By Sara Kendrick
The trip to church on Sunday wasn't long
Down dry dusty country roads closer roamed
Hearts did rejoice when singing love's sweet song
Precious memories now deeply intoned
A home filled to the brim with kith and kin
No evidence of the grief she suffered
When in her youth tales of such loss did spin
By age of twenty-five her life crumbled
Joys of a young bride with husband beside
Darling daughters three in tow~gone~from life
Oh, life’s issues such hard brazen blows inside
No longer was she a mother and wife
Her faith in a loving God never failed
She had strength of character which prevailed
I have been doing some research about my biological family
I found that my father's mother was married in her youth
and had three daughters which all died as did her husband..
She married my grandfather and then had four sons which
all lived. She never gave up her faith through it all. What strength.
From the editor--It is a privilege to announce that Sara Kendrick is November’s Poet of the Month. She is a talented writer that has been published in a variety of venues. Readers at Whispers relate to her heartfelt poetry. Sara regularly leaves thoughtful comments which others appreciate. She has collaborated with other writers on poems that have been featured at Whispers and has brought new writers to our online journal. It is a pleasure to present Sara with this honor!
Thoughts on “Strength”--Sara sets the tone of the poem in the first two lines which are rich in imagery. Based on a true story, this poem has a powerful impact. We all have losses and challenges. It’s what we do with them that counts in life. Sara portrays a woman of amazing courage--“No evidence of the grief she suffered.” This poem conveys a real hero, one that was a light despite all she suffered. This is a wonderful piece with a timeless message.
Congratulations and thank you Sara! I appreciate all you do and have done for Whispers.
Karen O’Leary, Editor