I liked this tale. A 50th Birthday which is just the start of things to come...
Q1: What is your Name?
A1: Lynne Bauer
Q2: What is your Email Address?
Q3: Who do you want the poem written for ?
A3: my sister-in-law who is turning 50.
Q4: Why do you want the poem written ?
A4: She is a special person to me and I can't be there to celebrate with her this weekend.
Q5: What are the key messages you would like the poem to send ?
A5: caring person, grown to take challenges in life, recognizes beauty in the world when taking her hiking adventures and doesn't let risk slow her down! Counting on her for support during hard times.
Q6: Do you have any funny, sad, happy, embarrassing or otherwise memorable moments that you would like to share ?
A6: Falling down a crevace during her hiking adventure. WRiting poetry about her thoughts as she climbed 14,000 feet and felt close to her mom.
Happy - 2 beautiful children who were adopted.
Embarassing - burning the pot on the stove, forgetting to turn the stove off!
Sad - losing her mother to cancer 18 years ago.
Memorable - matrimonial lawyer for over 10 years.
Q7: Do you have any other comments or thoughts ?
A7: Susan has a great sense of humor so it can be light and happy. She enjoys life and doesn't let age stop her. I want her to know how much she means to me and her brother, Larry.
Q8: What style of poem would you prefer ? (Happy, sad, romantic etc.)
A8: Happy, funny.
Q9: Which charity would you like your donation made to ?
A9: Cancer Fund
Q10: Choose either the economy, standard, unique, deluxe or combo package.
I'd like to tell you a story,
I think it'll be one you like,
because it's about a special person,
and a rather special hike.
Life has plenty of valleys,
with many a mountain to climb,
sometimes its hard to find the track,
at others its hard to find the rhyme.
But you are such a wonderful person,
you've risen to the challenges in your life,
a successful career, a beautiful home,
you're a caring Mom and a loving wife.
But life doesn't always go to plan,
you can get stuck in a crevice or two,
but you've always kept calm and collected,
you've always known just what to do.
And we all miss your Mom so very much,
life can't always be a calm and placid sea,
but it's nice that you felt close to her,
when climbing (and rhyming) your poetry.
You are a genuine and caring person,
you've been there when it mattered the most,
we all know that we can rely on you,
you're like a dependable leaning post.
You've been both judge and jury,
counselled many a case over so many years,
you've waded through rivers of emotion,
and probably sailed across a lake of tears.
It must have been hard for you,
reading those lines each and every day,
and then to come home each night,
and not act out the words in the play.
And now your Fifty years are up,
that's about 17,250 days,
but you're still growing so much,
you're growing in so many exciting ways.
And you're a bit of a roamer,
everybody knows that you love to rove,
but beware that two pots and an absent mind,
usually make for a very hot and smoky stove !
And we wonder at your wandering,
off you go when the weather is fine,
wandering into a rock or two,
or wandering right across the line !
So we wanted to wish you the best,
that is what these lines are for,
just know that we love and care for you,
and wish you at least another fifty more.
And as this sentiment comes to an end,
we hope indeed that you like it,
because we have one last wish for you:
Go chase your dream, GO Hike It!
"Hi - I loved the poem but I do have some alterations for it....."
(Note from Ed: We went to the fourth draft - but as the man said - satisfaction guaranteed ! :)
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