saved

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the January edition of the Rising Stars Shining Brighter Contest.
Thank you for this entry and for the gift of your talents.

Love always,
Bobbie

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Review of Jolene!  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)


Dear Marc ~

I love this……… Not for the situation it portrays but for the courage shown by Jolene.
Do you know that an abused woman will be beat an average of seven times
before she leaves the first time? At some point, the lines fade between right and
wrong and all that matters is surviving. I’ve worked with women who found a refuge
in prison for it was the one place their husband couldn’t reach.

You’ve done a wonderful job with developing this story…. Thank you, Marc.

*Suitheart*

stay me here
one other day
beyond the urge to fly
tell me that I’m all you’ll ever need
a means for understanding
wrongs were never right
tell me of your love
when come for me

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the January edition of the Rising Stars Shining Brighter Contest.
Thank you for this thought provoking and emotional piece.

Love always,
Bobbie

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Review of RoadWork  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dear Friend ~

I really like this. I’m not sure I can say just why, other than to say
that it kept my attention…….

Beyond words, the format was such that it kept me engaged. I really
really like this………. I close my eyes, and can smell the tar….

*Suitheart*

here and there
the road becomes
a reason to remember
the coming back
the moving on
to home

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the January edition of the Rising Stars Shining Brighter Contest.
Thank you for this wonderful piece.

Love always,
Bobbie

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Review of Aurora Borealis  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dearest Paws ~

Few things are as inspiring as the night ~
as the constellations. I’ve often sat and wondered
to the wishes made lifetimes ago ~ some not yet
reached the stars ~ others falling tho I cannot see. *Fire*

*Suitheart*

of what
and more -
some distance made
was light beyond the pines
might stories
be made over
every time
the heart is held
with wishes sweet
to fill the dark between
the first we knew
of something more
than dreams

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the January edition of the Rising Stars Shining Brighter Contest.
Thank you for this wonderful piece of work.

Love always,
Bobbie

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Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dearest Connie ~

….and in the sharing, you find those moments again.. *Suitheart*

I am convinced that is part of the reason we write – to live
again in our words. In your words, you relive a beautiful time -
stretching moments to span eternity.

I've often thought that we live as long as one remembers our
name. In the telling of your story, we become a part of that story -
of your telling.

Love can never exist without his brother, sorrow. And yet, where one
comes, the other sits not far away.

For lives we grieve, until they surely
bring us to our knees. Perhaps while we’re there, we should express
our gratitude for love that came before. Love that told our story.

*Suitheart*

whisper to my memory
the first I thought of you
as winter passed
and Christmas
called your name

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the November edition of the Rising Stars Shining Brighter Contest.
Thank you for this beautiful gift you share through your stories of Jim and your
family together. You are blessed and you have blessed us in the remembering.

Love always,
Bobbie

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Review of Spark  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dearest Marc ~

O yes!!! We need only to be open to it – to become a part of it. *Fire*

*Suitheart*

burn against
this chilly heart -
mark my soul with flame
move these winds
to carry me afar

sweet to
right your wronging -
wordless to your sin
shining just above -
your favored star

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the November edition of the Rising Stars Shining Brighter Contest.
I am grateful for every entry you make, Marc. Thank you for you.

Love always,
Bobbie

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Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dearest Friend ~

Time with family is so rarely without flaw; and yet
(and yet) it is always perfect!!!

Let us linger over moments where forever keeps us still.

*Suitheart*

unburdened
by forgiveness
grace we never earned
starry skies
to cleave us from the pain

*Suitheart*

I am reviewing for the November edition of the Rising Stars Shining Brighter Contest.
Thank you for this lovely submission and for the inspiration that keeps you writing.

Love always,
Bobbie

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Review of Dear Karly  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)



My dearest Kasia ~

The sweetest of burdens is the missing of love…the memory
of another hand to hold.

And yet (and yet) there is more than can be started – a story unwritten
sits sweet on the soul.

We cannot unwrite the torment of sorrow or ache where a light
used to shine. Always forever, seems more that we care – a moment
surrendered to time.

I love this, Kasia. I feel the hurt and know the missing. But I know
a world of people who would love to have the gift that you had – that of notice - a time to speak
words that would weigh heavy in the silence.

Let us forever be grateful for the love that came before the grieving. And there, our treasure.

*Suitheart*

of moments
not counted -
and now there are none
but the sweet (o so sweet)
of the others
we’ve known

*Suitheart*

Thank you. I am reviewing (a bit late) for the October Rising
Star Shining Brighter contest. I am appreciative of this time to spend
with such an emotional (sweet) part of who you are. Love never
dies.

Much love always,

Bobbie

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Review of Tomorrow  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)



My dearest ~

I love this! I admit that I am not a huge fan of story. Well, I am, but
I struggle sometimes with understanding what a writer meant to convey.

And yet (and yet) this was something more – a reminder that things are not
over when it appears they are over. There is reason in disorder, and a sweet
silent plan in almost everything.

These are the stones……….

*Suitheart*

of times
I have no memory
but of sorrows falling round
a silence seemed so heavy
I would drown

a truth
was wrapped in pages
some other truth
reserved -
an almost there
a savior come
in verse

lines are drawn
and lives are spent
and one day
all is done
a path we knew
awaiting us
to home

*Suitheart*

Thank you. I am reviewing (a bit late) for the October Rising
Star Shining Brighter contest. I am in awe of your talents, and grateful
for this time to read.

Much love always,

Bobbie

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Review of Autumnal Dance  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)



My dearest Ken ~

I love the Fall. There is something sweetly romantic in the falling of leaves -
in the almost (not quite) dance of colors. The eager brushing of hearts
one to another. It is the story of life coming true.

*sigh*

*Suitheart*

fallen once
the maple chord
of memories beginning
would find
and wrap around us
in the light

eagerly
was once a word
of all we knew
was story -
is falling now
beyond the reach
of night

*Suitheart*

I love this, Ken. I am reviewing (a bit late) for the October Rising
Star Shining Brighter contest. Thank you for the wonder you bring to those
who love you.

Much love always,

Bobbie

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Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: ASR | (5.0)



My dearest Christina ~

I am always envious of those who can weave a story from imagination.
I can do rhyme and ramble with the best of them. But story only works for me
when it is true (when it is my story)……

And yet, I fell in love with this and the mystery you wove into words. Very
well done, my friend.

*Suitheart*

as pages
once the mirror claimed
stories writ the wind
ancient seeds
and there a garden
grows

separate from another
some reaching
into life
took us not by faith
to places
known

*Suitheart*

This is very well done, Christina. I am reviewing (a bit late) for the October Rising
Star Shining Brighter contest. Thank you for the gift of story that comes so easy to your
pen.

Much love always,

Bobbie

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Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: 13+ | N/A (Review only item.)



My dearest Nixie ~

This is a sweet, endearing story and I was carried along – on the story,
on the hope, on the memories that brought your characters to life.

We are more than flesh and blood, but the accumulation of our sorrows,
our joys – moments strung together to make a life.

I love this.

*Suitheart*

now and then
the road is come
and there
a choice between
the life before
and something
past the dream

*Suitheart*

This is beautiful, Nixie. I am reviewing (a bit late) for the October Rising Star Shining Brighter contest.
Thank you for the talents you so sweetly share with us.

Much love always,

Bobbie

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Review of Sometimes...  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dearest Jaya ~

There is something liberating in isolation – magical
about the silence of nothing more than breath
moving in and about.

In the stillness, we are remembered to ourselves.

*Suitheart*

of others you have known
was I one before -
written to the pages
none can see
guarded as a tragedy
one more time to count
stories never told
a mystery

the silent name
the absent scorn
of more we meant to be

*Suitheart*


I am reviewing for the June competition for Rising Star
Shining Brighter. Thank you for your entry. Good luck
with the competition, my friend.

Much love,
Bobbie

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Review of The Harbringer  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)


Dearest Calvin ~

Although story is never my preference, I was delighted
to find this an exception. It kept me reading, which is saying
a lot. In keep me interested, which hardly ever happens.

You do an excellent job with character, and I applaud your
skills as something I am without. 

Very nicely done.

*Suitheart*

the start of forever
and I would be willing
to trade every moment til then
for one more beginning
another ascending
were heaven decided
again

*Suitheart*


I am reviewing for the June competition for Rising Star
Shining Brighter. Thank you for your entry, and
for sharing your many gifts with us.

Much love,
Bobbie

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Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: ASR | (5.0)


Dearest Marc ~

I love this………..it reminds me of “The Tale Tale Heart” for some
reason. There is both acceptance and sorrow here, but greater is the
life which dares to remain tied to this mortal existence – reminders
of remembering.

You get me every single time!!! Truly (truly) exquisite, my friend.

*Suitheart*

tethered by a promise
come again someday -
make of me
a star in all your dreams
say my name
or keep it
taste each tender vowel
last year’s plans
have faded from us now

where we were
and what we meant
some other trust betrayed
a moment came -
eternity
has stayed
the changer with the changing
the dreamer
doesn’t dream -
for only this
the passing into light

burdened not by
stories –
of something
someone said
was life before
a ways for this to find
measured not to hours
passed -
when given love’s embrace
tempted not to taste
a breath divine

*Suitheart*


I am reviewing for the June competition for Rising Star
Shining Brighter. Thank you for your beautiful submission, and
even moreso, for sharing your talents with us.

Much love,
Bobbie

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Review of Pillars Of Stone  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)


Dearest Kasia ~

There is a heaviness to this piece, and I can only attribute
it to the weight that is the burden of life. If we carry it with strain,
it can bend us double. But if we dare to stand tall, the burden
is lessened – the road not quite so steep.

I love the feel of this though. It’s an old world type feel
of understanding, sorrow, and shared apprehension of tears.

where and still
we gather here -
with sorrow for the way
we came
and yet another price to pay
leaned into eternity
when faulted not our own
to fall into -
to answer yet by name

I love this. I am reviewing for the June competition for Rising Star
Shining Brighter. Thank you for your wonderful entry, and for
continuing to share your talents with us.

Much love,
Bobbie

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Review of Cleansing  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: E | (5.0)


Dearest Jaya:

How easy it would be if we could just know our faults, our weaknesses. If we
could know enough to avoid the pitfalls that are a part of life - a part
of learning where they are.

And yet, they are (indeed) a part of who we are. From them, we grow stronger.
From our faults, our wings emerge. Scars become our beauty.

I love this!

had I known
some other way
to get from there to here
roads denied the bridges
set aflame
memory of one more day
I thought I'd come around
surrender hid me well
within the shame

I’m reviewing for the May 2013 Rising Star Shining Brighter contest.
As always, Jaya, your talents are appreciated and applauded.

All my love,
Bobbie

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Review of A Whispered Call  
Review by Tornado Day
In affiliation with Circle of Sisters  
Rated: ASR | (5.0)


Dearest Sinclair ~

There is a depth to this piece that words cannot reveal - a sorrow
that can never be contained by a pen or by the limits of a page. In this, the truth
that is life and love - the cost for all we know.

I've thought many times over the past week that the world is fortunate
that I am not God, for surely I would have destroyed mankind during a moment
of grief such as this....a moment revealing the apparent flaw with creation.

And yet, I am not God and we are blessed (again) for always, it was
a part of the plan that love would save us ~ HIS love would save us. We were
never meant to earn it....

and we never did.

*Bird*

what words shall fall
to ease your pains -
what joy would hurt absolve
what tears to cry
would tell you of my loss
how many sins
you might release
how many wars unknown
would still your heart
that I might grieve
your sons

*Bird*

I am reviewing for the March Rising Star Shining Brighter contest. I am honored to have
the chance to read this timely and emotional piece, my friend. Thank you and good
luck with the contest.

Much love,

Bobbie

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