Her tough exterior

Masks a fragile interior

Her soft, gentle mind

Her gestures, so kind

I love this woman

Because she’s here by chance

She tried to take her life

That was long ago – and once

Her mis-steps, I accept

Her foibles, I’ve kept

She’s not meant to be here

She’s here by chance

I’m grateful for that failure

Every day with her, I treasure

Can’t take her for granted

She failed, and was re-planted

Her life, a gift to me

Casual in spirit, now calm and free

I love this woman

Who wasn’t meant to be

She’s not meant to be here

I embrace this second chance

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