Against every season's landscape
From summer's green to winter's bare limbs,
I have watched these three souls
Learn to trust again, and become friends.
They came from very different places
And to me at different times,
But from the moment I saw each brown eye,
I knew I was theirs and they were mine.
I will never know who once taught one to be so loving,
Or who gave confidence to the one so bold and sure,
Or the man who inflicted such pain,
That the third one had to endure.
I can never know how their spirits have persevered,
Or what their eyes have seen,
But, my thanks will always be to those who spared them
From what their fates might have been.
For myself, I only know what joy they bring,
And how I want their lives only filled with bliss,
And, I only know they are my "Shades of the Earth",
Known to my heart as Calypso, Flag, and Chris . . .
M.A. Mercer 5/95
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