For Betty Jane

The winds of life have blown you ‘till they’ve torn your world apart;

Left you all alone and naked but alive.

Stripped of all you held so dearly, left alone there in the dark;

Through the silent strength within you, you survive.


If weak you would have wilted when the wind swept through your life,

Another soul suspended, given up, and left to die.

But there’s a strength within you and a fire inside your heart,

For I have seen the light that’s in your eye.


Now when the winds blow lonely, and you feel the need to cry,

Let me be your shoulder and your friend;

And when the storm cloud passes and the rainbow’s in the sky,

Just let me be the sunshine on your skin.


                                                                Wilson Brown 5/9/88