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Topic: Peer Pressure (07/05/04)

TITLE: Andrea
By Joyce Poet
07/08/04

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It is written
that He
takes the foolish things
of the world
to confound the wise.

Let it never be said
that Iím unthankful
for the abundance
of knowledge
Iím blessed to possess,
however ...

Born with a half-formed brain,
she regresses often
to the state of a four-year old.
But listen
while she speaks
with wisdom my professors
cannot obtain.

Taken for granted,
ďThe RetardĒ knows
secrets,
secrets that should be obvious
to her know-it-all peers
and those who consider themselves
to be wise.
© Treava Tijerina


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L.M. Lee07/09/04
this is such an insightful piece.

we are truly free when we are truly ourselves.
Lynne Gaunt07/14/04
Dear Treava, what a wonderful poem - you said so much in just a few verses. I must say that my perception of people who are mentally retarded has changed A LOT over the years, and I have witnessed the phenomenon of their remarkable wisdom. Isn't it just like God to bless them like that? If we would only see it. Thank you for posting this.
Marcell Billinghurst07/17/04
Very well written to remind us that simple faith truly does confuse the wise. These special people often have very loving hearts and readily understand the love of God, where more intellectual people often find it hard to grasp the simple truth.
Sarah Balk Bond07/29/04
A beautiful surprise, Andrea is poignant in only a few lines. You seem to capture what everyone feels when it comes to the develpmentally challenged ones they love. Thanks for your dedication, keep it up!
Peggy Yengling07/26/05
Treava, This piece speaks so beautifully about the extraordinary blessings from God's 'special gifts'. He places incredible joy and love in these dear ones and they, in turn, give oh, so much to all whose hearts are open to them! Their light can shine through the darkness and illuminate so many lives! How blessed are those who seek that light! Love, Peggy
Sharon McClean07/26/05
Oh Treava, what a beautiful reminder of how special these people are. I believe that they are angels in disguise, and we need to be careful how we treat them, for they hold a very special place in the heart of God! Love, Sharon