Gary Jackson



@Art Of Poetry

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The Message Art of Poetry
I’m a native of Chicago. I live my life one day at a time, with family as my inspiration. At home, I can be found in my comfy chair with a paint brush in my hand, writing, or gathering with family and laughing over shared meals.

People assume I’m an extrovert. And I do love people. But I recharge in solitude. Quiet moments of reflection. Praying. Dreaming. Grieving. Asking. Processing. Thinking. Breathing it all in. And then exhaling just as deeply

Home is where I’ve been broken open and put back together.
The last several years have been the hardest of my life.  After recovering from a stroke, at age 10.  I thought I knew the depths of pain and heartbreak, what it feels like to wrestle through healing, and walking the long journey toward restoration. Until now, I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in October of 2013, and I wondered why God would allow me to experience so much heartbreak.  My pillow has seen its fair share of tears, but I’ve also seen God move in astounding ways.  Not always the ways I thought He would, but I guess that’s why we are called to follow Him with faith.  And at the end of each day, that’s what you’ll find me doing, going to bed while saying thankful prayers for ways I once again experienced God’s faithfulness that day, big and small.

I wish with every fiber of my heart that I could erase parts of my story like suffering a stroke, at age 10. But staying stuck in trying to wish something away will cause you to miss the beauty of what is… and even better… trusting God for what can be.

The mission for this poetry book is to help raise funds to donate to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, in hope of finding a cure.