Luke Easter

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Johanna Orozco A Profile In Courage - Poem by Luke Easter

A love Johanna thought to be true,
Yet tragedy in the making, who knew?
That one so close to the heart very dear,
In an instant became a shadow of fear.

Boom! Shotgun blast to the innocent face,
Compassion of their past almost erased,
United as one a couple had to pay the cost,
With malicious intent her joyous life almost lost.

In the emergency room, the task to begin,
Permanently removed was Miss Orozco’s chin,
Teams of specialized doctors and nurses to replace,
Reconstructive surgeries shape a brand new face.

Operation after operation, way too deep is the pain,
Many thoughts of will I ever again be the same?
Strength & courage to the high school prom she came,
Crowned Queen amid shouts of “JoJo” her nickname.

In a crowded courtroom there Juan Ruiz stood,
27 years behind prison bars would do him good,
Lead away in handcuffs a somber mood he would go,
Leaving a scarred life sentence for Johanna Orozco.

Face to face, never being a victim to run or hide,
Today is the only time to break down as she cried,
Those attending could only shake their head and sigh,
Back on her feet, facing the future with family pride.

A poem titled “Prince Charming? ” is what she has penned,
Don’t let the evil one fool you because this is not the end,
Recovery’s road is rough, painful, sometimes sad, even long,
God’s using you showing others how to overcome and be strong.

The Lord never asks your permission to saddle with a test,
However, when doing so God only puts it on the very best,
Although this exam is an unexplained mystery to you,
Father already knew that Johanna would make it through.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 20, 2007

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 10, 2011

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