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My sister Kelly was paralyzed when she was 16. For the next 25 years she was totally dependent on others. Even though she got dealt a bad hand, she remained strong and dignified throughout her life. That is why she'll always be "The Strongest Girl I Ever Knew". Kelly, I know you're dancing in Heaven

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Published: Jan 2009

The Strongest Girl I Ever Knew

In Loving Memory of Kelly Doe

She never got to dance,
Or go to her own Prom.
She never got the chance,
To forget where she came from.

She never got to kiss,
A man she idolized.
She never felt love's bliss,
'Cause she was paralyzed.

She never got to talk,
About love with a smile.
She never got to walk,
Down a Church's Aisle.

She never got to say,
Those precious words "I Do".
But she was far and away,
The strongest girl I ever knew.

She couldn't brush her hair,
Or put make up on her face.
She couldn't hold you dear,
Or give you a warm embrace.

She couldn't clasp her hands,
As if in the form of prayer.
She couldn't understand,
Why she was in a wheelchair.

She never showed her fears,
Or let you hear her cries.
She never showed the tears,
That fell down from her eyes.

She never looked for pity,
Or sympathy from you.
That's why she'll always be,
The strongest girl I ever knew.

By Ronnie Doe


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  • by Mary Romine
  • 4/29/2014

He never walked into the room to greet me with a kiss.
Never ran down to the fishing pond or anything like this.
Never borrowed his dad's car keys on a regular Saturday night.
Never danced to rock music till the early morning light.
At those football games he watched he never once carried the ball.
But more important than all of this I never heard him complain at all.
God gave him a beautiful gift called love in a quantity beyond measure.
Each smile he takes in his wheelchair is continually building up treasure.


  • by Amita Johnsy
  • 4/26/2014

Truly an inspiring story in the form of a poem. Felt good to know how so much you loved and knew your sister. May god bless you both!


  • by Chippenham Wiltshire
  • 4/15/2014

Wow a really inspirational poem. She was a really brave girl.


  • by Pamela Dau
  • Oct 2013

I have been suffering from deformity of the spine for 6 years. I am just 18 and being like this, especially when you're a teenage girl, it sucks. I don't get to wear the dress I picked out, I don't get to carry heavy things, I can't even go to the beach for a swim. Your poem has touched me, even with my disabilities, I am a strong woman who fights for what is right. & I know it was hard, your sister is so special, like some of us.


  • by Kammar, Brooklyn Nyc
  • Oct 2013

I was assign an homework which was to "Interpret a poem". I didn't feel as if I was going to start due to the fact that I keep procrastinating. I woke up early out my bed this morning 10/4/2013 at 10:00 am (Keep in mind I hate waking up early) and started googling for poems. I came across many poems, but this poem made me cried 3 times while reading both the poem and comments. So I am no longer looking for a poem to interpret, this poem is so touching I felt like I knew her, as if I was experiencing her experience. Kelly I love your ambition, you are a STAR! I wish I got the chance to meet you! you inspire me a lot!!

To the poet, great job! thanks for sharing!


  • by Rita Carey, Florence, Ms
  • Oct 2013

I was married to a man for 10 years that was a C 5/6 quadriplegic from diving in 1971. I married him in 1990. He died in 2005 after being paralyzed for 34 years. Mickey was very strong also like your precious sister Kelly.
Mickey used to tell me one of the things that he missed the most was feeling the dew between his toes. I absolutely loved and was touched by your poem and Kelly like Mickey are definitely walking in Heaven.


  • by Debbie Rushing, Charlestown MA
  • May 2013

Your sister Kelly was an inspiration to us all. She had the best smile in the world, she could brighten up the darkest room. She is missed very much by everyone that knew her.


  • by Pakistan
  • Apr 2013

an awesome and emotional poem , i loved it =D


  • by Janiyah, Geogria
  • Jan 2013

Love this poem. It's so inspirational. When I typed in inspiration poems In the Google box this was the first poem to come up. I used this poem in my class project and I know you sis is look down on you from heaven and is very proud.

This is my favorite poem because this poem inspired me to continue moving forward and not give up no matter what. This young girl Kelly Doe was paralyzed at 16 years old and for 25 years never let anything stop her. Although she has passed away her legacy should continue to live in forever.

(* My sister Kelly was paralyzed when she was 16. For the next 25 years she was totally dependent on others. Even though she got dealt a bad hand, she remained strong and dignified throughout her life. That is why she'll always be "The Strongest Girl I Ever Knew". Kelly, I know you're dancing in Heaven*)


  • by Live, Mi
  • Dec 2012

That was just simply amazing! Your sister sounded like a strong, independent girl who everyone loved. This poem really touched me :)


  • by Ashley, VA
  • Nov 2012

Hello my name is Ashley and I'm in a public speaking class for my high school. The next thing were doing for the class is poetry out loud. We had to find a poem that connected to us to recite. I chose this poem... You did a great job writing this poem!!! It has inspired and touched me so much by the words you've used. I can't wait to recite it in front of people and hope they get as touched as I did when I first heard the poem. Stay strong and keep it up!(:


It's just amazing, you showed and expressed the best way of depth feelings truely to your sister, it even shows that your sister was really very beautiful by her heart.
her strength is an inspiration for us who can do everything and have everything but still cry for what we loose and even do lose our hopes.
Keep it up :)


  • by Jayde, Darwin
  • Sep 2012

That is just so amazing, but I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I'm more than certain she was a beautiful and wonderful sister!!!


  • by Houston Tx
  • Aug 2012

Your poem was really really touching...and yeah she must be dancing in heaven...god must be full of joy with an angel like her. I'm pretty sure she smiles down at you and your family everyday. I strongly believe there's always a reason why something happens and the things that we go through in life is what makes who we are... I applaud you for being really brave...and for sharing your story with us... It's not easy losing a loved one and even harder letting go. Beautiful poem. It lets the world know how much you loved and still love her. I'm sure she always knew.


  • by Cawa Mwale, Malawi
  • Dec 2011

This poem is so touching. Hope your sister is resting in peace indeed. So bad that she is gone but she was really strong. Hope to make a song from this if you don't mind.


  • by Bloom,South Africa
  • Oct 2011

This is so beautiful your sister is a very brave person. I hope one day god will find a cure for paralyzed people.


  • by Debra In Florida
  • Jul 2011

I have met some of God's best warriors in wheelchairs through my life. I, myself was in a wheelchair as a young girl for awhile due to arthritis and other issues. I have very fond memories of having fun wheelchair races up and down the halls of the hospital. For decades I have wondered where those great souls are. Great poem! Thank you for pouring your heart and soul in it. It blessed me and I hope you continue to express yourself in writing. Bless you always!


  • by Misch, Pakistan
  • May 2011

It was a truly inspiring poem........


Ronnie,You could not have put it any better. That is the reason I loved her so.


  • by Debbie Kasinger, California
  • May 2011

Very touching poem. You were a wonderful brother to Kelly.


  • by Amber, Wisconsin
  • Apr 2011

Wow this poem is so good!! It makes me think twice about what I have that others will not experience. This poem gave me shivers down my back. I am sorry for your sister and hope that everyone treats people who don't have the ability to do what we can, a chance to show of life!


  • by Jean, Palma De Mallorca-Spain
  • Feb 2011

A beautifully inspirational poem to the sister who meant soooo much to you and who will live eternally in your heart and in the hearts of many readers here on Facebook.
Sincerely and with love, JeanB.


  • by Jenna, New York
  • Jan 2011

This really did touch me. You're a great poet, and I read this poem 8 times and I was touched by it each and every time. Your sister is very strong and I admire her.


  • by Heather, Florida
  • Dec 2010

My mom has been paralyzed for three years. It really sucks and hopefully one day all paralyzed people will be able to walk. Your poem is touching and your sister is one brave girl.


  • by Paul Zarber
  • Jan 2010

I suffer from depression, after reading this poem, I have to consider myself lucky and be grateful for what I do have, I will keep it as a reference.


  • by Shanece
  • Nov 2009

Wow your sister was so strong, this is a really touching and beautiful poem. It must have been wonderful to know someone like her.


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