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A tribute to a friend – Linda Martin, We Will Miss You

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This is a tribute to Linda Martin, who passed away on the 31st of May. Some of her many friends gathered for a candle light vigil for Linda Martin in Peacock Park, near her home the following day.


Tribute to Linda Marie Martin

© Shyron Shenko

This tribute is not about how Linda died

But how she lived her life

She lived to love, and laugh and make others happy

That was Linda's style

With a look, a touch, her smile she could make anyone feel worthwhile

This is about an amazing woman

Who made everyone she met a friend

From the first meeting to the end

Linda met no strangers

Only friends she never knew

And she loved them all

The animals too

She fought for the peacocks habitat

To keep them safe and free

To share their beauty for everyone to see

So… when you see Angel wings of peacock feathers

With their jeweled eyes

Streaking across the Heavenly skies

You will know that Linda has arrived

Linda asking for a peacock ordinance

Angel flying to close to the ground

© 2016 Shyron E Shenko

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Shyron E Shenko 4 months ago Author

Peggy, thank you for the comment and sympathy. It is an ongoing tragedy, the police know without a doubt that he took her life, he did not leave the scene and he has been released and had threatened to kill other people. The Police refused to give Linda an order of protection, she told her best friend Kris, that she knew he, her estranged husband was going to kill her. I wrote another poem about this call "Let the Bruises Show"

Thank you again

Blessings and hugs my dear friend


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Peggy W 4 months ago from Houston, Texas

I am so sorry that you lost your friend and a good human being from what I just learned. I also gleaned from reading the comments that she was in an abusive situation. So sad!


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago Author

Peg, my beautiful friend, thank you for reading my tribute to another beautiful friend.

Linda will be forever missed,

Especially by her best friend Kris

Blessings and Hugs to you dear friend.


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago Author

Shauna (bravewarrior) Linda did indeed have a beautiful heart, and one of a kind.

I am so glad that you like my tribute, thank you for the comment and compliment.

You too are a beautiful friend and a beautiful soul.

Blessings and hugs.


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PegCole17 5 months ago from Dallas, Texas

This lovely poem and tribute to your friend is heartwarming and touching. What a gift to have caring friends like you who have celebrated Linda's life in these few heartfelt words that mean so much. She will truly be remembered as a kind and loving soul. Thanks for sharing her story.


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bravewarrior 5 months ago from Central Florida

Shyron, you're friend had the most beautiful heart. The world needs more like her. She was taken so young - her work wasn't done.

You've honored her in the most wonderful way by posting this tribute. BTW, you couldn't have chosen a more perfect song.


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago Author

Patricia, thank you so very much for your expressions of sympathy...you are right, no words can make us, Linda's friends feel better about losing her. Thank you so much for the Angels and I will send them back to you with lots of Blessings and hugs. ss


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pstraubie48 5 months ago from sunny Florida

So sad to hear of your loss...no words can make you feel any better...Linda would be deeply touched by this tribute...Shyron.

Angels are on the way to comfort you ps


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago Author

Dear Faith/Theresa, thank you so much for the comment, compliment and for sharing. I really appreciate you.

Blessings and hugs.


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Faith Reaper 6 months ago from southern USA

Dear Shyron,

A poignant and beautiful tribute to a lovely person. Thank you for sharing of the loss of such a lovely person.

Hugs


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

My beautiful friend Maria, thank you for you kind words, comment and sympathy.

I can't tell anyone why I choose the Willie Nelson song, but the person that I chose will know.

Blessings and hugs Dear Maria.


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marcoujor 6 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

What a tender and beautiful tribute to your friend, who sounds truly remarkable - leaving a forever legacy of kindness and decency.

Your Willie Nelson song is an exquisite choice.

I am so sorry for your loss, dear Shyron.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Frank, you are welcome, thank you for reading about my friend. Linda was a beautiful person.

Blessings always


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Frank Atanacio 6 months ago from Shelton

God bless you for sharing this tribute


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Thank you Mel, for reading this Tribute to my friend Linda. She was a remarkable person, she was called the Peacock Lady by neighborhood children.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Devika, thank you for reading this tribute to my friend Linda. I really appreciate you.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Shan, It is even sadder than you think. Missy Bevers was murdered in Church and Linda's maiden name was Church. I went to her funeral service yesterday with a large group of her friends yesterday, it was a beautiful service, but something was missing, and I realized it was Linda's laugh/giggle. I am probable one of her newer friends but in the brief time that I knew her, she had a way of touching the heart of anyone she spoke with.

I feel like you and I are neighbors, I do know where Midlothian is we looked for a house near Joe Pool Lake and then looked at property in Waco.

Blessings my friend.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Thank you Michael-Milec, you described her so well "a radiant human being. You are welcome, I am glad you felt Linda's spirit through my tribute.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Thank you Mike, I hope she would be proud and thank you for your sympathy.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Paula, thank you for your sympathy, you are so kind, like all of Linda's friends. It is so hard to believe that she is gone.

Blessings to you my dear friend.


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Mel Carriere 6 months ago from San Diego California

Brilliant tribute to your friend, who sounds like a remarkable lady who not only cared deeply about things, but did something about it.


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DDE 6 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A great tribute for this wonderful being. You wrote from your heart and with lots in mind.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas

I didn't realize you live so close to me. Reading these comments, I also didn't realize this story is even sadder than I first thought. I'm sorry for you and her family and everyone who knew her.

I work in Midlothian. If you follow the DFW news, you probably know of the Missy Bevers murder mystery. This world is crazy.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Ruby my gem of a friend, thank you for the comment, I am so glad that you loved the poem.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Au fait, thank you for the comment, complement and for sharing.

Some people think they have the right to punch others, she should have told her children 1 son, 1 daughter. And she told the police.

Blessings and hugs to you also, my dear friend.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Shanmarie, thank you for the visit and for reading my tribute to Linda. I met Linda when she was fighting for the peacocks and I was fighting for my neighborhood, I spoke up for her cause and she spoke up for mine.

Yes, this is the town that had the peacock thief.

Blessings my friend.


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Michael-Milec 6 months ago

At a moment of farewell with a radiant human being, you've uplifted my spirit by presenting work and love of Linda's endlessness...Thanks.


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mckbirdbks 6 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

A sad story indeed. She would be proud of this tribute. My condolences.


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fpherj48 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Shyron......This is just about the saddest story I've read in a very long time. How horrific for all those who dearly love this sweet woman. I will never ever understand. My heart breaks for all of you. Paula


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always exploring 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

Shyron, your tribute is beautiful. It seems like the police always arrive after it's too late. I love your poem!


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Au fait 6 months ago from North Texas

A lovely tribute. I watched the video and Linda does seem like a very good person. A shame she was killed. I hope she didn't have any children, but she looks like a young mother. A shame some people think the only solution to their problems is violence. Sharing.

Hope you are in where it's cool today. 91 F. here right now and rising. Received notice yesterday that one of my hubs yet unchosen is to be edited. Otherwise nothing new. Blessings and hugs for you dear friend. Hope all is well with you today and always, but I know it won't be, so I just hope it's as good as it can be. Take care . . .


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

Bill, thank you for comment and expressions of sympathy. I did know of the abuse only bits and pieces that I heard at gatherings and functions, which brings to mind the song "No one knows what goes on behind closed doors".

Blessings always to you Bill


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago Author

I became friends with Linda in 2015 and did not know of the abusive relationship she was in, but many of our mutual friends knew and the police knew, and the police did nothing, it was as if they did not hear her at all.

Blessings and hugs dear friend


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas

This is unrelated, but is this the neighborhood where the peacocks roam in North Texas? I noticed the city name. I think it was maybe last year someone stole a peacock by putting it in their car.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas

This is a beautiful, heartfelt tribute. What a great way to be remembered. Lucky to have a friend like that and she was lucky to have you, I'm sure.


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billybuc 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

I'm sorry for your loss. In truth, I'm sorry for all of us when we lose a quality human being.

blessings always


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FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

From what you provide here she seemed like a lovely person and a friend to animals. This is a touching tribute to her.

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