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A broken smile

A hopeless heart

Every good thought a struggle

Shattered inside

Perfect on the outside

No one knowing

No one caring

A small smile

A glimmer of hope

One happy thought at a time

Healing inside

Breaking down outside

Do they know?

Do they care?

A genuine smile

Hope for the world

Happy thoughts to go around

Scarred but healed

No more facades

They know

They care

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Winter At Valley Forge

We sit ‘round the fire,

Our frozen hands,

Begging for warmth.

Frostbitten toes,

Icicle nose,

Our empty bellies,

With that sharp pang of hunger.

Men are eating trees,

Just wanting their fill,

Not really tasting,

That hard, crunchy bark.

No one has shoes,

Blood covers the snow,

Soldiers laying frozen,

On the unforgiving ground.

Dead bodies are thrown

Every which way,

“No time for burying,

we must be on our way”

the general says,

not caring one bit.

Typhoid and smallpox,

Are going around,

And everyone stares,

At the sick, dying men.

Daily we are told,

“No money for supplies,

Be a man and get up,

Fight for our freedom,

Our liberty and rights.”

And one day we’re told,

We will finally be trained,

Like the army we are,

Not just poor colony men.

Day by day,

We’re drilled harder and harder,

“We can finally beat those Tories!

Another battle can be won!”

Washington says, a smile on his face.

When springtime comes,

We’re a mean fighting machine,

And I have survived,

the Winter at Valley Forge.

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Have You Ever Lost A Child? In Loving Memory of Adelyn Rae Lynton

Have you ever lost child?
One with perfect toes,
Angelic features?
Have you ever experienced the guilt,
Thinking it was your fault?
But knowing it was not?

Have you ever lost a child?
Have you seen her all hooked up,
Inside a glass cage,
With tubes and such protruding?

Have you ever lost a child?
One that deserved to live?
Why did she go?
What did she do to deserve this?

Have you ever lost a child?
Has she only been a few days old,
With no understanding
of the world around her?

Have you ever lost a child?
Have you ever seen your daughter die?
Have you seen her turn blue,
With all the problems inside her?
Have you ever lost a child?
One that was struggling inside,
But looked so peaceful on the outside?
Have you ever lost a child?
And been through all that pain,
The grieving, the numbness, the denial?
Have you ever lost a child?
Have you ever stopped and considered,
That though she is away from you,
She’s in a better place?

Away from the tubes and needles,
Safe in the arms of God?

 

STORY BEHIND THE POEM:

In 2009, my second-cousin was born. She was premature, and only lived 5 days. Our family was heartbroken, watching this little girl who’d never breathed fresh air, dying. A picture of her is below.

Adelyn Rae Lynton