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Our Days Are Numbered ~ Poem.

Updated on October 18, 2013

You ever have a day where you are feeling down?

This poem was written when my day couldn't seem to jump-start itself.

Often I sit down and reflect upon the good things that we have in life.

I release the bad by writing about it.

This is a picture from a greeting card my grandfather gave me, "to his daughter".
This is a picture from a greeting card my grandfather gave me, "to his daughter". | Source

Family celebrating together.

Birthday party with cousins.
Birthday party with cousins. | Source
I was the birthday girl.  The baby in white.
I was the birthday girl. The baby in white. | Source

When she was born.

When she arrived, at the hospital that day,

Her mama said her hair was wavy,

And her father wanted to name her May.


She took the family by surprise,

as she opened up her eyes,

And they shared hugs through their cries.


This beautiful baby girl,

was born a miracle in all rights,

like an oyster makes a pearl.


Someone once cared.

Someone once cried.

A baby girl to call their own.

Those tears were finally dried.


My "father".

This is a picture of my grandfather.  This was taken around the time I was born.
This is a picture of my grandfather. This was taken around the time I was born. | Source

When she was three.

When she was three,

It was the first time she disobeyed,

She fell down hard upon her knee.


Her grandpa picked her up,

With his big strong arms,

As she got to pet her first pup.


Grandpa hid the dog in his coat.

He would have done anything for her,

Including buying her a goat.


Someone cared for that little girl,

As the stars shine above,

She was the glory in his own world!


Someone once cared.

Someone once cried.

A baby girl to call their own.

Those tears were finally dried.

Growing up on the farm.

My father teaching me about lambs.  He bought baby lambs.  He taught me how to bottle feed them while I held them in my lap.
My father teaching me about lambs. He bought baby lambs. He taught me how to bottle feed them while I held them in my lap. | Source
My dog Zipper.  True story, my father came home from work with Zipper as a tiny puppy zipped inside his coat.
My dog Zipper. True story, my father came home from work with Zipper as a tiny puppy zipped inside his coat. | Source

My sister.

My baby sister.  I lived with her until she was 2.  Then I was taken away.
My baby sister. I lived with her until she was 2. Then I was taken away. | Source

When she was seven.

At seven, she was so sad,

To leave her mama and her past,

It all happened very fast.


The car sped away from her home,

And her sister left alone,

It brought coldness to her bones.


At school the next day,

She wore a new coat and brought her bear,

But no matter, the kids wouldn't play.


She came out of her own shell,

As she advanced in her grades,

She knew then she'd be well.


Someone once cared.

Someone once cried.

A baby girl to call their own.

Those tears were finally died.

My "mother" in the blue dress. RIP.

My mom married when I was 4.  This was a picture of her wedding.
My mom married when I was 4. This was a picture of her wedding. | Source

When she was thirty-two.

At thirty-two she cried again,

Oh Mama, Oh Mama,

This time for her very best friend.


Alone to carry on,

Still fleeing from the memories,

That haunt her all day long.


What would she do,

Where would she go,

She could do what she wanted to.


Someone once cared.

Someone once cried.

A baby girl to call their own.

Those tears were finally dried.


A rose in my garden.
A rose in my garden. | Source

At thirty-nine.

Just yesterday has gone away,

What happened to her days,

Feeling like she went astray.


With such joy her children bring,

How come she feels like crying,

As she sees knew hope of Spring.


The pain in her eyes,

Can't be spoken in words,

For the years that have gone by.


Where will she go from here?

The storm is brewing some more,

Does anyone even care?


Someone once cared.

Someone once cried.

A baby girl to call their own.

Those tears were finally dried.


My "father". He is in the care of Hospice at this time.

I will always love you.  It's so hard to let go.
I will always love you. It's so hard to let go. | Source

Her days were numbered with her family.

If she could do it all around,

What would she remember to tell her friends,

About the beauty that she had found.


The peace she found in life,

Through the hard times that came around.

Even through times of strife.


What about the lessons that she learned,

In life,

From every corner that she turned.


Despite having it so hard,

She made the best of it she could,

And she never felt slightly scarred.


Someone once cared.

Someone once cried.

A baby girl to call their own.

Those tears were finally dried.

Rest peacefully.

From a greeting card my father gave me.
From a greeting card my father gave me. | Source

Dedication.

This is dedicated to all who wander this way thinking that life is something we just live.

Life is not only what we get through, but also what we put in to it that makes it so unique.


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      Taiwo Kareem 3 years ago from Salford

      Nice piece of poetry

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Suzanne. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. My grandfather is finally at peace. I miss him dearly, but I'm so thankful to have had the privilege of knowing such a kind-hearted man as my father.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you so much Shyron! Your words are very thoughtful and kind.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you Moonlake! My grandfather passed away the day before Thanksgiving. He is finally at peace.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Brandi, (CraftytotheCore) Do you ever read poems that you have to come back and read and read again, this is one such poem.

      Voted Up A/B/I and shared.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      A lovely, but sad poem. I grasped some of your story through the captions. May you feel stronger with the love of your father in later life, as well as the love of your mother earlier on. x

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Shyron for your thoughtful and kind words.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Brandi, (CraftytotheCore) this is beautiful. Voted up, UAI and shared.

      Shyron

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Fossillady for your lovely and thoughtful comments.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh, this is so beautiful touching. . . it kept me wanting to hear more all the way through . . .

      Someone once cared.Someone once cried.A baby girl to call their own. Those tears were finally dried

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Marie! Thank you so much for your thoughtful and lovely comments. I truly believe that what we put in, we get back! :D

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      Life is something that is precious. It is something that is very unique. What one man sows another man reaps. What we put into life, we can hope to get it back ten fold.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Foemeno! It's nice to see you. Thank you for your comment.

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      David Charles 4 years ago from New York

      It was entertaining for 10 seconds, not a good thing, I should say time filling.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Joe! I love those old photos. I'm so glad my grandmother saved them for me. :D

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much annart! Your kind comments are truly appreciated.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Brandi, you write with compelling conviction. Thank you for sharing, as always, from the heart. The beautiful vintage pictures were such perfect complements to your prose poetry.

      Hugs and sweet aloha!

      ~Joe

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Such a beautiful poem! Your first for HP? Well, you'd better do some more and not hide your talent for this genre. Up, etc. Ann

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much CrisSp! Your comments mean a lot to me my friend.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Mixed emotions from this reader of yours...there is sadness and happiness and cuteness. Quite a story to tell but you've said it well straight from the heart--that I can very much feel.

      Love from the sky~

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      I'm not making sense I see. LOL Sorry EP. I'm just having one of those days. Nevermind. That last comment is foolish. Thank you for such wonderful comments my friend!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Ha! I'm sorry EP! I messed up my last comment. I thought you were on the poem one. Well, it looks like you found it! LOL

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Good job!!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much EP! First time at poetry here on HP. :D

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      So very beautiful, heartfelt and simply amazing. I absolutely love this.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much PegCole! Your comments are very thoughtful and kind. I appreciate them very much!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi Dream On! Thank you so much for commenting. I hope you have a lovely day as well!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These are such beautiful pictures to go along with your memories. What a sweet little baby you were and your loving Grandpa was there to help lift you up. Your poem is deeply meaningful. I love the name you chose for your puppy. How cute.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your poem as you took me through the years.So many different times we reflect on each sharing happiness and tears I hope your day goes beautiful.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you Sha! I used to write a lot of poetry when I was a child. I would submit my poems to contests. I only ever got honorable mention. We had a neighbor that was a poet. He was elderly. He walked around the yard with me reciting poetry to me after his wife died. He finally re-married and moved far away. I don't know what happened to him after that.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      And she writes poetry, too folks! I love this poem, Crafty. It shows just how strong you really are.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Kidscrafts! That's the one thing I think a lot of young women deserve credit for. Standing tough through it all. I still have relatives that know very little about me. I find it truly encouraging that I can share my words on HP with Hubber Friends, and I get so much positive uplifting on here. I truly thank you and everyone else for that! It really does make my day. :D

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a beautiful poem, Crafty! I have tears in my eyes! It has not been an easy road for you but I think through all you are a fighter! Some might crumble through that experience but you fought and just blossomed to make your own life better! I am glad that you had some happy memories from your past and also pictures!

      Have a great weekend filled with good times to fill up your good memory box :-)

      Voted up and beautiful!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you tobusiness for such wonderful comments. It's so nice to see you today!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This is so very special, thank you for sharing and reminding us that life is a winding path, sometimes rough sometimes sublime, but always worth the journey. Beautifully done.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      DDE, Thank you so much! I truly value your input always.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Faith, such lovely comments. Thank you so much for your kind words and always being there to say such nice things.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Jackie! Your comments mean so much to me.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Heather! Hugs right back to you. :D

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Flourish, for your thoughtful comments. You are always so graceful in your comments. It's truly appreciated.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Billy, thank you so much! I had to go out of town yesterday after publishing this and wasn't sure how it would go over. It's my first poem for HP. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Our Days Are Numbered truly amazing and so beautifully approached. The photos are awesome and you just know how to present your hubs voted up and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes ... beautiful beyond words ... and tears for it is so very beautiful, precious heart. You are beautiful and have a beautiful heart. Thank you for sharing this intimate piece.

      Up and more

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      If we didn't love life why would we want to live forever? Beautiful. Thanks for sharing so much. ^

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      I don't have words to do justice to how beautiful this is.

      Hugs to you my friend.

      Heather

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Beautiful words and bittersweet memories. You have faced so much in your life thus far and have found a way to flourish anyway thanks to the stability and strength of influences like your Huffy. You are strong like him.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Brandi, that was beautiful. Do I really need to say anything else? Beautiful. I had a smile on my face and tears in my eyes while I read this. :)

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Jhamann. It's my first poem here. :D

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Incredible and beautiful and all things good. Thank you for sharing this intimate portrait. Jamie