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Nightingale

Kathy A. Wittman 1949 (Tennessee)

The essence of your soul was captured that day
as you rested regally in your wheelchair,
singing praises to your King
amidst the tumultuous babble of your captive audience:
frail people, broken in their bodies, minds, and spirits,
vacantly staring far beyond their dismal, mundane prisons.

Momentarily we transcended Earth's boundaries
as we watched your spirit soar to heights unknown.
We caught a glimpse of Heaven in your ebony eyes,
glistening with joyous anticipation of your deliverance.
While I listened to your sweet, mellow alto voice,
I heard you proclaim the depths of birth, death, and rebirth
rendered by familiar, almost-forgotten spirituals of long ago,
and I knowingly smiled at the thought of your secret rapture.
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Kathy A. Wittman

I am a retired college teacher. In the past, I taught classes in Education, English, and Psychology. At present, I am focused on developing my potential as an artist and writer. I have self-published books in the genres of autobiography, fiction, and poetry. I have a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Tennessee (1972), a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee (1983), and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Foundations from the University of Wyoming (1988). I have taken numerous college classes in Art and Creative Writing over the past decade. I completed an Associate Degree in Art from the Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, Wyoming) in 2018, and I completed a Bachelor's Degree in Art from the University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyoming) in 2020. I consider myself to be a "Life-long Learner". more…

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