A Very Special Child

A Very Special Child ©
(Dedicated to Matthew)
Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.
August 5, 2021

In life sometimes an angel appears
As a child with adversity to endure
Yet absolute truth from his mouth would flow
So honest, refreshing and pure
And so in our lives such a child did appear
Diminutive, cherubic and sweet
A smile that would melt a glacier
Often in pain from his head to his feet
Brain and body constantly struggling
Struggling just to survive
Daily functions we’d take for granted
Each day a miracle that he remained alive
To live in this world he was driven
“Please and thank you!”
Would fill each day
Every moment replete with music and laughter
Warming your soul like the sun’s healing ray
He knew pure truth as truth should be
No judgments, nor bias nor hate
Once loudly fortelling my nuptial
which came true….and it wasn’t just fate
For this innocent child so wracked with pain
Saw beyond the societal norm
And recognized that love is love
Seeing the future in a much purer form
I would love to say the angel lives on
To bless this world today
But his frail and painful body and mind
On earth just could no longer stay
Forever blessed we will always be
His blessings we can never repay
We know his love lives on forever
For eternity and a day

About this poem

Remembering an angel who blessed our world.

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Written on August 05, 2021

Submitted by shulman.gary on August 05, 2021

Modified by shulman.gary on August 06, 2021

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,228
Words 233
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 33

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed. has spent a lifetime supporting vulnerable families and children. He began his career working with children with and without disabilities in an inclusive Head Start program in Brooklyn NY. He then transitioned to become the Special Needs and Early Childhood Coordinator for the Brooklyn Children's Museum for 10 years. His passion for advocacy grew as he worked more and more with parents of children with disabilities. For over 24 years he passionately advocated for the needs of these parents as the Social Services and Training Director for Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. in NYC. The last 8 years of his working life, Mr. Shulman served as a private Special Needs Consultant conducting hundreds of training sessions throughout NYC and beyond to help parents and professionals find and access the services and systems required to facilitate maximizing the potential of their children with disabilities. Now Mr. Shulman is happily retired in Palm Springs CA, but still volunteers his time any way he can to provide information to those in need of his expertise. Today, Gary enjoys sharing his poetry that he passionately writes with the goal of leaving this world a better place one word at a time. more…

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