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Poem - Your Finest Hour

Updated on September 27, 2012

For my friend Robert who is caring for a dying mother and is struggling with life AS WE ALL DO AT TIMES:

You ask yourself
Why me?
Why do I have to be so strong?
I didn't ask for this
I didn't deserve this
Yet here I am
With the walls closing in
There is no room for my life
Only my mind
Only memories
Only giving
Only caring
But I cannot see
There is no space for me
Why God?
Why?
You have chosen the wrong one
I am not that strong
When my eyes open
I remember what I want to forget
What curse have you brought?
Where happy memories bring sorrow
Yet there must be some good
Some good to happy memories
Does the curse actually sustain me?
Does it?
Is that what carries me through?
How can I know?
You have chosen me for this test
Why?

Because my child
You are stronger than you know
You are strong enough to be the last
You are strong enough to carry the legacy
You are strong enough to put your life on hold
You are strong enough to put love above all else
Even your life
And your future
You must trust me my child
Trust that you will not love in vain
Trust that you will not sacrifice and die
You must live
And see honor
In your life
In your despair
Though you fail to see what I see
I tell you now
You are living
in your finest hour
Nothing you have done compares
This is the moment of human worth
Yes you cry
Yes you hurt
But you inspire as never before
You are being watched
And admired
Because others wonder
If they will be chosen
As you
And they are afraid
And so
You must continue to believe
In yourself
And in life
Your life
Because from this day forward
You will be known
As the strong one

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @pmccray - thank you. This one is real and my friend was/is hurting so it seems the emotions power the words... He's in a tough spot...

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      You're an excellent wordsmith. How sad when one must take care of a parent. So many emotions to deal with, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Voted up, marked beautiful and awesome and shared.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @maven - I know you're cool... that shooter stuff sounds good but I'm out of shape... maybe a Jagerbomb would be better! In reality I appreciate real criticism that is intended to improve and not tear down and I feel that's what I get from you so when you show up with praise I know I can take it to the bank. Stay well...

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I just finished reading your updated profile page...Honest reflection gleams from every sentence...Tough love..? Probably so, but I'm really just a big Teddy Bear that wants you to succeed, and my comments should always be taken with a healthy slug of salt, followed by a tequila shooter, and finished with a wedge of lime, bitten hard...

      Stay well, my friend...Larry

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @maven - thank you for commenting... he needs our support... as he said on Facebook: "it's hard to be the last one left in your family." Christmas was touch for him as it heightened the emotional effect... I just wanted him to see some good in his actions in order to mitigate his despair... what else can you say to someone?

      By the way, have you seen my updated profile? I've given you a place of honor...

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      How we deal with that strongest of all tyrannies, the tyranny of the weak, defines our character...With me it is a question of honor, not duty...It is simply expected...no heroics or self-promotion, simply the right thing to do...I could never live with myself had I denied my obligation to care for my parents in their time of need...My brothers and sister felt privileged to be there for them when they needed us...

      Your prescient line " Nothing you have done compares

      This is the moment of human worth " defines that honor and privilege...You have written a wonderfully thoughtful tribute to your friend which he will cherish ...Larry

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Vern - thanks first of all for all the comments you've made today... I think it's true that we unknowingly inspire others through our actions. And if we only knew it would make us feel better about our choices and possibly mitigate those "what's the use" questions in our minds....

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      Vernon Bradley 7 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      What I like best are the lines "You are being watched and admired..."

      We typically are CLUELESS how much we are watched and admired, and if we were more conscious, we might not ask the other questions!! It is incomprehensible sometimes how many people are watching and "using" us as inspiration, motivation, or as silent mentor. If he/she can do it, so can I kind of thing.

      Of course when we are really worn out and not wanting to open our eyes one more time, we don't give a hoot!! So I guess it all goes hand in hand.

      Thanks for the po-em.

      Vern

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Edoka - thank you... I don't know about amazing but it is how I feel....

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      Edoka Writes 7 years ago

      Wow! Amazing...

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Kenneth - thank you and I agree that trials can make you stronger...

      @maurice - thank you and I'm glad you could relate to this....

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      maurice underwood 7 years ago

      wow this is a really nice spoke volumes in my life .. thanks so much for sharing

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      KENNETH 7 years ago

      I REALLY LIKED THIS POEM, I CAN RELATE TO IT. SOMETIMES LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES SEEM LIKE A BURDEN, BUT ACTUALLY THEY

      ARE LIFE BUILDING EXERCISES.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Bellawritter - thank you! :)

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      Erica Sanchez 7 years ago from California

      always a pleasure to read your hubs you give such an extended vision to thoughts. Thanks for the read :O)

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @DIR-ACT - thank you... your friends explanation sure is more succinct...

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      Madelon Janssen 7 years ago from Papendrecht

      A friend allways used to say to me "you never get more than you can carry". Your explination is a far better one.

      Thank you.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @imatellmuva - I just felt bad about his struggles. You're right about the caretaker needing some love too... it's a tough situation; watching a loved one pass slowly before your eyes along with the personal sacrifices.... thank you...

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      imatellmuva 7 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

      TSP....whew...profound...heartfelt... This resonate's with me and I have to save this as a reminder. I took care of my Grandmother before she passed, and now I and a brother take care of our disabled mother. I empathize with your friend because the caregiver needs care too.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Jean - Of course you may... I hope it helps and I am honored that you would do this....

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      Jean Bakula 7 years ago

      Hi Poet,

      I have a dear friend who lost his Mom last week. He was often her caretaker and was with her when she passed. Do you mind if I pass a copy of this poem on to him? I know he is asking himself those questions, and unsure if he was strong enough.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Always - thank you so much... I'm just writing poems... he's the one who is doing the heavy lifting...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very touching.You're a wonderful friend.God Bless you and Robert.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Doug - thank you my friend... I truly appeciate it... it's hard to sit there and helplessly watch someone you care about go through their own private hell....

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      Doug Turner Jr. 7 years ago

      Well he's lucky to have a friend like you to catalogue (very poetically, I might add) what he's going through. Up and beautiful here.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Dee - yeah it all helps... thank you again and you keep doing what you do...

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      The thoughts and prayers of friends and family are like the wings of angels lifting one ever so slightly. I do believe that your tribute poem to your friend acting as "angel wings". Keep on doing what you do because you do it so well.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Dee - thank you again and I posted your prayer onto Facebook so that he can know that even strangers care.... I believe the poem helped if at least for a moment...

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      Your friend will be in my prayers as I ask God to "Send forth your light and your truth let them guide..." What a beautiful tribute to your friend and I know that he is encouraged by you, your thoughts and prayers and by these most powerful and profound words. Suburban Post you keep raising the bar.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @CMCastro - thank you!

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      Christina M. Castro 7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Beautiful and inspiring. It's Good to listen to God!

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Ashantina - thank you... I hope it helps....

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      Ashantina 7 years ago

      You heal through words....

      Beautiful.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Jayme - I hope it resonates with the intended audience. Thank you for saying these things....

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      Jaymeyaroch 7 years ago from Somewhere between today and yesterday.

      This is so beautiful, heartfelt! I hope that your friend can draw the same kind of inspiration from your words that I have.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Rhonda - thank you!

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      Rhonda Musch 7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      A very beautiful poem.

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      Mark Lecuona 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @cmaree, Azure_sky & Daeknlovely - thank you and this one is about a real situation that happens far to often....

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      Annie 7 years ago from NewYork

      Profound thank for sharing

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      azure_sky 7 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

      Awesome, and much appreciated!!!

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      cmaree 7 years ago

      This is a lovely poem. Nicely done :)

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