I am the Clown

On Sunday’s I’m posting poetry written by my mother-in-law, Bettie Lou. Writing poetry was a form of therapy after losing her husband and then her youngest son in 1985.IMG_0300

I am the Clown

I have a sadness inside of me –

A sadness that I alone can see.

I am the clown who laughs and sings.

The clown who handles everything.

            I am the clown.

I want to sing. I want to dance.

I want to laugh. I want to cry.

My voice is weird and so am I.

I’ll say my prayers. The tears will dry.

Sing the songs and clap your hands.

Bring in the clown who laughs and sings.

The clown who handles everything.

            I am the clown.

Bettie Lou died in February, 2010 from Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve organized a team to participate in this year’s Memory Walk on Saturday, September 7th to raise funds for research and awareness of Alzheimer’s in her honor. If you would like to donate, please visit Team B. Lou.