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Devaney - Poem 11

Poems of Progress

David Devaney shares his reflections about his journey with the Southern Louisiana Veterans Health Care System’s MOVE! Program by writing poetry.

photo of David Devaney sitting at a table as a volunteer
To Gain

To gain weight, comes so easily,
To lose, is never so.
With “MOVE!” I've found solutions,
To help life better flow.

My will has been empowered.
New knowledge is the source.
Week by week and month by month,
They've shared a new resource.

It takes concerted effort,
To implement what's learned.
Acknowledging the simple truth,
Success comes when it's earned.

So everyday when Annie texts,
To queries I respond,
The calories I have consumed,
Becomes my daily bond.

Then with each day, comes new results,
The good and too, the bad.
Yet with my new awareness,
I'm never really sad.

For every day, I'm in control,
The solution is my own.
With "MOVE!" each day reminding me,
I am no more, alone.


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