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what can i do

what can i do
by mary

i know that i have problems talking
and being understood
still i have some language
even if others dont think its too good

but i have this friend i see each day
who can not speak a word
he uses not a bit of sign
i worry he's not heard

i ponder long and deep and hard
to know what i should do
he has the very same feelings
just as strong and just as true

day after day i see him there
just passing his time away
i know he's thinking something
i'm not sure what to do or say

i worry he'll fall through a crack
and no one will ever see
he has to feel so alone
hes the same as you or me

'he thinks! he feels!' i want to yell
but how do i get through
i want the world to notice him
i never want him blue

hes kind and sweet and a gentle man
he helps. he shares. he smiles.
its not fair that he cant talk
its not fair his lonely trials

i dont think i could be so strong
as i see him every day
i just wish i could do something
to brighten up his way.

Posted by group mascot on February 27, 2005 at 09:24 AM in mary's writings | Permalink


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mary asked several times to compose this poem. she has a burden she carries for those around her she feels fall through a crack.

of all the gifted staff at the program, mary is most gifted i've seen, tho no staff at all.

thx mary for putting us all in check, and reminding us to care. you lead by example darlin. i'm so so proud of you, queen of hearts!

Posted by: the mascot | Feb 28, 2005 7:45:00 PM

Mary, he sure is fortunate to have a friend like you. I can tell it's breaking your heart not to be able to do more for him, but with your compassion & concern, you must be making a difference in his life...Sometimes doing the best we can doesn't seem like it's enough, but
when it's all we know to do, then it's everything....people can feel when they're loved & it helps them, even if they can't say it.

Posted by: elizabeth | Mar 1, 2005 12:24:23 AM

I think ... Your expression is a day-brighten(er), Mary :). It is phenomenal. Bless you.

Too, I wanted to comment on something I also read by "Mascot," and yet I can't find it here (now). It was prose and what I most recall, and it a good way of like "haunting" was that you "hear." I wish the entry had not been removed (I think it was); it has stayed with me for a few days. I was at a loss for expression when I first read it, one-two-three times. But... it stayed with me. Please consider reposting it; it touched so many issues or was so ever-embracing. I came here tonight to post a comment to it ... but, sadly, the entry is one I can't see.

Mary, in your way, your are reaching similar "places" as did the one by the Mascot. Mascot needs to restore her entry :).

Luv you all!

I'd write more to each, only I can't feel my fingers and my assistive tech. hasn't been installed on my laptop. But please know this: I think the world of each of you and read each and every entry you each make. I think: Each is so brilliant! You're like this light shining in dark spots, and I come here and read when I need a pick-me-up and also to see people can be so genuine and caring.

Thanks for being here! You help more than my words may convey! You're a bright spot in my days.

Posted by: Sierra/Rain | Mar 4, 2005 2:12:46 AM

Having read the comments, maybe I am confused. If it was you, Mary, who penned the piece that expressed you hear: I also "heard" you. The earlier versions of your writing resonated, too :).

Posted by: Sierra/Rain | Mar 4, 2005 2:20:10 AM

lowers head, covers face... yes rain, i had removed the poem called 'i hear you'. when i had composed it i was feeling overwhelming thoughts of pride regarding each of the members. i hadnt gotten their prior permission to post it, and later felt guilty about putting something in which wasnt a composition from wilde. wilde later scolded me for taking it down, so i reposted it but a lil further down in the composition list.

i'm still feeling some of this out, and i apologize if i confused ya. my bad. i'll move it back up the list a lil bit so you can see it from the first page. well until they add more and it naturally lowers itself.

mary does have an amazing eye to spot injustice. and shes very gifted with distributing care where its needed most. like each of wilde in their own way, she leads by example.

Posted by: the mascot | Mar 4, 2005 5:22:40 AM

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