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Hidden Beauty

Her smile was lopsided, crooked
And her eyes had lost their shine
In a wheelchair bound and broken
Sat this mother dear of mine

Once the one that they called “Sunshine”
Now was bowed with grief and care
Garbled speech and eyes unfocused
Made the people stop and stare

Yet in this woman there was hidden
Beauty of the rarest kind
Love for God and for her family
Love for words all graced her mind

She was brave and she was noble
Took the falls and burns and smiled
Knowing that her child, a daughter
Lived with fear so justified

People did not see the beauty
Hidden in her crumpled form
All that they could show was pity
Perhaps that is just the norm

But in her dear withered body
MS had so brutalized
Was a mother’s lasting beauty
That her daughter eulogized

Once a flower brightly blooming
In the garden of my home
She remains my flower ever
In the memories were I roam

Eileen Manassian

I grew up knowing my mother was ill and that she would eventually die due to MS. I lost my Mama on March 19, 2000. I still miss her...Her name? Angel. That was my Mama's name. When she was younger, they used to call her Sunshine because of her dazzling smile....

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  1. Date: 1/25/2015 4:44:00 AM

    Your poem brought tears to my eyes for it brought to mind when as a child witnessed the death of my father and my mother! Only when have been through terrible situations as you so brilliantly you have described with your verses then and only then one comes close to realize the pain and agony you have been through! Love, however, having no body of its own its not affected my any MS and shines through the heart and mind of the sufferer. A seven with all my heart dear, Eileen! God rest her soul!
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 1:22:00 AM

    Eileen ,When one is blessed with such hidden beauty like your mum's...That kind of beauty is the beauty of the soul.The beauty of the skin will age,we might be like a flower that withers,dies..But that beauty of the soul is forever living in others ..and I can still feel the beauty of your mum's soul, in your loving heart. Eileen that hidden beauty of faith and love of hers towards others is now revealed in you..Like the tree the fruit...I favour this cause its beautiful and cuz it honours your mother x
  1. Date: 1/24/2015 7:46:00 PM

    Very touching!
  1. Date: 1/24/2015 6:31:00 PM

    This is just to lovely and sweet, when we see the inside, we see true beauty, its not so much hidden as people today often seem to be blind. Hugs
  1. Date: 1/24/2015 4:45:00 PM

    a beautiful tribute to your mother, eileen. she would have loved this and so do i!
  1. Date: 1/24/2015 4:19:00 PM

    Eileen this is an outstanding tribute to the mum you so adored - am making it a fave and a 7 of course - good luck in the contest
  1. Date: 1/24/2015 3:12:00 PM

    'Angel'...Perfect name for this wonderful, anointed lady you were blessed by God to call your mother...I say that because of course, she is truly a dazzling, immortal Angel now and because of this beautiful and elegant tribute, her beauty is no longer hidden...Thank you dear lady - Tim