Minus the good and minus the bad...
Minus the happy and minus the sad...
Minus those who love you,
minus those who love you back
and minus those who do not love, or even like you...
Minus your social standing
and minus your financial position...
Minus the image you portray
and minus the way that image is perceived...

Who are you?

In the first light of dawn,
before you put on your worldly clothes...
In the last light of dusk, when you take them off...

Who are you?

Do you stand in awe of yourself as an incredible 
creation and view your life from that point?

You should.

You have the miraculous ability to breathe,
see, feel, hear, move, smell, touch and love.
Is that not wonderful, or have you forgotten who 
you are beneath your cloak of flesh and bones?

Very young children know who they are.
Their mere existence is cause for celebration.
They run and jump and yell and sing and dance
with a passion that rises from the joy of being alive.

You had that same sense of awesome wonder ~ once.

Struggles and disappointments didn't destroy it.
You simply put it away and forgot about it. 
There are flashes now and then, little reminders.
A thought you can't quite grasp.
A feeling that slips through your fingers.
A yearning that never completely goes away.

In the twinkling of a moment, you are here.
In the twinkling of another you are gone. 
Everything in between is the completeness of your life, 
not the separate compartments that 
push and pull and stretch you thin.

God gave you the gift of life, creating you as its miracle.
You are never anything less than miraculous.
Do not ever think otherwise.

© 2001 Terri McPherson
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

"Words From A Simple Heart"

Who I Am


I am not my hair, my eyes, my nose or my mouth.
I am not my skin or the shape of any of my body parts.
I am not the IQ of my brain.

I am not the sound of my voice   
or the volume of my laughter.
I am not my strengths or any of my weaknesses.
I am not the level of my skills.

The temple of my physical makeup is a culmination of genetics.
It reveals nothing about the person who resides within.
I take no credit or point no blame for the way I look.
My temple is perfect, as is.

This body is not who I am.
It is an exquisitely perfect dwelling for my soul.
Everything about it is exactly as it should be.
No other, anywhere, ever, could serve my soul as well.

I am not anything you can see with your eyes
or touch with your hands. Should you judge me
by that criteria, you will never know me.

I am not a dumping ground for bias that's based
on a man-made standard, and I do not accept the
prejudice it creates.

I am a union of body, mind and spirit

a trio, not a solo.

To know me, is to know yourself.

Those who hear the voice of their soul,
recognize the song in mine.
They do not stop at the front door and judge me
by the dwelling in which I reside.
With a humble sense of honor,
they knock upon the door and ask to come in.
The judgment of others does not change who I am.
Quite the opposite is true. It reveals who they are.

Those who deem me unworthy
at a glance and pass me on by,
have my blessing to keep walking,
for they have a long way to go. 
They have not reached the point
in their journey where they are able
to see and appreciate me for who I am.

I expect no more. I will accept no less.

© 2001 Terri McPherson
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

"Words From A Simple Heart"

Who Are You?
Who I Am
Written by Poet Terri McPherson 
Dedicated 10-07-02, In Memory of Jerry Wayne Jeffries

"Thank you, Terri, for this uniquely inspirational tribute."










Life is changed,not taken away
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

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The Road Not Taken
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What Children Learn

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God's Marines
God and the Spider

In God We Trust

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Memorial Candles-2
Close Your Eyes
Only A Dream?
The Journey
In The End
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Sweet Hour of Prayer

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God and the Spider, by Mark Phillips (Chapel)
The Journey,
by Tom Krause (Inspiration)
Who Are You?
, by Terri McPherson (Inspiration
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The Other Side,
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Face Of Christ,
by Joe Castillo
Spirit Calling,
by Jonathon Bowser
On Eagle's Wings,
by Gail Gastfield
Shadow Rapids,
by Jonathon Bowser
Phantom of the Falls,
by Jonathon Bowser
Mystic Passage,
by Jonathon Bowser

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God Laughs Too

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