Misunderstand me

You told me I was wrong

to all my rights

as I stared at tombstones

read ancient Greek adages

rolled in limousines

to graveyards and churches

but funerals are exactly like weddings

do not fool yourself

death and love

are interchangeable.

Wear black for white

white for black

only my mom is left now.

Coffin upon coffin of years

scan pictures to lost villages

escape time with movie star poses

kiss strangers into friends.

Drink shots of Metaxa and Greek coffee

for six days straight

and still the pain is not numb

it is all a farce

this life.

Our bodies cold

with painted lips and

pretty dresses

or suits

to make a new home

stare at endings

make new beginnings.

late night philosophical quests

of broken dreams

unedited manuscripts.

Always doing what we could

to be understood

but all I want to do

is be


Bury me with my books of poetry

I joke

but I am dead serious.




  1. thelonelyauthorblog · December 2, 2015

    Bravo, bravo. You have taken your writing to a whole new level, a place I and mere mortals can only dream of – greatness. The delicious contradiction in the first two lines set the tone. “but funerals are exactly like weddings.” I am afraid only you could write those words. You cleverly followed that with your black for white exchange. Ah, what wonderful writing. I am afraid to tell you this may be your masterpiece, because I don’t want to inhibit any future works. I really wish I wrote this amazing piece. and I am DEAD SERIOUS.

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    • Chrissy · December 2, 2015

      Thank you so much Andrew! You are too kind, the truth is when you have been a close part of three members of my family dying so close together and my day a few years ago, you realize, that it is an art to create a perfect funeral. sadly. but it’s the truth, thank you again for reading…

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      • thelonelyauthorblog · December 2, 2015

        I have read that the greatest writers and work of writing all were born through pain. You have demonstrated that with this lovely work. I have experienced this loss as well. I truly hope there is an afterlife so our families can enjoy our successes down here. Maybe when we get there, you can be kind enough to introduce me to your loved ones. My heart goes out to you.

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      • Chrissy · December 2, 2015

        aww that means so much to me thank you a million, and yes we will all meet together one day and have a grand ol’party. :)))))

        Liked by 1 person

      • thelonelyauthorblog · December 2, 2015

        Sweet thoughts. That would be glorious.

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      • Chrissy · December 2, 2015


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  2. Dear Men Of LA · December 2, 2015

    That is hauntingly beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. HK Abell · December 2, 2015

    This is really powerful, Chrissy. I love watching your mind make connections here — a sort of channelled stream-of-consciousness.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chrissy · December 2, 2015

      Thank you, that is exactly it. 🙂


  4. Eric · December 2, 2015

    I’m sorry for all the pain you’ve seen lately, Poetess. And I’m always thankful for your beautiful words that you share with us.
    You’re wonderful and brilliant and I am so glad to know you. ❤

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    • Chrissy · December 2, 2015

      Thank you Eric, your sentiment is touching. You are a beautiful soul and I am grateful for you as well. :)) blessings your way. I hope you too are better with what you went through with your family also. In my thoughts x

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      • Eric · December 2, 2015

        Thank you, Christina. I appreciate your kindness and compassion too. We are holding on here, doing the best we can.
        All my best. Xx

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      • Chrissy · December 2, 2015


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  5. Visionariekind · December 2, 2015

    wow you nailed it Powerful!!!

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    • Chrissy · December 3, 2015

      I’m honored to have inspired you.


  7. livedinitaly · December 3, 2015

    Reblogged this on Livedinitaly's Blog.


  8. livedinitaly · December 3, 2015

    Hauntingly beautiful

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Don Royster · December 3, 2015

    A great piece of poetry.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Neha · December 3, 2015

    Hello Chrissy, really a piece of amazing poetry.. I am defiitely going to share it on facebook.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chrissy · December 3, 2015

      Hello Neha, thank you for sharing my work. Appreciate it very much. Not on Facebook but it’s nice to know that you liked it enough to share.
      Chrissy x


  11. Mr Modigliani · December 3, 2015

    Similar to a drawing or the photograph of a master, one of the keys to artistry is juxtaposing light and darkness, highlight and shadow. You have done so her with words that are haunting, lyrical and dripping with truth

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  12. binucherian · December 3, 2015

    I think this is not poem. this is pouring blood from your life. Touching. my tears are endless. take care.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Ace Worldwide News Group · December 3, 2015

    Reblogged this on ' Ace Friends News ' and commented:
    I post this to compliment my friend Andrews post today ad you inspired him regards Ian. Post is great l can see why he said what he said 🌟

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  14. Intricate Knot · December 3, 2015

    You have captured the grief, anger, and feeling of impotence in the loss of a loved one in one perfect poem. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Souldiergirl · December 4, 2015

    Oh honey- I love this. Straight soul words that write themselves from raw gut wrenching pain and aches. You are such a brave force. I love you and I am sorry because I know this hurts. Love you dg.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. jenanita01 · December 4, 2015

    Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie.


  17. Chrissy · December 7, 2015

    Reblogged this on Christina Strigas and commented:

    I am dead serious.


  18. thegirlshewas · December 7, 2015

    Reblogged this on thegirlshewas.

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    • Chrissy · December 7, 2015

      Thank you my beautiful friend for sharing xx


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