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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Eternal Role Call

(Mattie J. T. Stepanek, 1990-2004)

Mattie Stepanek began writing poetry when he was three years old, after his elder brother died from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Later, the condition also killed his sister and his other brother, and then Mattie himself when he was thirteen.

Mattie wrote six books of poems and one of prose, to great acclaim. All his books rejoice in the celebration of life. He remained brave and cheerful and full of hope in the midst of suffering and even in the face of his own imminent death. He was in many ways a saint, a remarkable example to us all.


I will paint rainbows
When the spring comes,
And children will dance
And smile in the music of my colors.
I will shape clouds
When the summer comes,
And children will chant
And dream in the melody of my creations.
I will whistle winds
When the fall comes,
And children will listen
And hum in the understanding of leaves.
I will jingle stars
When the winter comes,
And children will laugh
And believe in the ballads of the season.
I will revolve seasonally
When my death comes,
And children will remember
And share their Heartsongs,
Celebrating the gifts in the circle of life.

~ Mattie J. T. Stepanek, from his book Celebrate Through Heartsongs


Anonymous said...

Thisi dear child was just discoverd by me from ewtn last week. His mother has publisihed Messenger, which he truly is to me through his life and poems. Mattie gives life by poem and his still living heart presence

Maura Fine said...

Thank you for posting this poem from this most amazing and beautiful young man. Blessings to his family.

Jeni said...

Thank you for sharing one of my son's poems with others through your post. It is always good to know that Mattie's simple but profound message of hope and peace continues to gently inspire people and shape lives in today's world.
Jeni Stepanek ("Mattie's mom").