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I Am........ Response to Michael Curry's Challenge
by Linda M Hill

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

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Thank you Michael for taking me back down memory lane. I do wish to tell my readers this is all true ...but it happened many years ago. The joy and the pain of growing up is still fresh in my mind and heart. Thank you all for reading and leaving your kind comments. ((( Huggs))) and Love to all!


I am...

Starting school at six years old
Watching Mama walk away
Staying to myself and crying
Most of the day
Summers playing hop skotch
With siblings and friends
Mama calling us in to supper
At the days end


I am...

Daddy taking out the old freezer
For homemade ice cream
Mama mixing the ingredients
We worked as a team
We took turns cranking
Until our arms were sore
Daddy took over when we couldn't
Do it anymore


I am...

Helping mama can from the
Garden Daddy grew
Sting beans and corn
They made a good stew
Mama had canned tomatoes
Lined up in a row
She worked her fingers to the bone
But never let it show


I am...

One of the happy faces
Circled around our Christmas tree
I took so much for granted then
Some things a child don't see
We never had alot of money
With eight hungry kids to feed
But somehow Mama and Daddy
Managed to give us what we need.


I am...

A teenager washing clothes
In an wringer washing machine
It groaned and it creaked
I sure hated that thing
Being the oldest child
There was so much to do
Mama got a job working nites
To help get us through


I am...

Sitting in church with my
Bible in my hand
Knowing Jesus walks beside me
That he helps me stand
I'd get up Sunday morning
And hear the church bells ring
I'd walk to church on Sunday
Baptised at sixteen


I am...

Falling in love and marrying
At eighteen years of age
Thinking I knew it all
I just hadn't seen his rage
He went to Viet Nam
Leaving me and his newborn son
I found that life can be hard
When all is said and done


I am...

Sound asleep on a cold rainy
October night
Loud knocks on the door
It gave me such a fright
My sis looks at me crying
Saying our Mama is dead
Killed by a hit-run driver
Her words filled me with dread


I am...

Riding in a hearse
Not believing that she's gone
Holding my baby son
Yet feeling so alone
Worrying of my brothers and sisters
What will they have to face
Looking into the heavens
I prayed for saving grace

© Linda Hill 2003









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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/21/2003
You create a collage of images and events to complete a moving portrait of yourself and then you graciously share it. Respectful thanks. Love and peace, Regis.
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 11/21/2003
This is one of the best I Am's I have read. Excellent job. Bless your heart. Beautiful, beautiful work.

Thank You,
Emilie
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/21/2003
you are courage personafied; and this is an AWESOME response to michael curry's challenge! BRAVA! WELL DONE, linda; i LOVED it! (((HUGS))) and much love, your texas friend, karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/21/2003
Linda I loved this little glimpse of you and what fashioned your heart.
Reviewed by Transcendental Poet (Reader) 11/21/2003
GREAT response and addition to the challenge, Linda!
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 11/21/2003
you did a great job Linda, this read and flowed very well. I remember the homemade ice cream, turning the crank like crazy. Being impatient for the goodies to get ready. ml G
Reviewed by jude forese 11/20/2003
life is not fair but certainly challenging...
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 11/20/2003
Why Should It Be a Challenge If You Acceppt It An Do Not Look Back It Will Be Alot Easier For You All To Accept,i.e. (God) Teaches You Strife Before Life Becomes Reality!

As Bad Sad As It Is For Me, I Keep Trying To Make Best Of What I Have Got Left, Never Giving Up On My Dream's, Knowing My Your Rewards Are Not In Of This Physical WORLD,i.e. It Costs $$MONEY$$!

TRASK
Reviewed by Christine Morell 11/20/2003
An most beautiful and moving response to the challenge
~Chrissie
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 11/20/2003
Heart touching write. Wonderful addition to the challenge. Thank you for the sharing.
Reviewed by J. Hart (Reader) 11/20/2003
Linda, as I was reading your poem, "I Am", I felt every emotion and saw every memory in my mind as I was growing up so many years ago. We have all experienced some of what you've written so beautifully about, and the amazing thing is that it continues to make us grow and it gives us the tools to see the positive, beautiful things in our lives. Thank you for this, it is an exceptional poem from an exceptional lady. Warmly, jh
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 11/20/2003
It is very nice to go down memory lane, some say it is even therapeutic. I enjoyed your trip there very much.
Reviewed by Libby Stone (Reader) 11/20/2003
Truly beautiful write Linda.
Blessings,
Libby
Reviewed by Michael Curry 11/20/2003
Wow! Lots of heavy! Bottom line... You are a survivor! What a wonderful way to show us how to be strong. You are an inspiration!
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 11/20/2003
Linda, Very sad and hearfelt write.
The poem DOES show your expressive emotions
of your innerself coming into light
here at the Den. Thank you for sharing a
piece of yourself with us here.
Thank you for my reviews!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/19/2003
Sad but beautifully written Linda!!

Lov eTinka
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 11/19/2003
Linda,

What a beautiful, painful, emotional write, all wrapped into one. This is so wonderfully penned. Thanks for sharing a glimpse into who you are.

Hugs,
Tami
Reviewed by George Carroll 11/19/2003
I can feel your pain and loss. Your poem had all the ingredients of my life as a kid. Keep writing
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/19/2003
Linda, a courageous write and challenge entry. Bravo. Wishing you the best.
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 11/19/2003
A very moving collection of thoughts......your soul is showing and it's beautiful......fine writing.....ty, Dani
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 11/19/2003
Oh Linda...I was thinking what a wonderful bio this is and then I got to the ending...how very sad...sorrow has visited you too...it is very difficult to get through...I know...and it never goes away...I am so sorry for your loss..and this was an exceptional write for the challenge...floria
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 11/19/2003
So sad, young stranger, but great write!!
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