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The Quiet Spirit

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 11-11-1999 11:08 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

I wrote this poem for my children regarding my Parkinsons disease

THE QUIET SPIRIT

Who is this quiet spirit who has come into my world
Creeping slowly towards me as his mysterious traits unfurl
Discourtiously intruding without asking to come in
With no consideration for the person who's within

He walks in silent footsteps both steadfast and precise
And slyly interrupts the daily rhythm of my life
He deliberately alters my step, my gait, my hand
And manifests himself in ways that I can't understand

But the ruinous disease failed to realize from the start
That he may control my movements, but he can't control my heart
And that,my friends, is why I have come to realize
That his destructive nature will not be my demise

In fact I think I'll thank him for the favors he has shown
He forced me to consider certain failures of my own
He made me realize my life was full of useless stress
And revealed to me the treasures with which I'm truly blessed

He opened up my eyes so that I could look inside
The window of my soul and see convictions that I hide
My heart feels strangely more content in very special ways
It seems I savor every moment of every single day

I've discovered things about myself that never came to light
Expressing thoughts for me had been a constant losing fight
So timid and misunderstood, I always felt apart
And now I feel the urgency to open up my heart

Rarely a letter did I write, seldom a note I sent
So difficult it was for me to say just what I meant
But suddenly poetry came flowing from my pen
And thus this verse to tell the world how truly blessed I am

Elizabeth Santos
Copyright 1999
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© Copyright 1999 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
hoot_owl_rn
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1 posted 11-11-1999 11:21 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Elizabeth,
Again a wonderful poem and an excellent portrayal of what a debilatating disease like parkinsons can do to ones self image and also the stress it can create on a family. You've displayed it acurately and the mental pictures you've painted quite true. I'm so glad you have braved the problems associated with parkinsons to bless us with your writing.
Good Bless
Ruth

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Alis volat propriis
(She flies with her own wings)
LngJhnAg
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2 posted 11-11-1999 12:42 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Ms. Santos - what a wonderful lesson for us all - The symptoms may be there, but how they affect our spirit is still up to us - in your case, what a terrific spirit it is.
Munda
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3 posted 11-11-1999 01:40 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

This brought a tear to my eyes. Thank you.
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4 posted 11-11-1999 01:54 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Lovely poem, lovely spirit!
Kenneth Ray Taylor
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5 posted 11-11-1999 01:56 PM       View Profile for Kenneth Ray Taylor   Email Kenneth Ray Taylor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kenneth Ray Taylor

Well written. I know that I don't handle my own lesser difficulties with such calm wisdom and healthy spirit.
Elizabeth Santos
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6 posted 11-11-1999 05:50 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

To All: I know this sounds like a solumn poem but in reality, I'm having a blast! Poetry is great for the spirit. I've never been more content. Thanks for the comments
Elizabeth
Denise
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7 posted 11-11-1999 09:09 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Welcome to Passions, Elizabeth. What a fantastic piece you have written. And what a wonderful person who wrote it! Thanks for sharing this. This is a survivor's testimony!
I absolutely love it and your spirit!

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Denise

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8 posted 11-11-1999 09:33 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

A touching look at how the wisdom of words can make a heart soar. You've touched many, Elizabeth. To not only find hope, but to share it with others through your poetry is ... very special.

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