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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 03:05 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Carol Murray-Rossi **


THE TWO LITTLE BOYS WHO GREW UP NEXT DOOR

The two little boys who grew up next door,
now U.S. soldiers going off to war.
I remember the freckles, the bikes and games,
giggles and frowns and calling of names.

All the stages of life that little boys go through;
scrapes and bruises, bloody noses too.
The Newport Creamery on a Friday night,
bunking school, camping out all night.

The girls, the dreams, sitting on the back porch,
football, basketball, and sports galore.
Now they’re shaving …and driving,
the teens next door.

Proms and diplomas, those great big grins
Patriot tee-shirts and soccer padded shins.
Ryan worked at Portafino’s and Tom at Shaw’s,
Both contributed to the Light The Night cause.

From toy guns to a mission, larger than most –
I love these grown men, yes, I boast.
They possess such passion, courage and skill.
God will protect them, I know He will.

As we salute you, our love and hearts soar
For the two little boys who grew up next door.

Love,

The Rossi’s … next door



THOUGHTS OF DAD

Musical lyrics and songs from the heart
Accompanied by the organ, more often than not.
Hymns praising Our Lord, or of our Irish decent,
Filled our home over they years, as they came and went.
Dad had many talents, I must ascertain
And his academic strides, were not in vain.
For in his final year, a lifelong dream came to be
When Dad received his college degree.
He developed a great culinary skill,
Which at times proved to tempt his own power of will!
He mastered the art of poetry which he loved so emphatically.
Birthdays with butter upon a nose was not a gift one would of “chose”.
To Dad it was tradition, just as on St. Pat’s
To dress completely in green from our socks to our hats.
The memories are too many to write with my pen,
How tremendous the longing to relive them again.
If only I had told him, what he truly meant to me
To sit on his lap again, wishes the little girl in me.
Still I firmly believe, with all of my heart
His spirit remains and will never depart.
Though we never again will envision his physical form,
He’s still with us as a family though our hearts have been torn.
When I feel suddenly content, with no apparent reason why
I venture to say “ maybe Dad’s close by”.
He’ll know each new joy we will come to face
Be it for our children, our lover, or whatever the case.
He’s still to be included, he’ll always be a part
Because he still lives in each one of our hearts.

Love,
Carol

April 1988



Visualization

Paint a promising future with your

Hopes and dreams

As an artist would paint his canvas

Utilizing strokes of color and images.

You will fulfill your life’s goals

With the passion and faith you hold

Just as the artist completes his masterpiece,

With his creative vision and inner soul.



Carol Murray-Rossi lives in Warwick, RI. "I have always found writing to be an outlet for my inner most thoughts and feelings," Murray-Rossi says. "I find writing to be a personal healing tool and spiritual connection to my highest self. My desire to have my writing published has been enhanced greatly since my diagnosis in 2003, of multiple myeloma, an incurable blood and bone marrow cancer. I am a firm believer that the greatest trials in life bring the greatest rewards. This holds true to my belief that I have been given the challenge of having to confront end of life issues, so as to love myself enough to honor the person I am."


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