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sunflowers

Sometimes you have to create your own sunshine…

CL Gillmore

Forever Sunflower Friends

As a teacher of multiple disabilities children for over 25 years…the words to many of my poems came through inspiration as I watched their daily struggles…

Each and every letter I penned
Began in much the same way:
“On behalf of seventy special students today
Could you help and be a Sunflower’s Friend?”

For over the years, our numbers have grown
And now we need a place of our own.
A place where wheelchairs can come and go,
And fragile friends can swing to and fro.

A place to explore on hand and knee,
With things to touch when eyes cannot see.
Where trickling waters and fine white sands
Sift and flow over stiff, small hands.

A place where a special child can just be a kid.
To watch, to play, to dream at their bid,
With the sun in their faces, and the wind in their hair.
Unique gifts from God’s hand with so much to share.

Words seem so inadequate and somehow don’t relay
Just how very thankful we are to all of you each day.
For you truly caught our vision, you truly saw their need.
And now you will ever be forever Sunflower Friends, indeed!”

by CL Gillmore
Poem from the collection “Of Roots, Shoes and Rhymes”

The Little Sunflowers

Excerpt from “Of Roots, Shoes and Rhymes”

By ~ C. L. Gillmore

The Little Sunflowers

The Little Sunflowers grow toward the light,

And always with colors so brilliant and bright,

Some may be straight and some may be bent,

But each little flower is still heaven-sent.

FOREVER SUNFLOWER FRIENDS

 

Special friends are like flowers in an every growing bouquet, gathered one by one through out your life.  Each one unique within the arrangement…yet together make the loveliest remembrance.

Forever Sunflower Friends

Each and every letter I penned
Began in much the same way:
“On behalf of seventy special students today
Could you help and be a Sunflower’s Friend?

For over the years, our numbers have grown
And now we need a place of our own.
A place where wheelchairs can come and go,
And fragile friends can swing to and fro.

A place to explore on hand and knee,
With things to touch when eyes cannot see.
Where trickling waters and fine white sands
Sift and flow over stiff, small hands.

A place where a special child can just be a kid.
To watch, to play, to dream at their bid,
With the sun in their faces, and the wind in their hair.
Unique gifts from God’s hand with so much to share.

Words seem so inadequate and somehow don’t relay
Just how very thankful we are to all of you each day.
For you truly caught our vision, you truly saw their need.
And now you will ever be Forever Sunflower Friends, indeed!”

–    C L Gillmore Copyright 2010

Thank You For Being a Friend

God Only Knows..


I’m having dinner tonight with former Sunflower School parents, student & assistants. For over 25 years parents, students and assistants brought such joy and meaning into my life each day as I stepped into my classroom.  The parents brought their tenacity and strength, my assistants brought their patience and kindness, and those special little students brought their unconditional love.  I miss them and carry them in my heart each day.  “God only knows what I’d be without them…in my life.”

 

The Little Sunflowers

 

The Little Sunflowers grow toward the light,
And always with colors so brilliant and bright.
Some may be straight and some may be bent,
But each little flower is still heaven-sent.

The Little Sunflowers are delicate, yet strong
And can brave life’s storms as they come along.
They never give up, they continue to grow,
Giving to all seeds of inspiration to sow.

One Little Sunflower is unique and fine,
But a garden of Sunflowers is simply divine.
They show us their beauty, strength and grace.
They show us a glimpse of God’s heavenly face.

May we all grow as the Little Sunflowers do
Letting their strength and beauty renew
The goodness, the kindness and love in us all,
Whether we struggle, or stand perfectly tall.

–C L Gillmore, copyright 2011