Happy Birthday Acrostic

Last night, my friend Angela surprised me for my birthday.  She read a poem she wrote especially for me at Vinatero’s “Open Mic” Poetry Night, hosted by Eric Morago, a very gifted poet.  

I want to share it with all of you, because, I was truly grateful to know that sharing my story, my heartbreaks, my disappointments, my triumphs and my achievements were actually making a difference in people’s lives; and, because, she made me cry.  It takes a lot to make me cry in public.  In fact, when it was my time to read, my eyesight was blurred from tears. 

My sight may have been a bit obscured last night, BUT my vision was crystal clear: 

To keep writing my blog, keep reading at open mic’s, and keep working on my book and sharing my story with all of you.  Why?  Because, my story is your story and your story is mine.  Whether its breast cancer, bankruptcy, divorce, addiction or any other trial one has to face in this day and age, we are all in this together.  No man or woman is an island. 

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee…John Donne 

Thank you Angela!!!! 

Angela with hubby Chris

 Without further adieu…

 Happy Birthday Acrostic for Deanne

by Angela Moore

Halo – You wear your hair like a silver halo.  Not the holier than thou kind, but the kind that illuminates from within and enlightens those in your presence.

Adventurous – Beat Cancer?  Sure.  Share your story with the world?  Ok.  Walk for three days straight in order to give back?  Why not!  In your own words, you “always have a new adventure in the works.”

Party – Weather we’re singing together or just having tea, you make getting together something to celebrate.

Parent – You’re a living example of a kind, patient and loving parent.  You also show grace and forgiveness to yourself and others when we fall short of our ideals.

Yourself – Not only are you yourself, but when yourself was no longer serving you, you went and reinvented yourself.


Brave – Breast.  Blogger.  You faced the bogeyman and kicked his ass!

Inspire – You inspire me to be healthy, to appreciate my loved ones, and to live life to its fullest.

R – I’m gonna borrow a word from our friend Raundi, Rad.  Just because you are Rad.

Thankful – Through your ups and downs.  And, no matter how low the downs have been, you show gratitude for the lessons learned.

Hungry – Hungry for life.  Hungry for passion.  Hungry for more.  And, you follow your hunger’s lead and take a bite out of life.

Diana – Donning diaphanous gowns, getting in touch with your inner wild woman, it’s no coincidence that your named after the Roman Goddess of wildness and nature.

Alabanza – Another word I’m borrowing, this time from the musical, “In the Heights.”  Alabanza means to raise the thing to God’s face and to sing quite literally, “praise to this.”

Yes Mom


PS.  I am actually named after my dad’s ex-girlfriend.  As Maggie would say, “I know, right!?”

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