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Halloween's brightest ballerina

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Halloween's brightest ballerina

In this world, everyone wishes for something.
Some are frivolous, like wanting a diamond ring.
Others are serious, like wanting to get better when ill.
Not every wish can be granted by God's goodwill.

Things happen in life and we don't know why.
Even when we don't want to, we have to say goodbye.
If I had a special power that I could use for good, 
there is one girl I would give it all up for if I could.

This year I am giving her the best Halloween she ever had.
We will walk around and I'll smile, even though its sad.
She is dressing up like a ballerina or tiny dancer.
I'll be a superhero, but my powers can't take away her cancer. 

If I had superpowers that I could sacrifice for her, 
I'd give them up in a minute, that's for sure.
Even if giving them up, meant that I would be gone,
there is no question, I'd sacrifice myself so she could go on.

So I would use my one wish and use my powers, 
so she can live on and in the spring, smell the flowers.
Only seven years old, but her body it just couldn't handle.
So close the book, ring the bell, light the candle.

Next time you are wishing for that new thing at the store, 
remember that life is what some people are wishing for.
Maybe one day we will all be grateful for what we've got.
We'll see that we have a life, and be thankful for this one shot. 

***By Chris Matt for Linda Marie's contest “Bell, Book and Candle.”***


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  1. Date: 10/24/2011 7:50:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in Linda-Marie's "Bell, Book, and Candle" contest Chris. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/23/2011 7:23:00 PM

    Your poem brought tears Chris. Such a sweet poem and so sad. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/23/2011 6:29:00 PM

    Quite the heart felt, Chris. Worthy poem of all honor. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 10/23/2011 5:49:00 PM

    Congrats Chris on your success in my contest with this dazzling delight luv..

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 10:56:00 AM

    thats reeally good.. and sad..