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OUT OF MIND. OUT OF SIGHT…

I Speak. You Read.

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, YOU CAN BE FORGOTTEN

THROWN AWAY LIKE GARBAGE, LIKE FOOD THAT’S ROTTEN

YEARS OF SOCIALIZATION CAN BECOME OBSOLETE

YEARS OF WORKING TOGETHER NO LONGER CONCRETE

ALL THE FRIENDSHIP AND CAMARADERIE ARE GONE

RELATIONSHIPS NOW A PASS-ON

THERE ARE NO MORE TOGETHERNESS AND MEETINGS

NO GREETINGS, NO MORE GALIVANTING OR FEASTING

MY HEART ACHES, MY SOUL BLEEDS

AS THIS AFFILIATION AND NURSING CAREER CEASE

THERE ARE NO MORE CALLS, NO MORE APPLAUSE

NO MORE SECRETS SHARED; NO MORE RUMORS BARED

NO MORE CHATTER, NO MORE LAUGHTER

THIS SEEMS LIKE A DREAM, SEEMS LIKE THE HEREAFTER

MY WORK FAMILY WHO I THOUGHT I COULD RELY UPON, NOW GONE

ABANDON, NO MORE WORK COMPANION

THANK GOD FOR FAMILY AND ASSOCIATES ON WHOM I CAN DEPEND

SHOW EMPATHY, AND REMAIN, MY FRIENDS

FOR, I HAVE BECOME NULL AND VOID, ABANDONED, AND CAST ASIDE

NEVER KNEW THAT MY WORK-PLACE…

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Are You Okay?

I Speak. You Read.

ARE YOU OKAY?
THESE THREE WORDS
WE SHOULD SAY
TO EACH OTHER EVERY DAY
SPECIFICALLY, THOSE WHOSE
LIFE IS IN DISARRAY
AND THE ONES WE DEEMED STRONG
ASK, WHAT'S WRONG?
OFFER THEM A HELPING HAND
GIVE A LISTENING EAR
SHOW THAT YOU CARE
 TELL THEM HAVE NO FEAR
AND WE ARE AWARE 
OF WHAT’S GOING ON
IN YOUR MIND
THE TURMOIL YOU 
ARE FEELING INSIDE
PLEASE CHOOSE TO STAY ALIVE
CALL THE PREVENTION HOTLINE
YOU DON'T HAVE TO PREMATURELY DIE
DON'T COMMIT SUICIDE 


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Be Grateful

SOME DAYS BRING SUNSHINE
SOME DAYS BRING RAIN
SOME DAYS BRING SORROW
SOME DAYS BRING PAIN
SOME DAYS IT'S COLD
SOME DAYS IT'S WARM
SOME DAYS IT’S FEROCIOUS
LIKE A THUNDERSTORM

SOME DAYS I CRY AND WALLOW
IN SELF PITY
SOME DAYS I SIGH AND SAY
LIFE IS NOT PRETTY
SOME DAYS I GET A JOLT
HUGE AS A THUNDERBOLT
REMINDING ME THAT I AM BLESSED
AND PRAISES TO GOD 
I SHOULD EXPRESS
By @Charmaine Allwood-Hanson

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Friendship…

I Can’t Walk In Your Shoes
I Haven’t Experienced What You Have Been Through
The Misfortunes, The Abuse, With No Help, No Rescue

Tough Times You Have Faced, Many Trials, And Disgrace
But Our Friendship Remain Strong, It Will Never Be Replaced
I Will Be Your Friend, With Outstretched Hands To Lend
Because I Am Loyal, I Am Genuine, Not Fraudulent
I Will Be Standing With You Until The End
I Will Give A Listening Ear, Wipe Away Your Tears
Showing My Compassion And Highlighting My Care

I Will Be A Shoulder To Lean On, Bring Your Tribulations
With Out-Stretched Arms I Will Be A Baton, I Will Be Your Liaison
Bring Your Burden, Lay It On The Table
I Will Be Available Until You Are Able, And You Are Stable
I Just Want To Be A Friend, My Willingness To You I Extend 
This Is No Pretence, Ride, And Die Till The End
Upon Me, You Can Depend, I Give You Myself
All Of Me, One Hundred Percent

©Charmaine Allwood-Hanson
Excerpt from Book I Speak You Read.
Get yours on Amazon

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Don’t Cry For Me…

DONT WEEP FOR ME WHEN I DIE
YOU NEVER COMFORTED ME
WHEN I WAS SICK AND, IN MY PLIGHT
YOU NEVER SHOWED ME EMPATHY, WHEN I CRIED
NO VISITS FROM YOU, WHEN THINGS WERE AWRY
WHEN I NEEDED A FRIEND WHEN I NEEDED AN ALLY
YOU WERE NEVER AROUND, YOU WERE NEVER BY MY SIDE
I DON'T WANT YOU TO CRY FOR ME WHEN I DIE
I DON'T WANT YOUR EXCUSES, NOR YOUR ALIBIS
DON’T MAKE UP FIBS OR LIES, YOUR ABSENCE IS NOT JUSTIFIED
I THOUGHT UPON YOU I COULD COUNT, ON YOU I COULD RELY
BELIEVED WE WERE A TEAM AND OUR FRIENDSHIP WAS TIGHT
 NOW IT'S NIL, NOW IT'S VOID
SO PLEASE DON'T CRY, WHEN I AM GONE, WHEN I DIE
YOU PRETENDED WE WERE FRIENDS FOR LIFE
TOO LATE NOW, NO RECONCILIATION, BYE, BYE
MAYBE WE WILL BE FRIENDS AGAIN
AND REUNITE IN THE NEXT LIFETIME
© CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 

Happy Father’s Day!

You are my beloved, conceived from love
a blessing from God above
I promised to be instrumental in your life
pledged to aid in your development
 and helped you thrive 
 I taught you not to settle for less
but to aim high
to do no wrong, but to do right 
I am committed to being supportive 
and stand by your side
 you are my joy, you are my pride
so, on this special da
before you pour out your 
tributes and accolades 
reflect on this statistic, this survey
there are millions of absentee dads  
who abandon their family, or run away
in their children's upbringing they did not participate
appreciate me, as one of the many men who stayed
then lavish me with all the praise 
 happy father’s day
© CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 

MY FIRST MOTHER’S DAY

I NURTURED AND PROTECTED YOU
IN MY WOMB, ENCLOSED IN MY COCOON
TILL THE DATE YOU WERE DUE, READY FOR YOUR DEBUT
 I ADORED YOUR SCENT; YOU WERE PRECIOUS AS I DREAMT
THOUGHT YOU WERE HEAVEN SENT
I WAS ENAMORED
BY YOUR CASCADING CURLS 
AS IT FELL ON YOUR BROW
YOUR SMALL HANDS 
YOUR TINY FEET AND YOUR FAT CHEEKS
I CHERISHED OUR JOURNEY OF FORTY WEEKS
I WANT TO BE UPFRONT
AND SAY, YOU ARE THE FIRST PERSON I LOVED
I AM GLAD I WAITED NINE LONG MONTHS
WHEN I SAW YOU
YOU WERE THE EPITOME OF PERFECTION
YOU HAD ALL MY AFFECTION
I AM PLEASED THAT I WAS, YOUR SELECTION
TO BRING YOU INTO THIS WORLD, AND ON THIS EARTH
 TO BE YOUR MOTHER
AND YOU THOUGHT OF NO OTHER

© CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON
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I WILL ALWAYS THANK GOD

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NO MATTER MY CHALLENGES OR DISTRESS
WHETHER FAILURES OR SUCCESS
DAILY I THANK THE LORD, FOR I KNOW I AM BLESSED
NO MATTER THE TRIBULATIONS AND THE DAMNATION
LIFE’S COMPLICATION AND DEGRADATION
THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE, LORD BECAUSE OF YOUR SALVATION
IF I AM PRONE TO SICKNESS OR DECLINING HEALTH
I WILL CONTINUALLY PRAISE THEE, LORD, UNTIL MY LAST BREATH
IF I AM HEALED OR MARKED FOR DEATH
POVERTY STRICKEN AND LEFT WITHOUT WEALTH
I WILL FOREVER WORSHIP YOU, LORD, FROM THE EARTHS’ WIDTH AND DEPTH
DESPITE IN THE DUMPS AND YEARNINGS FOR A BREAKTHROUGH
I WILL ALWAYS GLORIFY YOUR NAME AND DISPLAY GRATITUDE
MY LIFE MAY SEEM CURSED, AND I MAY BE DEEMED A REJECT
BUT REVERENCE TO YOU GOD I WILL ALWAYS PROJECT
WHETHER I AM IN THE EAST, WEST, NORTH, OR SOUTH 
NO MATTER TIME OF PLENTY OR TIME OF FAMINE OR DROUGHT
 IN ANY CROWD I WILL SHOUT OUT LOUD 
 MY BELIEF IN YOU, GOD WILL ALWAYS BE PROFOUND
IN YOUR HOLY NAME I WILL NEVER LOSE FAITH NEITHER BE IN DOUBT 
AND I WILL CONTINUALLY BE A FOLLOWER
BE A DEVOUT
© CHARMAINE ALLWOOD-HANSON 

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