An Extraordinary Guest Post: Dr. Michelle Harrison’s Poem “To Be In My Skin”

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My profound thanks and appreciation to Dr. Michelle Harrison for permission to share her poem and make commentary about her and the unimaginable work she does in India. I am grateful and all the more in awe knowing I am sitting comfortably in the United States, in Iowa, pampered and provided for. You, Michelle, at this same age as me, are raising a family of disabled girls in India. How absolutely amazing is that? I believe, and hope this post will share some of it.

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By Dr. Michelle Harrison


If you came into my skin
It would take you a long time to
Get used to
All the trouble,

I am a rooting weed
A broken rock
A travelling cloud
You cannot touch,

I am a bridge,
I am Jerusalem
The Intifada
The Holocaust
Looking for Redemption,

To be in my skin is
To feel God
Know Satan
And make my birthday wish
For World Peace.

MH 2001

Michelle Harrison was a distinguished, published, high-powered doctor in the United States.  Chauffeured transportation to meetings of movers and shakers. Always dressed impeccably in suits that needed no guess work as to whether she was dressed for success. And then in the way life happens, she had an epiphany. She began the most unusual work I know of, and that is saying something as I have, in my adult years, been affiliated with non-profits in America and internationally. Religious, and not. But this concept is a first.

377297_10150992848861920_1159009929_nThis is a home for orphan girls living at risk, , some having profound disabilities, living inclusively as a family with adult supervision, therapies, education  and medical care. They live in their “forever home.”

Shishur Sevay 2They are given a home, and they practice the religions of their origins and culture. They are a true “Indian” family in every sense of the word. They are taught values of Honesty, Compassion, Integrity, Generosity,

I would ask that to know more, you might read my blog post: Tuni, Throwaway to Stowaway.



I also wrote a post about Dr. Michelle Harrison and you may take a closer look at her work. Dr. Michelle Harrison: Executive Passion in India  .

And for the link to Shishur Sevay:   shishursevay.wordpress.comx

 I cannot even begin to imagine, “Being in her Skin” but it would be a privilege.

In 1959, still in high school, Michelle wrote: Dr. Michelle Harrison

I believe if you read her life’s story you would know what a harrowing, rewarding, and courageous life she has lived. And as for beautiful, ………………………………tell me the faces of the children, the activities and her life’s work are not one of the most beautiful things you have seen.  There is not a doubt that far beyond the years she will be there, there will be a long shadow cast for time to come.


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 There is not a doubt that far beyond the years she will be there, there will be a long shadow cast for time to come.

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About joycegodwingrubbs2

Some call me retired: I am RE-FIRED. I have written 15 books, plus 3 written as a "ghost writer". I no longer offer the novels as printed books, having them only available as Kindle Ebooks since my retirement as a novelist. Twelve books are on Kindle eBooks: collectively they are known as The Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series.They are real cases fictionalized into suspense stories to protect identities..( no victim/survivor names were compromised, and workers and locations were protected.) I also co-authored a non-fiction book: Footsteps Out of Darkness: The Annabelle Kindig Story . It is available on Amazon under the name of Annabelle Kindig. I have traveled, written from the heart, and found an audience that appreciates my "platform". The catalyst to writing the novels was the realization that if I died, I would take all my amazing experiences in these real cases with me; and believe me few have lived 5 lives in one. It would "silence the voices" of the victim/survivors whose triumphs are written into these novels. The suspense series was written in part with the collaboration of police woman and sex crime expert Trula Ann Godwin. In addition to the novels, I have written as a ghost writer for a World War II veteran who fought in the South Pacific aboard the USS Maryland in all the major battles. I have also written a non-fiction book recording oral history stories of my family members beginning with the 1930's to present. There are sixty-six "legacy" stories with pictures. It was recently published as a private printing for family and close associates only. I am a published photo journalist having won the 2009 Editor's Choice Award for internet freelance news articles and pictures of the Cedar Rapid's Iowa flood victim accounts and their personal struggles.. My husband and I are in our 52nd year together (only one blip on the marital radar together), and we have adopted three greyhounds; Dex, Big Buddy and Baby Doll. These were the inspirations in the Greyhound Lady Walking suspense series We have eleven grandchildren, 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. My three children live in Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio.
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6 Responses to An Extraordinary Guest Post: Dr. Michelle Harrison’s Poem “To Be In My Skin”

  1. Joyce, this is so beautiful, and I thank you. Jerry must be smiling.

    • I rather think Jerry was the reason I kept going back knowing something wasn’t right and then realized that picture at the top and personal commentary from me needed to be added. You are extraordinary and I would have been remiss not to get that paragraph in. So happy you liked it. I will add the link in the article. Again, my mind apparently needed prompting. (?So what is new?)

  2. Pingback: To Be In My Skin | Shishur Sevay

  3. sherioz says:

    I feel so privileged to have met the two of you. This is a beautiful post.

  4. anna Smith says:

    I can’t wait to read more

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