Beanery Online Literary Magazine

June 7, 2008

TO MATTIE

Poet and Peacemaker, Mattie J.T. Stepanek began writing at age three. Author of a five- volume Heartsongs collection, 13-year-old Mattie died June 2004 from a rare neuromuscular disease that resulted from his Muscular Dystrophy. 

Mattie’s heart-felt writings reached a global audience, including M. D. patients and many well-known celebrities.  He joined President Jimmy Carter as a champion of peace and prayer. Gifted and brilliant, Mattie will long be remembered for his outgoing, optimistic personality and his rare ability to write well on a variety of subjects.

I wrote the poem TO MATTIE to honor Mattie’s short, productive life.             

 

— written by Kathleen Clark    6-15-03

 

            So young to be so prolific

 

                        . . .above and beyond terrific!

 

            Such a beautiful spirit

 

            Amazing insight, a zest for life!

 

            Your love for people and God

 

            birthed the Heartsongs collection of poems;

 

            a literary journey of wisdom and wit

 

            a gallery of bold, simple, profound thoughts

 

                        a practical philosophy

 

            unique to your youth.

 

            A fresh-scrubbed spirit shimmers and shines

 

            celebrates goodness, the wonders of life,

 

            records and embraces the difficult times.

 

            Choosing not to focus on handicaps and restraints

 

            or crippling complaints

 

                        you realistically offer Laughter and Hope

 

            by making an optimistic Choice

 

            to speak with a Positive Voice!

 

            Mattie, Thank you for sharing

 

                        personal problems, private grief

 

            The universal enigmas that affect everyone.

 

            As “poet and peacemaker”

 

            you’re an articulate ambassador

 

            who possesses the key to “unlock hearts”

 

            to achieve better understanding

 

            to promote compassion and love

 

            through your fellowmen.

 

            Indeed, you’re quite a remarkable young man!

 

 

For additional reading click on:

THE TIME IS NOW…

PINCH HITTING

OPEN YOUR EYES

MY SIDE OF THE VIGIL

PERTAINING TO THE SPIRIT

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!!

LOSS AND LOVE

 

 

 

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