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Author Name: FreeBlueyd553 16 Comments
Date Added: September 14, 2005 23:09:28 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Elizabeth's Joy


You came quickly in the night, waiting for no one
And when my eyes fell upon you
I could hardly believe your beauty
Eyes far to beautiful for a new born
They still draw the gaze of strangers
You grew too fast, and waited patiently for me to catch up
But I never did, I'm still trying desperately to find you
Your pain is too harsh and unrelenting to allow me that courtesy
Meanwhile, I stand frozen unable to console you
Waiting for you to come home
I long desperately to hold you close and stroke your hair
Absorb your pain and restore your peace
I pray, I plead, I scream at the one who created you
Eventually falling into a heap of pain and exhaustion
Yet, still I cannot give up, determined to prevail
The little girl is grown now, her beauty is still apparent
Though many have forsaken her, she remains the joy of my heart
I now wait patiently like a mother does for a prodigal soul
I curse the one that enslaves her
And I sit hoping for the return of my Joy, hoping it comes quickly in the night.

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This poem is about my daughter, her struggle to live through her pain and addiction and my unconditional love for her.

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Comment By: Freemaggie lopez sherry wilbur on October 29, 2010 11:53:37 PM Report
If I did not read your notes I would have thought of you as a very wonderful foster mother who had to watch the child leave after bonding. either way this is a very touching and endearing poem. I really felt and enjoyed it . Always maggie.
Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on September 6, 2010 07:31:09 PM Report
Cindy, this poem is my introduction to your library...and what an incredible piece!  I find myself hoping your Joy has returned and has passed through this difficult phase.  I can relate, although I never had a middle son and I went through a similar trial.  He joined a cult and I cried and prayed for him everynight...finally realizing... hey, this boy/young man is not going to allow anyone to control his mind. He had already fought that war with his father. These are lessons we all must is not a fact a hinderance, at times.  Hold tight the reins of hope...a mother's love is written on every line. Putting words on paper is great therapy, right?  I respect your courage. ♥  Linda
Comment By: FreeAndrew on October 26, 2009 04:19:48 PM Report
such a powerful expression, bringing even greater depth of understanding to me for all you've been through - and are still going through - you know how I feel.
Comment By: FreeSteve on August 13, 2008 01:51:46 PM Report

Cindy, I am glad that I decided to read this particular poem !  I have two adult daughters and have walked a bumpy road with both.  Your poem is so full of love and understanding, the kind that only a parent could feel. 

Comment By: FreeHenry M. on June 4, 2008 04:22:12 PM Report
My God Cindy, how sad and beautiful this is! To see your own child struggle this way and not be able to do anything to take away what is ailing them, has got to be the most helpless feeling in the world! I sincerely hope that with your love, she will be lost no more!  Henry
Comment By: FreeDuane Haley on March 10, 2006 11:26:15 PM Report
wow, I'm holding back the tears right now, thats very touching, so much pain in this world it seems so unfair, I will pray for your daughter as I know you do, please add me to your prayers
Comment By: FreeDamon D. Brewer on December 20, 2005 12:48:51 AM Report
Cindy this is a heartbreaking poem; I like the love that you send out in it. I could really feel it all the way down in my soul; unfortunately, I am not the one that you are trying to reach. Show this to your daughter!! Maybe--just maybe it will do some good there. Letting us read and comment on it might make you feel better, but she is the one that needs to read it and know that you need her back and that she needs to come back off drugs. I hope that reading the poem helps her to come back to the reality of the real world, and if not the poem that something will help her. God Bless you and your daughter.
Comment By: FreeSweetSunshine on October 10, 2005 10:16:59 AM Report
As you know, I can relate to your pain,
and this shows it so clearly. It is always hard when you lose a loved one, but I think when you lose one who is still alive it is perhaps even harder. God bless, I pray your Joy will return to you soon!

warm hugz,
Comment By: FreeTessa on October 2, 2005 08:02:25 PM Report
The tears filled my eyes reading every line. You are such a strong person. Cind
Luv ya
Comment By: FreeMike on October 1, 2005 04:32:26 AM Report
GREAT WRITE. as it is, children grow up. but we are all still children to someone. she has spread her wings and is on her own, it was the nest you created that made her who she is. your words have given her the strength to fly. i too will have this joy/pain with my daughters in the future. again, excellent write here
Comment By: FreeJames Lagoski on September 26, 2005 08:38:31 AM Report
Dear Cindy-
I happenend on to this piece hearing you describe
it on another poem-
We teach our children as a society the
introductions of addictive facets-
We promote the use of alcohol and mood altering
medications across our television screens daily-
All we can do as parents once our children grow
older is let them know we are on their side-
The rest is up to them to want to know life from
its realistic portions of both joy and pain-
I thought you described your feelings well here
and send you a wish of hope for your daughter-
I have been on that fast track many times in my
life and still battle them from time to time-
Best Wishes to You and Yours~
Comment By: AdminRichardM on September 25, 2005 01:04:44 AM Report
A very vivid and powerful write. Your love flows from its edges and gives it so much power. As parents we do everything we can, and the waiting is the hardest part. The nights are long. And the days, fortunately, are filled and cluttered with distraction. But our hearts are so much on them. So much I hope your Joy finds her way back.
Comment By: FreeGay Johnson on September 23, 2005 11:23:19 PM Report
My heart goes out to you and your daughter. May she be able to return to a state of joy once again.
Gentle Dove
Comment By: FreeUmang on September 19, 2005 03:28:51 AM Report
Wow...i could feel my goosebumps fro about 10 minutes after i read this...ever tried showing it to your daughter....sometimes its these things that actually help you kids through...i hope she realises how much you love her...

Comment By: PremiumBruce A. Peaslee on September 16, 2005 04:35:49 PM Report
Cindy - This is profoundly heartwrenching in its impact. I can only imagine the anguish that you've gone (and are going) through. As a parent, it is comforting to know that you are willing to remain constant in your love for your child; She will need that when she comes to the end of herself and reaches out for help. Beatifully written.

Comment By: Freematthew critchley on September 16, 2005 07:09:47 AM Report
your passion and conviction is felt through the power and love in your words.great write
keep on keepin on!


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