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The Quiet Spirit ( A Repost) for Pepper

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 12-18-1999 10:49 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, to tell them how I feel about my Parkinsons disease. In some ways it seems more difficult for them than for me, and so I wanted to quiet their concerns.
This is for you, Pepper.

The Quiet Spirit

Who is this quiet spirit who has come into my world
Creeping slowly towards me as his mysterious traits unfurl
Discourteously 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 which 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
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1 posted 12-18-1999 01:28 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Elizabeth..You are a true blessing and an inspiration to us all...I'm quite speechless from the elegant grace with which you face this terrible disease...
Thank you so much for thinking of my mother and myself at this time...this piece made my spirit soar....
Love and Hugs Dear Sweet Liz

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
Shannon


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2 posted 12-18-1999 01:54 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Elizabeth you are truly blessed! You have such a good outlook. Sometimes it takes something like this too see the beauty that we have around us.  I'm sorry to hear that you have this! WOW, it's just that so many could sit down and just be unhappy about what life has handed them, and you have such a big heart to not see it that way!
God Bless you!
Denise
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3 posted 12-18-1999 01:58 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I enjoyed this the first time and now again! Such a beautiful outlook on life! You are blessed!

 Denise


Elizabeth Santos
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4 posted 12-18-1999 01:59 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Pepper,
I must admit that Parkinsons can be challenging to say the least and I have had some troubling times recently, but with an adjustment in the medication, all of that was resolved. If you saw me today, you would not believe it. I'm back to my normal self, doing everything I was doing before. The only think I can't do is run the mile, but I was too old for that anyway. But in the process, what an enlightening experience.
Best wishes to your mother. Know that she and you can always e-mail me. Always glad to hear from you.
Love ya,
Liz
Elizabeth Santos
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5 posted 12-18-1999 02:04 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

WhtDove,
I am truly fortunate in more ways than you could imagine. Thank you for your lovely comments
Liz

Denise,
You don't miss a poem, and I was sure you had read this. Thank you
You're sweet
Liz
Seymour Tabin
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6 posted 12-18-1999 02:07 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
Once again your poem is exquisite.
One day you should string them in a book
And there I will forever look. *L* Sy
Elizabeth Santos
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7 posted 12-18-1999 04:55 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Sy,
Only after yours is on the bookstore shelf
Love ya,
Liz
Michael
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8 posted 12-18-1999 07:30 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

I am glad you reposted this, Elizabeth.  I never caught it the first time.  You are blessed.  I feel the emotion of this piece very deeply.

Michael
Elizabeth Santos
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9 posted 12-18-1999 09:45 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Michael, thank you, sir
This is for Pepper, whose mother has Parkinsons also
Glad you liked it!
Liz
 
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