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Voice From the Heart



Not seeing her for Thirty Years
Might make a man quite shy,
Not knowing how she might respond
Yet not afraid to try.
Not being there for all those times
Might make me feel Apart,
Not being exactly what she needs
Yet yearning for her Heart.
Not wanting time to pass me by
Might make me rush the pace,
And missing precious time to see
The wonder of her face.
Not ever being all she wants
Might cause a man to fear,
Not wanting to be less than all
Yet be what I appear.
Not saying words I want to say
Might be the lesser choice
Than being silent in her life,
So, I choose Poetry’s Voice

About this poem

I wrote this poem about being reunited with my wife after 30 years since we were teenage sweethearts. I chronicaled our reunion in my latest book, "Counting My Blessings."

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Written on May 02, 1995

Submitted by Yahoody on August 14, 2021

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Lawrence Walters

I am 80 years old. I was raised in a small town in the 50's. I served twenty-one years in the Marine Corps as a Maintenance Data Analyst. I was a Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California, Champion horseshoe pitcher in 1980. In 1972 I was among twenty-six Marines selected (out of 180,000 Marines to attend Palomar Junior College on the Marine Corps Associate Degree Completion Program. I obtained a Batchelor of Business Administration from Chapman College in 1978. After my retirement from the Marine Corps in 1980 as a Master Sergeant, I spent ten years as a Senior Claims Adjuster for Safeco Insurance in Spokane, Washington. As a Bicycle Advocate, I worked with local governments and law enforcement agencies to design bike lanes, in bicycle accident investigation, and bicycle rack construction and location. I directed a Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Spokane, Washington. As the Bicycle Safety and Education Director for the Bicycle Federation of Washington State, I worked with state legislators and the Bicycle Lobby to complete the 1991 Washington State Bicycle Bill. I was a Veteran bicycle racer for thirteen years, winning both road race and trial state championships. After retiring from racing, I toured the US by bicycle and led bicycle tours. As a League of American Wheelman Bicycle Safety Instructor, I taught safe cycling to both adults and school children. I ride my recumbent bicycle (even though I am "confined" to a wheelchair.) After I rededicated my life to Christ in 1995, I was active in Men's Ministry, served in church offices as Council, Board Chair, and Treasurer. I re-entered the work force as an Insurance Inspector in 1995. I served as the Administrator for Helping Hands Homeless Shelter, I was an avid skydiver, completing seventy-two free falls. I was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease in 2003. I have written an (unpublished) book, "Stop the Anger - The Fourth Generation,”), and a pictorial paperback about my four children, entitled “Passing Thoughts Along the Way.” My wife, Carol Ann and I were married in 1996. Carol is the most wonderful person in the world and is also a wonderful care-giver. I stand in awe of the wonderful life God has blessed me with, as chronicled in my latest book, “Counting My Blessings.” I am currently contemplating my next book. more…

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