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what got you so far? (ode to Mom)

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wordweaver
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0 posted 08-27-99 11:48 AM       View Profile for wordweaver   Email wordweaver   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wordweaver

I've walked what seems like a
million miles or maybe even
two,
but if I had to, I don't
think I could walk half a
mile in your shoes.

I admire you for everything
you do
and all the obstacles you
have made it thru.

All the hills you have
climbed
you've seen so much trouble
it seems like a crime.

Everytime you thought you
were on top
something would happen and to
the bottom you would drop.

Yet thru it all you never
gave in
to the idea that you just
couldn't win.

From the start you had it
hard,
yet you have managed to get
so far.

Even when it all began
it seemed like you were in
sinking sand.

So now you are told you may
not be able to walk on.
That when the doctors are
done
your left leg may be gone.

Immediately my heart fills
with sympathy
and I beg the good lord
"please".

Then something dawns on me
it wasn't your legs that got
you this far...
it wasn't your feet, but
rather your heart.

so in your pain and your
fear I have a question and
the answer is clear.


Was it your legs that took
you to where you are?

Were your legs what got you
thru your worst?
Were they what helped you
survive a divorce?
When you had to raise four
kids,
what took you thru that,
was it your legs that did?

When your new husband had a
heart attack how did your
legs react?
When your husband became
permanently disabled,
was it your legs then that
put food on our table?
When your youngest daughter
was efflicted with scoliosis
what power did your legs
possess?
When you suffered a stroke
and you forgot every word you
had ever spoke,
was it your legs then or your
heart that awoke?
Was it your legs that allowed
you to learn everything all
over again and reintroduced
you to all your friends?
When you went blind what did
your legs do that time?
Which one was it that
restored your sight?
Was the left one or the
right?
When your husband fought with
cancer,
did your legs give you the
strength of a dancer?

so now I ask again, was it
your legs or your heart my
friend?

My prayer to you is don't
give up cause you'll always
have your heart and that's
whats carried you from the
start.



[This message has been edited by wordweaver (edited 08-27-99).]
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Sunshine
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1 posted 08-27-99 11:54 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

This is a lovely ode to your mother.

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Sunshine
Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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2 posted 08-27-99 12:04 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

With a heart that strong, she'll make it through.... great poem!
wordweaver
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since 08-19-99
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3 posted 08-28-99 06:12 AM       View Profile for wordweaver   Email wordweaver   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wordweaver

thanks for the comments, this one was the only way I knew how to address a very touching event.
wordweaver
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4 posted 08-31-99 05:31 AM       View Profile for wordweaver   Email wordweaver   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wordweaver

im putting this back up top to ask anyone who reads this to remember my mom on thursday he 2nd, she goes into surgery to have her right leg removed, so please keep your thoughts and your prayers with her
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5 posted 06-14-2003 12:34 PM       View Profile for Mon Cherie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mon Cherie

I realise that this was written a long time ago. I really hoped eveything had been well for your mom. This is a really lovely poem, and mothers are juz the most admirable persons on earth.

_,,,^.^,,,_
Florence

 
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