Francis Duggan

Linda - Poem by Francis Duggan

She has been diagnosed as one with manic depression
Her moods swings from the very low to very high
But Linda is a warm and loving person
And she takes good care of her little boy.

Her husband left her for another woman
And those who know her said she couldn't cope
But in adversity she has shown her courage
And Linda has a strong belief in hope.

Each morning she takes her four year old to day care
Before she goes to her job as a nurse
To say she has known tough times an understatement
As life for her could not have been much worse.

Each sunday morning if it is not raining
She takes her child to play in park off Edgar Street
She always greets me with a cheery hello
And she is one I always like to meet.

I've spoken to her at length this brave young woman
And never even once heard her complain
Her husband left her and their little baby
But any bitterness towards him she doesn't retain.

I see brave Linda as an inspiration
And she is one I only can admire
Her story not of fortune fame and riches
But none the less a story to inspire.

The masses may not see her as successful
As she's not famous or a millionaire
But the masses are not always the best judges
And for others sufferings one thought they don't spare.

But I see Linda as a successful person
She is not one to wallow in despair
At every post in life she is a winner
Despite the crosses given her to bear.

On sunday morning with her young son David
In the small Parkway just off Edgar Street
She always greets me with a cheery hello
And she is one I always like to meet.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 13, 2008

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