Biographical Poetry posted June 14, 2017


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Everyday Heroes

by jusylee72

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I meet heroes every day
People who understand life 
People who listen
People who never judge
People who remember their own sadness
 or joy
   or triumphs 
     or failures
       or griefs

Yesterday, 
I met them in my aqua aerobics class
I got there late
very late
30 hours earlier I found out my ex-husband died
  The father of my youngest son 
     a man who abused me
        a man who at one time I am sure I loved

To say I am confused at my emotions is obvious
   I don't miss him
     I wish things were different
       I question the times I also hurt him
         I know I have a part in every part of my life.

I wear my heart on my sleeve
when you ask me how I am I can't lie
So the casual statement or question
"How are you today"
     Brings tears to my eyes.
           So, being me, I say my ex-husband died
                                                             and I swim away

They follow me, these semi-strangers
     and they begin
         Many of them have ex-husbands
            Many of them have lost people they love
              They understand the confusion that comes with death.

And in the 20 minutes left of the swim
   they talk to me 
     They don't pressure me 
        and they allow me the grief I really don't understand.

My tears become part of the water 
 a small increment of salt in a chlorine pool
   and I realize heroes are everywhere
      and never even know 
 
Their act of kindness 
                                   is cheris
hed



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