POEMS BY L. GREY
August 22, 2011 (age 8)
With every day must come a dusk
With every night must come a dawn
For every angel and every devil has their own sort of way.
So, when I float up to the sky
Please sing to me
Just the way I sing to you
One note at a time.
I’m telling you please listen so
Every angel, every devil, has their own sort of way
For every dusk must come a night
And in that night I shall float all the way up into the clouds we look upon
And when I do please do not fight it
Just sing to me the way I sing to you
One note at a time.
January 30, 2011 (age 8)
It cannot be life
Of the vibrations they come
Over a force they leap and twirl
Many rise, many pray
No, no, God, we're OK.
Leave the creatures of earth at their own level
They will rise to only the vibrations of love
When time ends.
May 27, 2016 (age 13)
I write because it hurts.
I write to soothe the pain.
I do it to become somebody who isn’t me, in a world that isn’t mine.
I write so the way I lived and the things I thought don’t die with me.
I write to express and repress
I do it to shape the future and mend the past.
I write because if I didn’t, I’d be empty.
I write so I can be immortal
I write because a blank page will always understand me.
L Grey - L, who’s at the center of the book, was determined to tell her own story. Precocious, courageous, and inspirational, L was wise beyond her years. She wrote with furious conviction about being misunderstood and seldom believed, being wheelchair-bound and then bedridden, and about dealing with constant, torturous physical pain. Nevertheless, L’s writing shows pure resiliency in its empathy, strength and forgiveness.
"Puberty" Skit at The Second City
Written & Performed by L
Vanessa Lynn, Ph.D. - Vanessa never set out to be an author, but L had other plans for her. She is a mother first, and then a consultant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in organization behavior from the Kellogg School of Management. She is the proud mother of her two beautiful daughters, L and Jaz. She currently lives in the Chicago area with Jaz and their dog, Evie.
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