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In Memory of Judy

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suthern
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0 posted 04-13-2000 09:21 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for suthern

Two scared little girls
Crying for their mothers
Were put together
To comfort each other.

First day of first grade
With sorrow to share,
A beautiful friendship
Began in that chair.

We rode the same bus
Lived a few miles apart
And for many years
Enjoyed our linked hearts.

A hot summer’s day
On a horse’s bare back
Bottoms bounced, bare feet dangled
And the reins stayed slack.

Only one destination -
Any available shade!
A whole day to wander…
We had it made!

The spanking that evening
Seemed an unfair decision
But the horse had been borrowed
Without the owner’s permission.

For six years of school,
We shared every class.
People thought we were sisters
And we had a blast.

Our fourth grade teacher
Said we turned her hair gray,
Placed our desks far apart
But that lasted one day.

She learned very quickly
Distance didn’t matter
And talk’s less disruptive
If it’s whispered chatter.

Puberty and ambition
Made our lives rather strange.
Our goals were different;
The friends started to change.

One was still a girl
With dreams of more school.
One dated a soldier
And broke every rule.

At only fifteen,
You became a bride.
I couldn’t bridge the gap
Between us - I tried.

You were a mom in Hawaii
When I graduated.
I headed for college
An idea you’d hated.

I’d see your mother
When in our hometown.
Every failed marriage
Deepened her frown.

But you were finally happy
Or at least, so it seemed.
Entirely too soon
Breast cancer ended the dream.

I wondered then
If you’d lived your life fast
Knowing somehow, some way
That it wouldn’t last.

I hadn’t seen you for years
But news of your death
Shocked the tears from my eyes,
Robbed me of breath.

If things had been different
You’d be forty-five.
With every birthday that passes
I wish you - ALIVE!

To see your granddaughter
Play with her best friend
As they make their own memories
That will have no end.

© Copyright 2000 suthern - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 04-13-2000 09:26 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Tears flowing here Suthern! Oh this is so sad. I often wonder if they live life like that for a reason like you stated.

Big Hugs my friend!
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2 posted 04-13-2000 09:27 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

A beautiful and heartbreaking tribute for your friend Judy.

Big HUSG Suthern - my heart goes out to you
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3 posted 04-13-2000 09:41 AM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

I love this suthern, just love it, you painted your friendship and your grief with such touching strokes that you painted tears in my heart and my eyes...great writing my friend  
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4 posted 04-13-2000 10:06 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

I do remember this gal...and it gets better every reading...
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5 posted 04-13-2000 10:18 AM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

We have to remember that all things happen for a reason...or so i'm told
My prayers are with you

Jeffrey
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6 posted 04-13-2000 10:28 AM       View Profile for pmc   Email pmc   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for pmc

"I wondered then
If you'd lived your life fast
Knowing somehow, some way
That it wouldn't last."

You have captured perfectly what so often seems to true.

A wonderful tribute to your friend.

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7 posted 04-13-2000 10:46 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Thank you all... very much!!  
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8 posted 04-13-2000 09:39 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

May I tell you that this moved me to tears! I've lost 2 friends in the last 2 years to this killer!

Please submit this to a magazine for women... Please...it's too moving and tragic to keep hidden...

Wonderful poem!  
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9 posted 04-13-2000 09:53 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

perfection suthern...pure perfection.
very touching poem...full of your grace.
take care, jm

 Well the sun sets gently on your shoulders
And it makes me want to touch you there.
And the light in your eyes makes me feel
Like there's something much better out there
Something kind...
And I know someday I might be looking around
Trying to find some purpose
Well purpose it can't be that hard to find
As long as I've got the wind...
The wind and your love to carry me.
vertical horizon


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10 posted 04-13-2000 11:05 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very touching poem, Suthern.

Denise
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11 posted 04-13-2000 11:21 PM       View Profile for Aimster   Email Aimster   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aimster

-Suthern

I am not sure what exactly touched me so much in this poem. But here I sit reading and the tears are streaming down my face. Perhaps it is your poetic grace and elegance that captures feelings and puts them into such beautiful words. Or perhaps it was how I could relate to this kind of pain. No matter, I truly enjoyed it. However, I am sorry that you are having to experience this kind of pain. I would wish it upon noone. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care & God Bless.

Love ya,
AMY  

 ~Live today as though it were your last but prepare for tomorrow as though it were here~
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12 posted 04-14-2000 12:16 AM       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

Suthern~
Hon, this is so lovely.
To lose a friend to this
nightmare is such a tragedy.
I hope hugs will offer you some comfort.

I've had the good fortune that two
of my friends have beat this monster -
and I offer thanks to the good Lord
for their lives.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
*HUGS* to you.
~*Marge*~


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13 posted 04-14-2000 09:04 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Your responses have moved ME to tears... *S* Thank you all so very much!!!
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Suthern,
Such a beautiful and loving tribute to Judy .....
This really hit home for me and I too, sit here with tears streaming down ..
My heart goes out to you          Sending great big HUGS
hoot_owl_rn
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15 posted 04-14-2000 11:13 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

Oh....this is so sad  
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16 posted 04-14-2000 11:28 AM       View Profile for Friday   Email Friday   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Friday

This poem gave me the chills, it was so loving and the feelings were so strong. I'm amazed that you're able to put such strong feelings into print like that... I wish I could. Really impressive poetry.

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17 posted 12-19-2001 04:40 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

You realize that I am overcome with the same loss and sorrow, and I feel somehow better (isn't that strange) knowing that there is someone else who feels the intense pain of a loss like this.  All I can say is you lean on me, and I'll lean on you, and through that maybe we will make it out of the pain.  Wonderful heartfelt remebering.

~*~ The Very Best Of The Season To You And Yours ~*~

 
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