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Published: February 3, 2022

Favorite Poems From Top Poets On Family Friend Poems

Family Friend Poems would not exist without our wonderful poets. We’ve had the honor of publishing poems from thousands of poets, and we are thankful for each of them for sharing their hearts with our poetry community. We are incredibly grateful for the poets who have been faithful contributors over the years. They consistently submit high-quality poems that we publish, and they engage with our community by leaving comments on other poets’ work.

We are excited to say “thank you” by showcasing favorite poems by our top poets. These poems have been hand-selected by the poets themselves. We had the opportunity to interview each poet to learn more about why a particular poem means so much to them. We also found out where they get their writing inspiration, why they love poetry, and their favorite experience from being published on Family Friend Poems. The interviews can be found on each poem page in this collection. 

Thanks again to everyone who makes Family Friend Poems a community that shares the highs and lows of life. Let’s take a moment to celebrate some of the poets who vulnerably share their hearts with the world. 

20 Favorite Poems From Top Poets On Family Friend Poems

  1. 1. The Strongest Girl I Ever Knew

    • By Ronald Doe
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2009 with permission of the Author.

    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.
    In Loving Memory of Kelly Doe

    in Inspirational Poems

    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.

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  2. 2. My Soulmate

    • By John P. Read
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2017 with permission of the Author.

    This is about the heartache of losing my soulmate after 50 years together. Although they leave your life, their memory never leaves; they live on in your heart.

    in Wife Death Poems

    I still say I Love You,
    But now there's no reply.
    I always feel your presence
    As if you never left my side.

    I remember your comforting voice.
    Now there's not a sound.
    Only echoes from the past
    Follow me around.

    You're always by my side,
    But I can't hold your hand.
    The reason why God took you
    I find hard to understand.

    Summer days seem much shorter.
    Dark nights just linger on.
    Dreams turn into nightmares
    When the one you love has gone.

    But real love never fades.
    It still burns like the sun.
    Although they're far away,
    Those memories go on and on.

    Her spirit will never die
    It shines like the stars.
    I know you're sleeping in heaven,
    But you're living in my heart.

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  4. 3. My Mother, My Angel

    I lost my mother to cancer on 9/2/2012. I wrote this in her honor. She wasn't just a mom to me; she was my best friend. My heart breaks for anyone who loses their mom. May you, too, find comfort in these words. God bless.

    In memory of Shirley A Fowler

    in Mother Death Poems

    Once upon a time an angel held my hand.
    She wiped away my tears and helped me understand
    Our time on Earth is brief; there are lessons to be learned.
    Each precious day God gives us, another page is turned.
    Every chapter full of memories, times of joy and tears,
    Triumphs and defeats, through every passing year.
    She loved us unconditionally, always by our side.
    When no one else would listen, in her we could confide.
    With gentle words of wisdom, she led us on our way,
    Down the paths of righteousness if ever we did stray.
    She saw the light in everyone and gave with no regrets,
    Always from her heart, let's not forget.
    Angels come in many forms; for me it was my mother.
    With love I cannot say in words there'll never be another.
    Every day I turn the page, in my heart will ever remain
    Everything she taught me as I stroll down memory lane.
    Thank you, God, for giving me the most priceless of all treasures.
    Help my, Lord, to keep alive her memory here forever.
    I pray that I can someday be everything she hoped I would,
    That she's smiling down from heaven knowing she did good.
    As we gather here today, there's no ending to her story.
    Another chapter has begun, full of grace and glory.
    God's called her to his heavenly home, part of his great plan.
    Although it may be hard, we all must understand.
    Faith is what is hoped for, things we cannot see.
    Heaven is promised to all of us if only we believe.

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  5. 4. Remember When

    Poem about remembering falling in love, sharing a life, and rekindling love.

    in Relationship Poems

    Remember when we first did meet,
    our hearts rejoiced and skipped a beat.
    Remember our first kiss goodnight,
    the hug we shared that summer's night.

    Remember when we walked the beach
    and all our dreams within our reach.
    Remember how we used to be
    when I had you and you had me.

    Remember when we used to talk,
    when we held hands and took long walks.
    Remember how we spent our days
    in warm sunshine and in the rain.

    Remember when our one desire
    was take a chance and ignite the fire.
    Remember the times that made our hearts melt
    and all of the passion and desire that we felt.

    Remember when you looked at me
    and saw the one you love and need.
    Remember when you reached for me
    and knew that we were meant to be.

    Remember when our love was new. 
    Remember the day we both said, "I do."
    Remember the journey we started together. 
    Remember our love was always forever.

    Remember the promise we made together,
    to love and to cherish and to care for each other.
    Remember the promise in good times and in bad
    and to make each one happy rather than sad.

    Remember when you held our child
    and rocked the baby when I grew tired.
    Remember the treasured times
    like these when love grew into family.

    Remember when the world was bright,
    when we would laugh and hold on tight.
    Remember when our hearts were broken,
    when times were tough and words unspoken.

    Remember when we grieved our loss
    with parents gone and feeling lost.
    Remember when our love endured
    the pains and heartaches of the world.

    What happened to the life we shared? 
    What happened to a love so rare?
    What happened to the kiss goodnight,
    the warm embrace, the love at night?

    Did it all just happen? How do we right the wrong?
    I know that in my heart your arms I do belong.

    Can we live our lives together just like it all began,
    and can we hold and cherish each other and remember our love again?

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  7. 5. Smart Phone - Dumb User

    • By Rick W. Cotton
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2017 with permission of the Author.

    As I grow older, I find that technology gets more and more frightening, every day. Maybe I should go live in the woods.

    in Humorous Poems

    My new phone is "smart." I guess that I'm not.
    Amazing what all this here smart phone has got.
    TV and Weather and Internet, too.
    There's just no limits to what it can do.
    Check my blood pressure and my temperature
    Without even probing all my apertures.
    I now know the time in Paris or Greece.
    I can track the migration of thousands of geese
    Or find Chinese food; it's here on this map.
    Oops, my finger just slipped, now where was that at?
    A camera...a CAMERA! Now I can take shots
    Of everyone I know (who'd rather I not).
    Push this here button and take me a "selfie."
    (If it had a nose would this thing take a "smellfie"?)
    Email to pester with, video to shoot,
    Maps to drive 'round with, wow that's a hoot!
    A compass to guide me home if I'm lost.
    Thank God work paid for this thing (what it COSTS!).
    The things that it does would amaze Mr. Bell.
    What he would have thought of it, no one can tell,
    But one question's still stuck in my middle-aged craw.
    Despite all the gizmos that strike me with awe,
    They're fun and they're useful and "techy" and all
    ...But how do I just simply make a phone call?

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  8. 6. Renewed By The Morning Light

    This poem is about nature and also about being grateful for each new day and a chance to start anew.

    in Inspirational Poems

    I sit upon my front porch stoop
    Beneath the morning sun.
    Grateful for the moment spent
    Away from everyone.

    The air is fresh and slightly chilled,
    The sky is blue and clear.
    The silence that surrounds me now
    Is music to my ears.

    I love the morning best of all,
    It's my most tranquil time,
    When the promise of a brand new day
    Can ease my troubled mind.

    When second chances seem more possible
    And the world less cold and dark,
    And hope can somehow pierce the walls
    Of my sad and aching heart.

    When left alone with nature
    All the world seems far away
    And the woes of life so trivial
    When wrapped in her embrace.

    But alas the birds awaken
    And begin to sing their songs,
    And people slowly wander by
    And nod as they go on.

    The sun has now grown brighter
    As it rises in the sky
    And in the distance there's a whistle
    As a train goes lumbering by.

    The world is calling out to me
    To jump back in the fray.
    To have faith things can get better
    And let go of yesterday.

    So today I get to start again
    By the morning light renewed.
    Feeling brave and energized,
    There is nothing I can't do.

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  9. 7. Heartache

    Many of us have had twice the heartbreak during COVID by not being able to be with someone we love when they are dying. I have myself known the sorrow of not being able to see a close long-standing childhood friend when she was dying.

    in Grief Poems

    I wasn't there to say goodbye,
    to reminisce of times gone by.

    I wasn't there to make you smile,
    to tell old stories, laugh awhile.

    I wasn't there to talk of fun,
    the happy times in life's long run.

    I wasn't there to share the years,
    those times of happiness and tears.

    I wasn't there to hear your fear
    of leaving those you held so dear.

    I wasn't there to feel your pain,
    you knew we'd never meet again.

    I wasn't there to hold your hand
    when you parted from this land.

    I wasn't there to share our love,
    before you joined the stars above.

    I wasn't there, I shed a tear.
    In my heart you're always there.

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    Six years ago, my mother was in the hospital. She had congestive heart failure. After my dad would get back from the hospital, I would always ask him if she was getting better. One day, he...

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  10. 8. A Still Moment

    It's such a fast-paced world. Still I find it worthwhile and refreshing to spare little moments during the day to ponder nature's beauty around me. That's what inspired this. I hope you enjoy it.

    in Beauty of Nature Poems

    Take a moment.
    Put the worries behind.
    Take in the beauty around.
    Let it relax your mind.

    Watch the golden glow
    Of the rising morning sun.
    Embrace the peaceful aura
    Of the break of dawn.

    Savor the soft caress
    Of the gently moving breeze.
    Listen to its nifty tune
    Among the swaying trees.

    Enjoy the lovely scene
    Of a floating butterfly.
    Graceful flight and happy tweets
    Of a bird perched up high.

    Peruse the evening sky
    In its dazzling splendor.
    The wide and open pallet
    Merging shapes and colors.

    Relish the loving sight
    Of children having fun,
    Skipping feet and carefree voices
    Under the setting sun.

    Spare a still moment
    Every once in a while.
    Take in the beauty around.
    Take it in with a smile.

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  11. 9. Till My Last Breath

    • By Joydip Dutt
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 2021 with permission of the Author.

    I wrote this poem to express my love for my life partner.

    in Husband Poems

    I cannot promise                       
    you that there will be no sad moments in your life,

    But I promise                    
    to wipe away your tears till my last breath.

    I cannot promise                           
    you that life will be easy and trouble-free,

    But I promise                     
    to walk with you till my last breath.

    I cannot promise                               
    you that there will be no betrayals in life,

    But I promise                    
    to remain by your side till my last breath.

    I cannot promise
    you that life will be cheerful and pleasant,

    But I promise                      
    to help you smile till my last breath.

    I cannot promise                            
    you that there will be no setbacks in life,

    But I promise                   
    to help you face those challenges till my last breath.

    I cannot promise   
    you that life will be comfortable and secure,

    But I promise
    to make you feel safe till my last breath.
    I cannot promise                           
    you that there will be no obstacles and hurdles in life,

    But I promise                    
    to hold your hand through difficulties till my last breath.

    I cannot promise 
    you to love forever,

    But I promise                       
    to love you till my last breath.

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  12. 10. If I Don't Make It Home

    • By Jodi M. Kucera
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2019 with permission of the Author.

    This is about a soldier who doesn't make it home to his wife, and he's telling her to remember him.

    in War Poems

    If I don't make it home, please remember it wasn't because I didn't try.
    The last thing I wanted was to make you cry.

    I wanted more than anything to make it back to you,
    But there was a job I just had to do.

    As you were sleeping through the night,
    We woke to the sound of gunfire; and I knew this would be my last fight.

    It's my job to keep you safe and free,
    And to do that I will give every ounce of me.

    I am a soldier who will defend until the very end,
    But that comes at a cost that I know I can't mend.

    Keep a picture of me beside the bed and kiss me goodnight.
    Imagine my arms around you, holding you tight.

    Don't forget how my lips felt on yours.
    Or my soft caress as our clothes fell to the floor.

    Remember the warmth of my breathe as I whispered, "I love you," in your ear.
    Just because I'm gone, my love doesn't disappear.

    I know I broke my promise to be here to wipe away every tear.
    You've cried a million of them every time you wished I were still here.

    Please forgive me for leaving you so soon,
    But my country called and needed me, too.

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  13. 11. If You See My Mom In Heaven

    Within two years, my husband and I both lost parents, him a dad and myself my mom. I wrote a poem called "If You See My Dad In Heaven." It became popular, so I wrote one about my mom. It's very good therapy to express and write about your loved ones. You remember all the beautiful reasons you loved them so much.

    in Spiritual Poems about Death

    If you see my mom in heaven,
    She won't be hard to find.
    She's God's masterpiece of
    She's unique and one of a kind.

    She'll be the one with the prettiest
    Her angel wings she wears with pride,
    And as she reaches out to greet you,
    You'll see the twinkle in her eyes.

    She'll be digging in God's flower beds,
    Gathering flowers as she goes.
    She'll pick a single flower bouquet:
    The beauty of God's red rose.

    She'll be playing with the smallest angels,
    Singing joyful games upon her knee,
    Or maybe writing words of wisdom,
    Or reciting a poem or three.

    She's with her mom and dad now,
    Embracing them lovingly or
    Visiting with her long-lost friends,
    Chatting so happily.

    She'll be God's strongest angel.
    No more burdens will she bear.
    She'll stroll about with strength and grace,
    Kneeling with God in prayer.

    So if you see my mom in heaven,
    Will you take care of her for me?
    Place a kiss upon her cheek,
    And hug her just for me.

    You see, she was my special mom,
    The truest friend she was to me.
    She taught me all about our God
    And the love he had for me.

    She's my royal queen of mothers.
    She'll wear her very own crown.
    She'll sit and share God's golden
    Throne in God's beautiful
    Heavenly home.

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  14. 12. Sea Of Change

    I originally wrote this as two separate poems.

    in Change Poems

    The clouds never break
    Like blue waters do
    On this Island of Pain.
    How can I stand true?

    The birds never sing
    And the love never finds
    This Island of Pain
    Where the sun never shines.

    The stars never gleam
    And the moon never glows.
    There's never a dream,
    And the river that flows

    Is filled with my tears
    That lead to the Bay
    Of this Island of Pain
    Where I'm destined to stay.

    There, in the distance,
    The fog starts to rise,
    As I awaken
    To warm, sunny skies.

    No longer a captive
    So long lost at sea,
    This Island of Hope
    Appears before me.

    The Sea of Serenity
    Waves at the shore.
    Of this Island of Hope,
    I just can't ignore.

    The birds always sing
    And the love always finds
    This Island of Hope
    Where the sun always shines.

    The stars always gleam
    And the moon always glows.
    There's never a tear
    And the soft wind that blows

    Is filled with my dreams
    That lead to the shore
    Of this Island of Hope
    Where I'll live evermore.

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  15. 13. Coronavirus - Have You Seen

    • By Beryl L Edmonds
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2020 with permission of the Author.

    At 8:00pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020, people across the whole of the U.K. stood at their windows or stepped outside their homes to applaud the National Health Staff who are working so hard in difficult conditions to care for those suffering from the Coronavirus.

    in Current Events Poems

    Have you seen the doctors who hardly get to sleep?
    From sad weary eyes, silent tears they weep.
    They're battling to save hundreds of lives,
    Yet see so many dying right before their eyes.

    Have you seen the nurses, tired and worn,
    Just come from doing many hours on the wards?
    Have you seen them out, walking on lonely streets
    Searching empty shelves, for nourishing food to eat?

    Have you seen domestics, putting safety first
    Keeping hospitals clean, fighting off the germs?
    Bravely they go into infectious wards,
    Never thinking of themselves, no not at all.

    Have you seen the porters, down on their heels,
    Walking many miles, pushing many wheels?
    We must respect this valued band of women and men.
    Though they go unnoticed, we can't do without them.

    Have you seen the caterers, keeping all folk fed?
    The staff and the patients lying in their beds.
    Such an important part to play in someone's health,
    A role that couldn't be compared to any amount of wealth.

    A great big thank to all National Health Staff
    To every volunteer coming forward like they have.
    You all have a part of our hearts, are in every prayer we make.
    May God bless you all, keeping you well and safe.

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  16. 14. Accepting One Another

    • By Mary V. Botten
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 4, 2021 with permission of the Author.

    I wrote this poem after recent events in the UK.

    in Compassion Poems

    We are not the same,
    Not in creed, in colour or name.
    Yet together we inhabit this earth,
    We should value each other's worth.
    Understanding we won't always agree,
    For you are you and I am me.
    Show no prejudice, exhibit no hate,
    No animosity, no arguing, only debate.
    Different opinions, different ideas,
    A tapestry of people with a range of hopes and fears.
    In essence we are one,
    Sharing the same earth, moon and sun.
    We share a common ground,
    Laughter, tears, feelings profound.
    Yet we won't always agree,
    For you are you and I am me.

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    Thank you, Silas, for your comment. I am pleased my poem resonates with you.

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  17. 15. I Am Close

    This poem is about losing someone close and if they could give you the courage to go on in life. There is still much life to live, and they will always be close to you if you look for them.

    in Death Moving On Poems

    In your thoughts
    we will touch.
    In your dreams
    we will meet.
    Now our hearts
    beat as one.
    I am your shadow.
    I'll always be close.

    Hear my voice
    in the wind.
    See our dance
    in a song.
    Feel my warmth
    in the sun.
    Remember, my love,
    I'll always be close.

    Do not weep
    for my loss.
    Time will pass...
    Pain will fade...
    You will laugh,
    and I'll smile.
    Live your life, my love.
    I'll always be close.

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  18. 16. The Old Christmas Card

    I found a very special old Christmas card in a box of stuff while packing to move. I stopped in my tracks and sat on the floor surrounded by boxes and opened cupboards. The card was from my beautiful Mum. She'd passed away three short years before. I was struck by the sheer beauty of the words. The card written by her shaky hand. I've still got that card and will always treasure it.

    in Christmas Poems

    I found a little Christmas card.
    ‘Twas in a box of stuff.
    I opened it and read it.
    Its verse was written thus.

    "Season's greetings and salutations.
    Best wishes and all the best.
    Happy New Year and live long,
    And may you be God blessed."

    There was something written
    Below this little verse.
    It was written in your writing,
    Just like we would converse.

    I felt the love in those words
    Written by your shaky hand.
    Tears filled my eyes,
    As you can understand.

    I love that little Christmas card.
    My heart strings are all a strum.
    That little card means so much
    Because it's signed, "Love, Mum."

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  19. 17. You Take Me There

    I am just here to be a server to all of those who are in need. I am a prayer partner where I go to service and am happy to serve all.

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    As I search for your saving grace,
    I know one day I'll see your face.
    Waiting is the hardest thing for me.
    I know with you I will be so free.
    You take me up and lay me back down,
    I know with you I am and will be found.
    I seek you each day and seek your name,
    I am nothing without you or your fame.
    Waking with you, you give me power
    To make it another day and another hour.
    Learning your word is oh so smart.
    I love you, Lord, with all my heart.
    You gave up for me all your life.
    We could not stop all the strife.
    Every day I will always say
    I long to return to you one day.
    Love me, Lord, and keep me strong,
    Without you, I can never get along.
    So hear my prayers and bring me peace.
    My sins, oh Lord, will slowly cease.
    My heart is heavy, and I am weak.
    Your love is strong as you speak.
    Keep me safe at comfort's arms.
    Give me grace without any harm.
    Give me eternity and take me home.
    That day I will never be alone.

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  20. 18. Do You Dare?

    • By Sandra Hearth
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2020 with permission of the Author.

    We always regret when something has been lost, when we no longer have what we took for granted. We don't stop to consider what our acts will have on our home. We take it all with a pinch of salt. We abuse and use, we spit out and spit on, we are cruel and greedy, we are blinded by our own needs. Things must change. We can change. Let's hit the pause button and take a breath, look, listen, and see. We are capable of such horror and yet we are capable of such beauty.

    in Earth Poems

    A world of peace, a world of hope.
    Not full of violence, crime and dope.

    I want all that's bad to be stopped in its tracks.
    I want all that's good and filled with all that it lacks.

    I need this world to become quiet and calm.
    I need all the innocent kept safe from harm.

    I pray that the day will soon be here.
    I pray all will be protected, all we hold dear.

    No more starving, illness or war.
    Let's step on through, open the door,

    To a fresh beginning, a place of joy,
    A wish for every girl and every boy.

    May the earth heal and feel safe once more.
    May it start afresh and forget all the horror and the gore.

    Let it begin, step by step, let the change commence.
    Let's wake up and use our common sense.

    Mother Earth is in pain and struggles each day.
    Let's all start to help her heal, take the hurt away.

    I wish my dreams would come true,
    That we can start to save this world, make it good, for me and for you.

    Let us learn from all our mess,
    Show more care and kindness.

    To show respect for all living things,
    To be grateful for what all this earth brings.

    There is beauty under all the bad.
    There is joy under all that's sad.

    We need to find that space, that key!
    We need to act now, open our eyes and see.

    We have but one home, a land for all,
    For each living thing that flies, walks and crawls.

    We have to learn to share, to care.
    It's time to stop the horror, come on, do you dare?

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  21. 19. Letter To My Daughter

    I wrote this poem for my 22-year-old daughter, Ayla, to let her know that I love her and I will always be there for her.

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    When I first held you in my arms,
    You were so perfect and so small.
    You are a full-grown woman now;
    And I am proud, oh how!

    I saw you change throughout the years,
    With awe and fascination.
    To think that you will soon leave home-
    It's a strange sensation.

    No matter where you may end up,
    Close to home or far away,
    Know that I will always pray
    For your happiness and luck.

    I pray your dreams may all come true.
    I pray you may be happy.
    I pray your heartaches may be few
    And your blessings many.

    When you need some good advice
    Or just a listening ear,
    Dad and I will always make time
    For your problems to hear.

    You are talented, beautiful, and bright;
    I know you will do well in life.
    You've got what it takes to succeed,
    And God will help you when in need.

    One last thing I want to say:
    No matter your age,
    No matter where you go,
    No matter what you do,
    You are my girl,
    And I will always love you!

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  22. 20. The Workout

    To be honest, my weight loss battles could be more aptly described as half-hearted tussles. Occasionally, I have managed to lose some weight, only to find it has snuck up on me again while I wasn't looking! But I also haven't lost my sense of humour, which is a good thing.

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    I need to lose weight, just a pound or twenty.
    If I could lose fifty, well that would be plenty.
    I could join a gym, but I don't have the gumption.
    My legging clad legs aren't for public consumption.

    My exercise bike is succumbing to rust
    And only gets touched when I really must dust.
    And much like a pet in need of attention,
    It made me feel guilty (and slack not to mention).

    The solution, of course, was such a no brainer.
    I bought it a mate...an elliptical trainer!
    This is quite easy! Or so I reckoned
    When I tried it in store for a whole fifteen seconds.

    But once it was home and I tried it for longer,
    The pain in my side was all that got stronger.
    I puffed and I gasped, till I couldn't breathe.
    Kicked off at nine, it was now nine oh three.

    Of course! The resistance must be way too high
    But no, it read zero; I thought I might cry.
    The six on the dial sat silently mocking,
    My level of fitness was really quite shocking.

    Motivation was all that I saw myself losing,
    And my self-esteem was taking a bruising.
    I tried it to music but all that achieved 
    It drowned out the sound of my poor creaking knees.

    This instrument of torture could go take a hike.
    I glanced now with longing at my trusty bike.
    I couldn't recall why we had parted ways.
    Climbed up on the seat and thought, Happy days!

    I pedalled with gusto, but soon I remembered...
    It felt like my buttocks were being dismembered.
    The padding on my derrière is quite thick,
    So why does it feel like I'm perched on a brick?

    It was just all too hard; I gave up in disgust.
    My plan to lose weight was clearly a bust.
    Oh well...at least I can say that I tried it.
    I mean, really, I can't be expected to diet!

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