FREE TO BE ME
An original poem by Pamela S. Eggers, 3-2-02
My life was nearly at its end
And that’s when you stepped in.
My hope was gone, only fear remained,
You had come to deliver me from my pain.
I had no trust left on which to draw,
You reached for me...I began to crawl.
How could I know then, what was to be?
What your touch of love could bring to me?
You instinctively knew my every need
My confidence and body you began to feed.
My trust in you had begun to build,
Achieving the result that you had willed.
Your relentless efforts in my behalf
Outline the blueprint your mind did draft.
For the outcome that only your vision could see
My life filled with love and free to be me.
These weeks and months you labor in love
To restore to me what was stolen..and I rise above.
This bond we have created I have never known
Look what honor, trust, and love have sown.
Your words say that I am now going to leave
Please don’t make me go! My heart will grieve.
These people are wonderful...but you own my heart
With tears in your eyes, you say it’s my new start.
Looking back now, I understand what you said that day,
You had reformed me as though I was a type of clay.
My new family loves me, and now my joy is complete
I trust and adore them, only your memory can compete.
And I will carry you with me to my dying day
Treasured few are gifted with your loving way.
I know now it was God’s will for us to part
So you could give another their new start.
When you get to Heaven do you know what you’ll see?
Everyone of us that you worked so hard to set free.
God gave people dominion over the animals, that’s true.
But God, with His wisdom, then created people like you.
In Heaven we’ll sing a song in honor of you, and your heart will see,
What your gift of love gave, we each lived our lives “free to be me”.
The author stated that this poem was "Inspired by my rescue experience in North Royalton, Ohio and dedicated to "MAGGIE" Deemed "Steele Magnolia" on her rescue day in 1996 and to 'Rescue People' everywhere"