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POEM-How Do You Do?
« on: June 15, 2009, 12:56:19 PM »
About his poem the author writes,

My daughter died at the age of twenty, having succumbed to the temptation of drink and drugs.
In the eyes of the world she was an adult, but to me she was still my precious little girl.
During that first year following her death, I wrote almost forty poems, which describe my attempt at coming to terms with her loss through the medium of poetry.

This is one of them:

How Do You Do?
How do you describe an empty heart
Or a mind that will not sleep?
How do you measure the depth of pain
Or the volume of tears that weep?

How do you find new direction
When life's compass has no reference points?
How do you energize listless limbs
With death's arthritic joints?

How do you see the future
Through a lens of opaque glass?
How do you reconcile her name
On a plaque of tarnished brass?

How do you rekindle interest
In a life that was complete?
How you overcome loss and pain
And the desire for social retreat?

How do you explain to those you know
The pretence that you have to project?
How do you smile when expected to
But your facial muscles object?

How do you trust a God you once knew
Or the power of goodness and prayer?
How you put your faith in his hands
When those hands threw the switch of despair?

How do you absorb the colors of Spring
Through eyes that see only black?
How do you control the endless pain
Of wishing she was back?
-- David T. Kerry
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Wishing You All Continuous Comfort & Peace,
John-Danielle Marie’s Daddy
1/4/95-2/20/06 (head trauma-motor vehicle accident)
“Her friendship was an inspiration, her love a blessing”


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Re: POEM-How Do You Do?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2009, 05:22:43 PM »
again, beautiful, thank you for sharing.
Tammy (Jordan's Mom)


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Re: POEM-How Do You Do?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2009, 09:05:18 PM »
John, How thoughtful to post these poems, articles of information...Thank You! I enjoy reading them all.

So nice to see you, too and your beautiful Danielle Marie.