Lemon Bay Evening

Lemon Bay Evening

Friday, June 24, 2011


The following is a poem by my granddaughter, Arrielle. This morning we discussed an incident which occurred yesterday, in her life, which ended in a discipline of short term suspension from an activity for all who were in some or any way involved. "I was in the wrong place, at the wrong time." These are her words to me regarding the event. "Are you okay with the discipline you received?", I asked her. Her response amazed me, in the maturity she revealed; "I understand that everyone who had any part in this, had to be treated equally. My greatest regret, is that I have disappointed Officer N, by my involvement, regardless of how much or little it was." Taking a deep breath to regain my composure, I asked one more question. "Have you told her how you feel this way?" Arrielle replied, "No, I haven't had the chance yet, but I plan on talking to her Monday."

Finishing our conversation with the idea of expressing feelings through writing, and this venue for posting, so we can learn from our own experiences expressed, I opened my email hours later to find this...


by Arrielle Smith

Lightning Strikes When Least Expected

Nothing Can Prepare You for the Pain of a Broken Heart

But the Night is Darkest Just before Dawn

And if You Just Keep Holding On

Hope Will Never Be Lost

Because Hope Will Live Within You and You Alone

Because No One Can Bring You Down

Once Lightning Strikes

You Will Be Strongest In Who You Are

Never Letting Go, Never Looking Back

No Mistakes, No Regrets

The Only Way to Know For Sure

Is to Try