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Innocence

An end of summer lullaby
glides on an evening breeze.
We watch a little dragonfly
dance out from distant trees.

He pokes and prods the summer air
soaring through the light.
our children laugh without care,
some magic in this flight.

An end of summer lullaby
keeps days that do not end.
The sweet and heartfelt promises,
a tender summer friend.

Our children play and dance along,
all adventures won!
Not noticing this summer song
beneath the setting sun.

 

 

 

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Walk to End Lupus Now!

Dear Friends and Family,

It’s that time of year again! I will be walking in Atlanta’s ninth annual Walk to End Lupus Now this Saturday, May 2nd at Piedmont Park in Atlanta and I need your help! The Walk to End Lupus Now raises funds, advocacy and awareness for the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of American.

I walk to give hope, to inspire, to make a difference and to find a cure! As team captain for The Purple Penguins I would like to extend an invitation for you to join our team, help us spread the word and garner increased support in our fundraising efforts.

My personal goal is to raise $1,000 to help my family and every other family that is affected by this incurable, confusing, often times debilitating and chronic disease. The funds we raise through the walk will ensure our chapter continues to provide and expand upon their efforts in supporting research, education, and advocacy as well as support for those living with lupus.

Please visit my webpage, Christina Hardman’s Lupus Walk Donation Page to make a tax-deductible donation and to join my team. You may use a credit card on the secured website to receive an emailed tax receipt. You can also send a check payable to the Georgia Chapter with the form available on my website.

Ninety percent of every dollar we raise stays in Georgia ensuring our chapter continues to be a lifeline and a voice of hope, raising awareness and fighting for Lupus families. The Georgia chapter also supports national research efforts by funding and advocating for investment in Lupus.

Ten years ago barely anyone discussed Lupus, there was little awareness and understanding of the signs and symptoms of this ailment and very little investment in research. Unfortunately we still have a long way to go. Ask anyone with this disease and you’ll hear a myriad of miserable stories ranging from a decade of puzzling severe symptoms before diagnosis, to organ failure, frequent trips to the E.R. hospitalization, difficulty moving or the passing of loved ones with the same condition. We need to put and end to these stories, stories told with a special kind of resolve and determination. All lupus survivors deserve our help.

In 2011 the first new drug for Lupus treatment in 52 years was finally approved, giving hope to the 1.5 million American men, women and children living with Lupus. We are beginning to make strides but must ensure efforts to diagnose, understand, fight and eradicate this disease, continue at a more rapid pace. Please visit our chapter website at http://www.lupusga.org for more information and to get involved.

I thank you so much for your support! Please feel free to forward my request to anyone you feel would support me and/or my team in the Walk to End Lupus Now! You may, as well, contact me at any time for more information or with any questions. Together, we can make a tremendous difference!

Best Regards,

Christina D. Hardman

C.Ferrari.Hardman@gmail.com

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Passing Kisses

I’ve sordid thoughts I’d barter for something long since gone.
Instead, we linger, carving deep, tomorrow’s grave.

Dropping time and passing kisses in muddled understanding,
words obsolete against jaded suits.
Apologies, grains of sand, slide deep into this rift,
shrouded in betrayals, pleas of hardened hearts.

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May I ask for your support as I “Walk to End Lupus Now?”

Dear Friends and Family,

I will be walking in the 8th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, the largest LFA walk in the country!  At present, 55,000 Georgians are living with Lupus. The Walk to End Lupus Now raises funds and awareness for the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of American.  As team captain for The Purple Penquins I would like to extend an invitation for you to join our team, help us spread the word and garner increased support in our fundraising efforts.

My personal goal is to raise $1,000 to help our family and any other family that is affected by this still incurable, confusing and often times debilitating disease.  I walk to give hope, to inspire, to make a change and to find a cure!  The funds raised through the walk will ensure our chapter continues to provide and expand the only statewide, free educational programs, advocacy and awareness efforts including seven Lupus symposiums and new support groups across Georgia.  Will you support my commitment and help me reach my personal fundraising goal?  

Please visit my webpage, http://www.lupuswalkatlanta.com/purplepenguins or the Purple Penquins team page, http://www.lupuswalkatlanta.com/purplepenquins to join my team and/or make a tax-deductible donation.  You may use a credit card on the secured website to receive an emailed tax receipt.  You can also send a check payable to the Georgia Chapter with the form available on my website.

Ninety percent of every dollar we raise stays in Georgia ensuring our chapter continues to be a lifeline and a voice of hope, raising awareness and fighting for Lupus families.  The Georgia chapter also supports national research efforts by funding and advocating for investment in Lupus.

Ten years ago barely anyone discussed Lupus, there was little awareness and understanding of the signs and symptoms of this ailment and very little investment in research.  In 2011 the first new drug for Lupus treatment in 52 years was finally approved, giving hope to the 1.5 million American men, women and children living with Lupus.  We are beginning to make strides but must ensure efforts to diagnose, understand, fight and eradicate this disease, continue at a more rapid pace.  Please visit our chapter website at http://www.lupusga.org  for more information or to get involved.

Thank you so much for your support!  I will keep you updated as I reach my goal.  Please feel free to forward my request to anyone you feel would support me and/or my team in the Walk to End Lupus Now! You may, as well, contact me at any time for more information or with any questions.  Together, we can make a tremendous difference!

Best Regards,

Christina D. Hardman

C.Ferrari.Hardman@gmail.com

 

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Construction

We once set out to build a fence to keep our dreams intact, because everyone has a fence or needs one to stop the hemorrhage of bad  manners.  Good intentions leave a ragged, rotten pile of mess in the corners of our minds while the gypsies stay contained inside cinder freedoms.  They construct our plastic lives, stamping instructions on good graces.  And feast upon our hearts, these lost gypsy souls, until we’re flesh made stone.  Our eyes focus on some distant nowhere, the place we all seek.  But forever is far away and yesterday, a dream constructed from the disembodied rubbish of daily life.  So we soil our hands uprooting snow-capped peaks while digging for the sun.  And, heeding the cry that’s lost its way, we walk through empty miles in silent judgmental longings.

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Music Box

Confined by the concentric overtures of her clockwork’s steady beat,
A porcelain figurine waltzes through melancholy strains.
Tempo bound by another’s hand she twirls in sync with discordant melody,
So she borrows your sturdy shoulder and sheds her painted tears while you reach toward nothing more than gilt curiosity.
Beneath the lunar glow distorting thoughts and realities,
Is the playing of fragile lives,
And a duet with one’s self.

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Spring

In silent reverie,
Atop a wood planked paradise,
Sweet blooms and tobacco burn out the last lights of a warm spring day.
Delicate velvet blossoms drape bowed, sagging beneath weighted brilliance, divided.
Ten miles or the length of steel and wood, my hand can no longer reach you.
I bend and elevate limbs, the birds’ evening lullaby weeping soft accompaniment.
Synchronized with crooked wings, we’ve dipped and swayed on an invisible breeze,
Strongholds colliding along dusk’s strange illumination.
A prey to this vernal tempest, plummeting through stilled air,
I take you under my broken wing so we can fall together.

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