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Monday, October 14, 2013

Courage


Extending the dance, 
When you’ve long lost your groove
Swimming to shore too frail to move.

Stepping towards light, when darkness abounds
Permitting a laugh amid no other sounds.

Confronting a beast no one should endure
It strikes with no warning, no reprieve and no cure.
 
Snuggling with hope, when the pain you can’t bare
Unveiling your heart in the face of despair.

Conveying a smile, when you’d much rather cry
Speaking the truth though it’s safer to lie.

Taking a stance, when integrity’s lost
Forcing what’s right in spite of the cost.
 

Holding to faith in your value and worth
Maintaining a grace that softens the earth.
 

Passing with ease
As you air your last breath

A hero whose soul
Transcends life
and death.

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Thank you to those who shared stories of courage. Please send healing thoughts and, if you're so inclined, prayers to:

 -Our dear blog friend, Mike Swift's twin sister, Michele/Shelly, who is beginning a very grueling, lengthy battle against breast cancer. Mike and Shelly lost their precious mother only three months ago. We're here for you both.

 -Elaine, Debra's good friend, who is going through radiation.

 -Lara, whose cancer spread from her breasts to her brain. Lara is a friend of Carol. Carol is a twice-survivor of breast cancer and a close friend of mine. Carol and Lara met through their efforts for the American Cancer Society. 

   Our love, faith, and support to all of you!
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On a more cheery note, the Giveaway winner is...Cindy, nominated by Ruth! "A former classmate of my husband (Cindy) had it twice. She is a teacher and had to drive up to Des Moines every day for chemo for 7 weeks. She is one of the sweetest people I know." She's doing great now!

Debra, JoJo, and Susan, I'll be sending copies of my poetry book to your heroic friends too. We'll chat (i.e., email) off-line. Smiles.

Congratulations, Cindy and Ruth!
A safe, peaceful week to all! 
Keep faith, a smile, and a stash of chocolate.

44 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful poem Robyn especially since I just happened to be listening to some beautiful backing music at the time while reading it, amazing.

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  2. Very poignant poem Robyn - here's to beating cancer...

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  3. I loved the poem, and thank you so much for the prayer request for my sister. This was touching today. :)

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  4. Simply beautiful. The only thing I can say to that is a firm 'amen.'

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  5. That is a lovely poem.
    Cindy will appreciate the book and chocolates.
    I didn't see the email about how she was doing til this morning. She is doing good.
    Thanks!
    I feel for anyone that has to go through cancer.

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  6. Thank you, Robyn! Blessings to you and all the women battling breast cancer.

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  7. Your poem defines courage wonderfully and also suggests why we need more of it.

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  8. Beautiful poem! Blessings to anyone battling any form of cancer.

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  9. Wonderful verse and the words sure ring true

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  10. Thank you, Robyn, for encouragement
    One never knows who may need it

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  11. Very beautiful poem! My thoughts are will all those who are battling cancer.

    Congrats to the winner too :)

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  12. Great poem, Robyn. You continue to amaze me with your intelligence and poetic greatness!

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  13. I love how poetry can sing with words. Thanks for sharing your sweet voice.

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  14. A very beautiful poem. I'll be keeping them in my thoughts and prayers....

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  15. Ahh, very touching words. I hate cancer, I hate cancer, I HATE cancer!!!! I'll keep them and all who are battling this horrid disease, in my prayers.

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  16. Ah life can be cruel. You summed it up very eloquently - such beautiful phrases.
    Wonderful work Robyn - and sorry to those who are going through pain right now. We all must face tribulations at some point - whether ourselves, or family - but its never nice nor easy. As long as support is there, it makes it (slightly) easier.

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  17. Nope, nothing funny here. My mother-in-law died of breast cancer, my mom died of lung cancer, and my stepfather died of testicular cancer.
    Damn cancer.
    Very beautiful, Robyn.

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  18. This is such a lovely poem Robyn. I'm sending lots of positive thoughts to those who are battling cancer.

    Julie

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  19. I'm saying a prayer for all of them.

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  20. The poem is beautiful and the sentiments are fabulous.

    Cancer CAN be beat!

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  21. That poem is beautiful, Robyn. Really...beautiful.

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  22. Your poem certainly is the embodiment of courage! Hope your friend beats the cancer. That's a scary thing to go through!

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  23. A very touching poem. I'm so sorry for all the tragic news under it. My sympathy and support to all who suffer.

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  24. Dear Robyn,

    The words, moving and profound. The cause stirred by tragedy and by hope, echoed in the thoughts within your prose.

    My thoughts to all who are challenging such hell and the hope beyond the hell.

    Gary
    x

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  25. Oh, Robin. You are such an amazing poet.
    :)

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  26. This is such a beautiful poem!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  27. Love, love, love this. Beautifully written. Well done, my friend.

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  28. A moving and thought provoking poem Robyn. Really good...

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  29. Very beautiful poem. You have an amazing gift to create such lyrical verse and word pictures. My prayers to all of those amazing ladies and their families.

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