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Security Checkpoint

You had to pass through security
and insisted you could stand 
on your own two feet
and progress of your own volition.

Though your wheelchair
and diagnosed dementia
evidence to the contrary,
I figured: Who would it hurt?

The stares of strangers
as I held your hands
and helped you to your feet
informed me that I might be hurt --

Poor dear, so young to have
to care for one so old!

Or, perhaps, hurting you --

How could she put 
him through this?

With the weight of their eyes upon
us, you leaned on me and lurched:
arduous, shuffling, inching on
until you passed through security.

You made it to the other side
with a walk you won't remember,
and I'll not soon forget.

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  1. Date: 12/6/2009 4:50:00 PM
    Just an awesome poem. Excellent. Last verse says more than is there. Thanks for sharing this one, Irene.-Robert

  1. Date: 10/23/2009 4:51:00 AM
    Congratulations, Irene, on your success in Constance’s “A Walk to Remember” contest with this heartfelt poem. Your poetic skills shine. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 10/18/2009 12:32:00 PM
    wonderful! Congratulations! Trudy

  1. Date: 10/18/2009 11:03:00 AM
    Wonderful win in the contest Irene. very movingg story. BG

  1. Date: 10/16/2009 8:37:00 PM
    Congratulations of your win, dear Irene, with this very touching story. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 10/16/2009 5:33:00 PM
    Congratulations on this amazing poem, and wonderful heartfelt expression! ~ Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 10/16/2009 3:09:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Constance's contest Irene. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/16/2009 3:05:00 PM
    Irene, congrats on your third place win! Love Light Truth Patricia

  1. Date: 10/16/2009 2:44:00 PM
    Irene, congrats on your big win in the contest...Raul

  1. Date: 10/11/2009 10:45:00 PM
    Irene, thank you for sharing this heart-wrenching piece. Hugs, Donna