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Who I Really Am (For Karla's Challenge!)
by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado

Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Another poem about me. Thanks for the challenge, Karla! :D

My meter is something to be desired; I am still learning, so bear with me.

I am four foot ten inches tall,
I am a little butterball.

Roly poly, brown eyes and hair,
Limp when I walk, glasses too, I wear.

Love country music, love Loretta Lynn,
Love to read books, fat books and thin.

Draw, write, now am writing a book;
This is my life; come and take a look!

Saved, saved by Love of Jesus Christ,
Once lived in darkness, have now found Light.

Compassionate, caring, full of fun,
I am a blessing, friend to everyone.

Can get angry, but I am mostly glad,
Glad to be living, I hate to be sad.

Youngest of five, and am a twin,
Sis has been there, through thick and thin.

Live in Texas, called the Lone Star State,
People I love, weather I hate!

Too hot in summer, too many storms,
Bugs, the bugs come in giant swarms.

Not cold enough, not much snow here,
A winter weather fan's worst fear!

If I could leave, believe me I would~
Give me Ohio, my snow, my woods!

Work at Golden Corral, work for little pay,
But it's a job; I will find a way.

A way to pay bills, make ends meet,
Many obstacles, but ones I'll beat!

Disabled, but a person FIRST,
My life is blessed, I am NOT cursed!


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Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 3/14/2012
Nice and uplifting indeed. Points well stated.
Reviewed by Katharine Sparrow 7/18/2011
What an inspiring and uplifting poem! This piece is jaunty and humorous with lots of attitude! (in a GOOD way!) Love it.
Reviewed by Richard Orey 12/11/2008
My dear Karen Lynn,
Let me say this straight-out without reservation: You are one of my absolute favorite writers in AuthorsDen. No doubt about it!

You see, once I got over reading Dr. Seuss to my kids--my baby is 46 years old, now, and she finally said, "Enough already, Dad"--I had only one place to turn: Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado. And I'm sorry, Dr. S, but I don't miss you at all.

With love, admiration and a truckload of respect,
Richard
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 2/14/2008
Oh, Karen! This is so wonderful! You are lovely and a blessing to so many who read your work!
Reviewed by Tina Clark 8/22/2005
Karen, well said, so very well said! The words of a beautiful person and wonderful person. You are very Blessed my friend, never forget it! The line about Texas brought a smile to my face. LOL

"Live in Texas, called the Lone Star State,
People I love, weather I hate!

Too hot in summer, too many storms,
Bugs, the bugs come in giant swarms.

Not cold enough, not much snow here,
A winter weather fan's worst fear"!
As a neighbor here in Oklahoma, I hear ya gf. Love those mountains and lakes too!Give me a huge stand of pine trees, mountains and a soft breeze with my favorite country music and I guess that is about the closest to heaven I will get untill my Lord returns!

Hugs
Tina
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/26/2005
A lovely person who sounds like they mean a whole deal to a whole load of people - and who understands their worth, which makes you worth your weight in gold!! OF COURSE you are a person before whatever disability you may have - and, believe me, we all have them, whether they be of body, mind or spirit. You are salt and light and jewel in the Lord's crown and I wish that we all could wear our colours as nobly! Fantastic write and personality sketch of a tremendous writer, as well! TY and bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 2/26/2005
OMG sister Karen, for sure. Even though I thought that the Lord was angry at me for some reason, I soon learned that wasn't the case. None of us are cursed. We are the blessed children of God, and through His Son Jesus, we will come to enjoy everlasting life. But for now tho, we have to struggle, it is part of being human. This poem really sent me backwards to when I was a child. Many things spoken here are very true. thnx for sharing karen, and as always, May the Lord be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love, peace, & (((HUGS))), your very dear friend in Wisconsin and sister in Christ our Lord,

Barbara Lynn Terry
"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 2/25/2005
This is wonderful!!!! Your light shines through!!!! Good to see ya again....love and hugs from the kids too! :)
Reviewed by Cheryl Kaye Tardif 8/27/2004
I loved this poem!!! It is a great insight to the wonderful person you are.

I am blessed to know you in even the smallest way!
Thank you!
Cher
Reviewed by Karen Chalfant (Reader) 7/19/2004
Wonderful poem. Well written. Keep up the good work....

Karen
Reviewed by Reginald Birch (Reader) 6/30/2004
Hello Karen, thanks for this, with your wonderful poem I now know you a lot better. It's good you look on the brighter side of life.
Your friend,
Reggie.
Reviewed by Muhammad Ali Panhwar 6/28/2004
~~Believe me! I took a deep sigh after reading these words. Nice Work.~~
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 6/28/2004
You are a beautiful person Karen, I knew that before, and I know it now, even more, Ty for sharing who you are with us all.

Maybe I should take a leaf from your book eh.

Love n hugs to you
Your Mate in OZ Ch'erie xxxx
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/27/2004
Nice write Karla! We all know you better now.

May Lu a.k.a. Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Hooves Of Fire 6/23/2004
This is great - nice to get to know you and also this is a very nice poem. I like your optimism and positive outlook.
Thank moo for visiting me. I'm not sure of the correct etiquette on here, but I wanted to thank moo and also read you and so I did. Did you know the Texas State Quarter is due out any day?
It's pretty with a lone star but then the last quarter due out this year is Wisconsin and it has a COW on it. Hubba Hubba.
Great writing.
Hooves
Reviewed by Joel Raja Kumar J 6/21/2004
Forgot to mention a lot here about you, Karen, You are a sweet heart, a compassionate soul, ever loving, ever caring, always tender, Oh girl there is so much, I can say about you:) :)which you haven't said.

Love from India - Joel -
Reviewed by Sandy Henry 6/20/2004
Karen--

I love this! And I find you to be a talented, funny and blessed woman. Thanks for sharing--this is great! sandy
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 6/16/2004
This poem is a blessing to all of us thank you for sharing it.
You sound real nicce inside and out.
Best wishes
from
kay
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 6/15/2004
Dear Karen,

What a beautiful peom, this is so very touching Karen.
You have introduced yourself in such a wonderful way. I see a true heart of gold beating.

Thanks for sharing this.

Hugs and love your friend in South Africa
Elga
Reviewed by autumn blair-strange 6/14/2004
bless you dear,for sharing a bit of'you'twill make it a point to read more...(i'm still very new to AD..)thanx...hugs,Autumn p.s.to heck with meter when you have such a courageous spirit
Reviewed by Marco Landi 6/14/2004
Blessed are those that recognaze it my friend....
great work from a talanted twins.....Marco
Reviewed by Connie Washburn (Reader) 6/14/2004
Hi there - was checking out your site in search of the pictures you mentioned in your last email when I found this lovely gem. So much fun to read! Love you lots and thanks for all your kind words and comments about my poems too!
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 6/11/2004
nice write. seems you're happy with yourself which is what counts :)
Reviewed by Abe Rossi (Reader) 6/9/2004
it is nice to live...where you can see the seasons change...and have a real snowball fight...thanx for sharing something about yourself...Peace Abel
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 6/6/2004
Hey, I liked it! LOL. Brought a smile to my face.

Nordette
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/6/2004
Sized yourself up beautifly, Karen!
Reviewed by * ashura 6/5/2004
Home is wherever you are. But I understand the craving for a landscape that feels right. I dream about an island. Hope you find your cool woods again.

michael
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 6/4/2004
Bravo this was exceptionally done:)
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 6/4/2004
Great! A biographical poem :)! Well done.
:)Sandy
Reviewed by Patricia Gomes 6/2/2004
Can you hear the strength in your voice, the tone of your words? Well, I can!

Sending you heaps of admiration.
Reviewed by Joe McCarthy 5/31/2004
I know who you are. You're the Texas Tornado.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/27/2004
a beautiful lady's out look
know what you mean about hot summers and bugs
i still like my winters, a buffer zone for bugs

William
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com 5/25/2004
Now THAT's the Karla I've come to know and appreciate.

blessin's and luv2U
cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Susan Collins (Reader) 5/25/2004
Beautifully written poem. How courageous to write about your life and give us all a glimpse into your world.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 5/24/2004
Once you play in Ohio you always go back.............I suspect I'll be in the States within a few years. Wonderful write :-) Now to check out the challenge.
Reviewed by Mr Paton (Reader) 5/22/2004
Again , a very courageous and brave face on the world , by a truly gifted artist .
Reviewed by Katryn Dougherty 5/22/2004
meter a little off or not I liked it :)
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 5/22/2004
If I hadn't visited your site I would have missed this beautiful well written, well expressed and well crafted poem. Thanks for sharing. My respect and love are with you.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 5/19/2004
You have graced my heart and soul with your writes and I cannot thank you enough. Beautifully done, Karen
Amor
Reviewed by andrea coltman 5/18/2004
You definitely are a person first...great poem from a great person...best wishes Andrea
Reviewed by Franz Kessler 5/17/2004
Lovely icebreaker & introduction - Karen, perhaps you should leave Dallas, and move to West Texas - dry weather, wild mountains, cool nights, and lots of empty space. Love, Franz
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 5/17/2004
Hello Karen, great write very well poetically done. You do not have a problem with rhyming. This was fantastic. l&p G
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 5/17/2004
Well done Karen, though I never realised you were such a little person LOL
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/17/2004
Good to make this formal acquaintance, enjoyed your descriptive words.
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 5/17/2004
The rhymes, the intricate details of you, the person, the canvas is brilliantly wrote. Karen, from one canvas and Texan to another, I see gold, that's your heart.
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 5/17/2004
Poet, You may be small in stature, but You stand very tall with Your writes. Well-done Poet. Keep The Faith.
Reviewed by Michelle Smolen 5/16/2004
Howdy from another southern belle! I like the clean, precise wording!
looking forward to reading more...
Michelle Smolen
Reviewed by Stephanie Sawyer 5/16/2004
You make me smile!
I like the simplicity and the passion therein.
Stephanie Sawyer - a true Texan - who loves it!
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 5/16/2004
Hi Karen:

What a great introduction of yourself. We all know you better now.

~ Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu ~
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/15/2004
Great self-expression and sharing. Thank you for this offering, Karen. Ton ami avec amour et paix, Régis.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 5/15/2004
Happy to know more about u my dear friend...love n luck...BHUWAN
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 5/15/2004
Karen,
It is nice to finally get to know
you a bit better. I think I will
take Karla up on her challenge!
See ya soon!
Love,
Becca
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 5/14/2004
Karen, your life is blessed by we who love you at AD, and by God in Heaven, Who will make things right in the end; when we reach Paradise. I know how life can be a struggle. When I was a fall down
drunk, I had terrible jobs. Washed and bussed a million dishes. Only when I sobered up did I find a measure of freedom and keep out of jail. You are a winner in life Karen. You have overcome so many obstacles and continue to do so. AND YOU WILL OVERCOME MANY MORE.
GOD LOVES YOU. LET HIM GUIDE YOUR HAND AND FILL YOUR HEART ALWAYS.
I love you to Karen, like a Sister I never had. Hugs always.
p.s. Tears fall and they are not crocodile tears, but tears of comfort and peace for you dear Lady. xoxox Bill
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 5/13/2004
Excellent!!!
what I am is what I am!!!
intelligent creative sincere
enjoyed you here
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 5/12/2004
This was great! Loved the form and rhyming.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 5/12/2004
Thanks for letting us see a part of your life Karen..
great bio...very interesting...loved the ending..floria
Reviewed by Andrea Da Costa (Reader) 5/12/2004
Wonderful Karen....I think it's really hard to try to describe yourself! Loved the last two lines....fantastic ending.

Andrea
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 5/12/2004
Karen,

What an exceptional write - beautiful!


Robert
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 5/12/2004
A beautiful look at a lovely lady.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/12/2004
Karen, this is a wonderful self portrait, and a wonderful poem, too!
And you sound like a truly loving individual (except for not loving my little bug buddies!)

Thanks for sharing this with us, and a great challenge entry.
Reviewed by P. Michaels 5/12/2004
Karen, it's good to try new things. This poem lets me into your world a little. Thank you for sharing a little bit of youself. Yes, Ohio is nice. The weather up here is very exciting. Every day it is different. Hope you will keep on writing poetry and let me know how you are doing with your book.

Love and hugs,
Patty
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 5/12/2004
Good to know you, Karen...Nice writing on self...Nice take on the challenge...

Debs
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/12/2004
Hi Karen...you a shorty like me....hehehehe..that can be a ppppain in the butttt....if you need "someting" that's to 'High" < < <Wink>>>

Nice to know you a little better Girly!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sarah Tagert 5/11/2004
Loved reading this. It's so great
Might have to think about meeting this challange myself..in my spare time...lol
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/11/2004
This was wonderful Karen, Lovely! Thank you for the peek!

Reindeer
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/11/2004
Wonderful self-portrait Karen! I'm glad to know you better!
I think you write wonderful poems, and should do more;-)!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/11/2004
Seems you are just who I thought you were as is your sister, thats all we can ask for....Peace, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 5/11/2004
Thanks for the intimate introduction!
You twins are something else!!!
Reviewed by A PAX 5/11/2004
this is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lovely meeting you miss karen!!!!

i smiled the whole way thru this!!!
pax.........A
Reviewed by Ali Khaghani (Reader) 5/11/2004
again sweety U are a pleasure to read~hugs~ and please don't sweat the bs and technicalities ever over the heart U always put into ink~hugs~
Reviewed by Lori Moore 5/11/2004
Wonderful. It's so nice to know you. I love the TX lines... lol.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 5/11/2004
Happy to know more about you
Lurve ya!
Ron
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/11/2004
((((((Karen)))))))
This is excellent...
God Bless
Michelle~
Reviewed by E. Richardson 5/11/2004
ahhhh....so that is what Lady Redbird really is, eh...cool! Good luck on the book kiddo...let me know if I can be of help.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 5/11/2004
All my ex's live in Texas, and i can two step:)
Howdy parna, you and you sis' must be mighty proud of this one, ye ha.
so you're a lille cutey babe. (ker ping, spits in to spitoon, smiles with black teeth, wearing a cow boys hat and scarf)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/11/2004
(((karen)))

excellent response to the challenge! well done *BRAVA!* into my library this one goes

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
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