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Joyce Johnson
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Not the Same

I've never mentioned it to her, don't know
if anybody has, the fact
she's never looked the same.
I don't know how old I was when Mama
took sick with strange disease
and even stranger name.

"Arasyplis" was what I thought they said.
I couldn't find it under "A"
in the big doctor book.
Perhaps I had the spelling wrong.
Maybe it started with the letter"E".
I took another look.

"Erysipelas", a dangerous skin disease.
I almost closed the book, not sure
I wanted to read more,
afraid it would say Mama would die.
"Caused by Streptococcus bacterium."
I quickly shut the door.

"Inflammation and swelling of the skin".
I'd be in trouble if they found me there,
not wanting me to know.
"Sometimes spreads rapidly, ending in death."
My mama was going to die and I
wondered where we would go.

Could Papa take care of us without Mama?
My sister and my baby brother were
still so small.
I wished that I had never learned to read
and didn't know how sick my mama was,
of this disease at all.

Mama's face swelled beyond recognition.
Every night I prayed she'd live but
didn't tell them what I'd read.
Our little town had no hospital then.
The doctor came bringing a nurse, who stayed
to tend her in her bed.

My mama did get better and
the swelling went away;
but Mama hasn't looked the same,
not to this very day.

By: Joyce 07/29/06
© Copyright 2006 Joyce I Johnson - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 07-29-2006 12:42 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

Joyce~
This was kinda sad~

Someone, much wiser than me, once said that 'A little knowledge is a dangerous thing'~
Guess that's why we encourage children to tell us things ... so we can help them to work through their doubts and fears~

*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

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2 posted 07-30-2006 03:17 PM       View Profile for Trillium   Email Trillium   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trillium

Dear Joyce:  This made me feel very sad for you.  What a hard thing for you to have to learn all by yourself! Also to carry that knowledge around with you and the fear of losing your mother. You certainly conveyes your feelings very well, with this poem.

Love
Betty Lou

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Mother Teresa once described pain and suffering as, "the kiss of Christ".I doubt that little girls would agree at such times as you describe.I'm glad your mother survived this crisis dear Joyce.

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4 posted 07-31-2006 08:36 PM       View Profile for Lighthousebob   Email Lighthousebob   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Lighthousebob's Home Page   View IP for Lighthousebob

Joyce,

Reading Medical Books at such a young age where we??? ... No wonder you have such a wonderful and vast vocabulary. Big Smiles.

Sorry about your Motherís condition as was expressed in your poem, but

I really liked how you placed the quotations from your readings of the Medical Book within the text of your poem. This technique really caused tension and brought the poem to life. I could just imagine you as a very young child secretly reading that great big book and keeping the information form your younger brother and sister.

God bless you my friend.

-Bob

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I still recall the fear I felt and there was absolutely no one I could talk to.  I felt guilty for having snooped and knew that evreyone was conspiring to keep the truth from me, out of love.  We were such protected children.  My youngest, elder brother was over four years older and in the privileged older group.  Love, Joyce
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Dear Joyce

Such an awful experience that you had to go through!  My heart was pounding as I read this sad poem of yours!  It brought back sad memories of my own mother who was a very ill person for many years and then a brain tumour took her in 1971 when I was 16 years old.

Love Verbena xo

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7 posted 08-19-2006 10:44 AM       View Profile for Joyce Johnson   Email Joyce Johnson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Joyce Johnson

Oh I am so sorry about your Mom.  Mine lived  and had many healthy years.  But always looked diferent to me.  Love, Joyce
 
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