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Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars
A beautiful girl was born, legs deformed
Specialists said she would never walk
But she was just as smart as could be
Quite precocious when learning to talk
One day she asked why she couldn’t walk
Mother told her muscles were not strong
To this she replied, with you by my side
I’ll walk if it takes life-long
She was smart at school, nobody’s fool
She loved to learn but was terribly teased
Children were cruel because she couldn’t walk
She couldn’t help her legs were diseased
Always did everything they told her to
As she grew she knew she’d walk one day
Endured endless hours of painful therapy
Always was determined to have her way
After many months of such hard work
She was finally able to stand
All it took was encouragement
And holding her mother’s hand
The more she could do the harder she tried
Until it finally happened one day
With her crutches she took a step
Delighted she was on her way
By the time she graduated from high school
She walked across the ceremonial stage
Having achieved what they said she couldn’t
With that her life turned another page
Now a very determined young woman
She went to the university
Wanting to work with those of young age
Doing rehabilitation therapy
She graduated with high honors
As always, aimed to go quite far
She helped disabled children learn
To live their lives and reach the stars

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