Matt Johnston

Sarah Murphy - Poem by Matt Johnston

'She was mentally disabled, ' they said,
And they said ‘but she was sweet.’
And if heaven passed a million souls
It would still wrap slippers around her feet.
For her heart was vast and wholly unkempt
By a certain part of the brain,
That tells us to love so aimlessly
Is embarrassing, even insane.
So she put more love in her thirty six years
Than most in eighty years are able;
Yet most won’t give a passing thought
To how Sarah Murphy was labeled…
For though it’s true she was,
When compared to us all
Wasn’t she less disabled?

Comments about Sarah Murphy by Matt Johnston

  • (3/27/2010 1:28:00 PM)

    Last five stanzas are amazing. This is a great poem Matt. Probably my favorite of yours that I've read so far. (Report) Reply

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  • (9/7/2008 8:20:00 AM)

    Don't we each have our own limitations and diasbilities? Many of us lie trapped within our own bodies...unable to let people past those walls that we've created...but not Sarah Murphy! You've done an excellent job of bringing the issue of mental disability to the forefront, with a very positive spin. Awesome!

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  • (8/17/2008 5:22:00 PM)

    It appears you were indeed fortunate to have known Sarah Murphy! (Report) Reply

  • Colin J... (4/26/2008 10:30:00 AM)

    Beautiful, lovely tribute...
    Colin J...
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  • (4/20/2008 8:37:00 PM)

    This is really good. Go for gold! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 17, 2008

Poem Edited: Friday, April 18, 2008

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