A Poem Celebrating The Special Life Of One With Down Syndrome

They said on his first day on earth,
Better far if he'd died at birth.
How could they know.
How could they tell the joy he'd bring,
He taught our hearts the way to sing,
We loved him so.

We learned together through the years
To show the joy, but hide the tears,
They must not see.
They'd never learn the hurt they caused
Through thoughtless stares that on him paused
So carelessly.

And as he grew, we never grieved
To see how little he achieved,
No praise he'd lose.
His progress made in life's tough school
We measured with a shorter rule
Than scholars use.

I can't believe he owed his day
To some genetic disarray
Wrongly conceived.
He came into this world, and there
He lived to teach us how to care.
This he achieved.


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Jack was born with Down Syndrome and lived to be 59 years young.   Here is the poem Judith created, that was inserted into the Celebration of Life program:


Jackie’s love of life, his own special trait

And personality as bright as the sun

His outlook on life was like Snow White

That ‘We are never too old to have fun’

And Jackie knew just how to do that

With his happy and fun loving ways

Such a fan of all celebrations

Christmas and birthdays, his favourite days


His birthday each June was so special

A cake and party, with presents galore

He would grin from ear to ear at the Stomping Tom songs

Which he could listen to for evermore!

Joni would lead and insist we joined in

To sing the chorus of his favourite songs

Like ‘The Hockey Song’ & ‘Margo’s Cargo’

Jack was thrilled when we would all sing along


Jackie’s family all truly doted on him

With a lifetime of tender loving care

Mom Elaine, Sister Jane and all the others

So much family joy they all shared

His unique relationships with his siblings

Were marked with their own special name

Jackie gave each one his personal touch

And MinMin, Face, Shai and Ooley they became!


Jackie had many other favourite things

Like A&W meals, Lottery tickets, and Halloween

Also his own special bench to watch the trains go by

Waving at passengers, he’d often be seen!

Jackie also was fascinated with cemeteries...

And he would visit them, sometimes several a day

Is it possible his sixth sense felt something special

And some comfort was shared in some way?


Jackie will be such a big miss to us all

But his life was truly lived to the full!

And the lessons he leaves us are so profound

Because he showed us life’s too short to be dull!

Jackie will always have a place in our hearts

And his energy and joy will remain

And we might just take ourselves a bit less seriously...

As we wave at that next passing train!

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