A Poem for Criss

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

I am dedicating this poem to an amazing writer here on Booksie, Criss Sole. (Go read her story and you'll know what I mean.) I think it has been overdue for me to write her something to show how much she has helped me and how much she means to all of us she has helped. Oh, and the picture is an exclusive painting depicting her cat, hahaha! I wrote this poem in a couple hours at school, and I hope you all enjoy!

A Poem for Criss

There was once a girl I knew,
Bedridden and broken, she decided to write her life story
And she called it, “The Things I Remembered.”
Because that was what it was all about.
And with heart in hand and pen on paper,
She wrote for the rest of the world to hear her.

So everyday she wrote more and more
And she changed the title to “The Things I Treasured.”
Because that was what it was all about.
And she wrote about school and all the boys,
And all her grades, and all her friends,
And all those times gone by,
Because they were things to treasure.
And she gave her dad the next chapter,
So he could put it up on the fridge,
Because the pain was too much
For her to bear and get up.

The day after her mother made her breakfast
She changed the title to “The Things I Hated.”
Because that was what it was all about.
Those were the days her red hot chili peppers grew.
And she was happy she was feeling better
And she really liked spicy foods too.
And those were the days when she changed her hair a lot
And she really looked more than beautiful.
And those were also the days when she read her story
To her cat, Moo,
Because there was no one else around,
And because her cat was very attentive.

The day she finished the story
Was the day she finally decided
To name the story, “The Things He Shattered.”
Because truly that was what it was all about.
And so she put up her story
For all to see and read
—For someone else to believe in her.
And there were people that criticised it,
And there were people whose lives were changed by it.
And all these people gave her a reason
To make it all the way through each and every season.
And this time she didn’t have to ask her parents
To hang up her story on the fridge,
Because she found a strength,
And a hope, that gives her a smile,
To forget the pain, and hang it up herself.
And she realised what her story was all about
Because all her new friends lifted her up,
To keep on going without a doubt
Because of the beautiful life she had just figured out.


Submitted: December 12, 2013

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Criss Sole

I can't begin to tell you how much this means to me. I want to share this with everyone. It certainly gave me a reason to smile, and I can't tell you how grateful I am that you took the time to write and dedicate something so beautiful to me. As soon as I can I will for sure be adding this to my profile, booksie is just giving me trouble at the moment. Thank you so much Liam. You really gave me a reason to smile.

Thu, December 12th, 2013 6:48am


Thank YOU, Criss! You are someone I constantly pray for and whenever I need something uplifting to think about, I think about how you are, and how things have changed for you. You are really one of the biggest inspirations for me to keep on writing! I hope Booksie fixes itself soon, too. Thank you so very much, again, Criss!
-Much love, Liam :)

Thu, December 12th, 2013 6:21pm


Very sweet poem. I like the final stanza best when the more positive things are reflected upon. I like the cat picture as well.

Thu, December 12th, 2013 11:01am


I'm very glad you enjoyed the cat picture. It is a work of art, the poem more so, though. Thanks a bunch!

Thu, December 12th, 2013 6:18pm

stranger in the corner

a very nice tribute to a wonderful person!

Thu, December 12th, 2013 1:36pm


Thanks a bunch! -Liam

Thu, December 12th, 2013 6:15pm

David S Grayson

This is a beautiful tribute, Liam! I love that you reflected the actual journey she followed (and is still following) through the poem, and you did it amazingly. Thanks for doing this for Criss, I'm sure it means a lot to her. Great job :)

Thu, December 12th, 2013 8:28pm


Thank you so much! If I recall rightly, you were one of the first to do a tribute to her too! I'm very glad you in particular, as good friend also of Criss's, liked this poem! Thank you, again! -Liam

Thu, December 12th, 2013 6:14pm

Lisa Ayers

Such a beautiful piece for a beautiful lady.

Very nice of you to write this. I like that you started at the beginning of her journey to pen down her story.

Job well done!

Fri, December 13th, 2013 5:40pm


Thank you so much for reading! I liked how it started too, that was my whole intention. I think it ended on one of the best notes too. Thanks! -Liam

Fri, December 13th, 2013 11:40am

Emmett Cohl

Thanks for writing this for her, Liam. She definitely deserves every moment of greatness and happiness that turns her way. Good job Liam!

Sat, December 21st, 2013 10:11pm


Thank you for writing for her too! We've both been inspired by such a beautifully spoken person! She means a lot to me for how she has inspired me! Thanks for reading! -Liam

Sat, December 21st, 2013 7:10pm


This is very uplifting! Criss definitely deserves this. It's very wonderfully told, and it provides not only a meaning of her life, but something we all could find the strength in us to do. Nice job as always! :)

Fri, February 28th, 2014 9:13pm


Thank you, Criss means a lot to me as a friend and an inspiration! We all can find a strength to learn from her! Thank you for your kind comment!

Fri, February 28th, 2014 1:25pm


This is such a beautiful tribute .... a wonderful poem. I love how you took us thru the changes in her story .... as she wrote her story. It's a very special piece. Love it!

Sat, August 22nd, 2020 4:17am


A beautiful dedication to a wonderfuly beautiful woman.

Wed, September 9th, 2020 3:45am

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