Terry Brewer

Rookie (3rd April,1939 / Aldershot, England)

Sydney The Kidney - Poem by Terry Brewer

Carolyn depends on you
And because of that many others do too.
She has touched and brightened so many lives
You must make sure that our Carolyn thrives.

So Sidney, bend to your Herculean task
It's something that ‘we the many' ask
And as you've no companion to share the load
It makes yours a long, tough and lonely road.

Please take good care of your precious charge
Her body is small but her heart is so large
That's why we love this mixture of woman and child
So gentle yet strong, beautiful and elegantly styled.

A list of a few of ‘we the many'
Includes Babe, Henry, Phil and Penny
Donna, Elaine and Suzanne
Katherine, EmilyRose and now me, her new fan

So, Sidney, let me say once more
You've got the ball and ‘we the many' implore
Be true to your task whatever you do
For Carolyn depends on you

Poet's Notes about The Poem

As a child Carolyn was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease and was told when about thirteen years old that she would probably not live beyond her teens - she was determined to prove 'them' wrong and lived to be 64 (when she lost her battle with lung cancer.) thanks to two Kidney donations one from he brother Phil in 1993 (she was 47) and then a second one donated by her best friend Michelle in 2003. Her positive attitude to life was an inspiration to many.

I wrote this poem for her shortly after meeting her in 1988 when she had about a half of one of her original kidneys still working - I call him Sydney and boy did he do a good job until he retired when Carolyn was 47!

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 6, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, July 20, 2012

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