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Everyone Needs an Uncle Joe

Blog Posted:9/18/2011 7:07:00 AM
Joseph Stokely Rainwater: my uncle, my mentor, my sidekick, my traveling buddy and all around most perfect person I ever knew. Born February 7, 1946. Died November 12, 2010.
Joe was born with Down Syndrome, but let me tell you people, he was just the best and most devoted friend I ever had.

In future postings, I will be sharing poems and stories about Joe's life and some of the amazing things he did and said. Starting is the birth poem:

February 7, 1946

Where's my baby?

Bring my baby!

She knew something was wrong

Who did she think she was

To risk having a child at forty-six?

The new love demanded it though

And she had prayed it would be all right.

But it wasn't.

Those almond eyes, that scar!

The old doctor said put it away

It will never grow.

It will never know you.

It will be a vegetable.

Leave it where it will get the care it needs.

Calmly, she disagreed, IT? the care IT needs?

I will care for him, he is my SON!

I will love him, teach him

And be proud of his accomplishments.

And he grew, and he loved

And accomplished much.

His greatest feat being that

Of bringing a family together

Teaching them how to love

And to be proud of him.

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Date: 9/19/2011 10:37:00 AM
You touched my heart too E.J. Have another creative day filled with blessings my friend. CR
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Date: 9/18/2011 6:23:00 PM
When you can touch with words, you are a poet. This touches. God Bless. Vince
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Date: 9/18/2011 3:03:00 PM
Thank you for sharing this, E.J.-- this is such a beautiful story to share-- I was blessed to have taught a couple of toddlers with Down's syndrome and they totally warm my heart-- I think your uncle was truly a wonderful person who has touched so many lives.
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Date: 9/18/2011 11:54:00 AM
Thank you, EJ. Look forward to the chapters to come. Namaste~N
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Date: 9/18/2011 11:29:00 AM
this was a beautiful start to the story we are all now looking forward to sharing with you, thank you
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Date: 9/18/2011 7:22:00 AM
He sounds lovely E.J I look forward to reading more of your adventures together xx
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My Past Blog Posts

Date Posted: 9/20/2011 8:19:00 PM
Talkin' to Joe
Date Posted: 9/19/2011 5:51:00 AM
Everyone Needs an Uncle Joe
Date Posted: 9/18/2011 7:07:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
2/7/2012 Rescue 911 Balladfamily,imagination,spring
2/5/2012 The Day Uncle Joe Lost His Handicap Narrativeimagination,child,day,
2/4/2012 Uncle Joe's Prayers Free versefaith,life,time,
2/3/2012 In Protest of Science Narrativefamily,inspirational,upli
2/1/2012 Attitude Adjustment Narrativethank you,
1/30/2012 Under the Bridge Free versechildhood,
1/29/2012 Goin' to the Store Free versechildhood,
1/28/2012 Talkin' To Joe Free versechildhood,old,old,
1/26/2012 February 7, 1946 Free verseuplifting,care,care,love,
9/19/2011 Valentine Rhymefamily,love,men,sweet,lov
9/9/2011 Betty Haikuuplifting,
9/9/2011 Lover Haikulove,
9/9/2011 March, 1997 Epitaphdeath,sad,love,
9/9/2011 Feelings Free versehope,philosophy,prejudice
9/9/2011 To My Brother Free versebrother,visionary,world,p
9/9/2011 Spider, a Motorcyle Man Free verselife,romance,
9/9/2011 For Bobby Prose Poetrylife,me,old,me,old,
9/3/2011 Addict Free versedeath,depression,family,s
9/3/2011 Comfort Epitaphbrother,death,prayer,peac
9/3/2011 Della Narrativehope,loss,
9/3/2011 Small World Free verselife,love,
9/2/2011 Neighbor Free verseintrospection,
9/2/2011 The Gift Free versechildhood,
9/2/2011 Joe's Prayers Haikuinspirational,
9/2/2011 Brother Haikuintrospection,
9/2/2011 Rebellion Haikuintrospection,
9/2/2011 Sheila Haikufamily,
9/2/2011 RAH Haikulove,
9/2/2011 For Mother Haikudeath,mother,
9/2/2011 For Sheila Haikudaughter,
9/2/2011 King of the House Haikuanimals,
9/2/2011 Surprise Haikufunny,
9/2/2011 Bond Free verselove,people,

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