When you're a 92-year-old woman, people sometimes find it difficult to look past the wrinkles on the outside to see the gem within. This was exactly what inspired a woman named Wanda B. Goines, from Oregon in the USA, to write a truly heartwarming poem.
Wanda was a mother of eight and had 16 grandchildren. She was also a great-grandmother of four. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2016. However, before then, she captured the hearts of many people with her creative poetry.
According to her website, she devoted her life to learning and creating literature. In fact, she taught herself the New Testament in Greek and Old Testament in Hebrew, as well as German, all so she could understand the bible better.
Apart from that, Wanda was also a professional artist and a talented dancer. One of her artwork can be found at the NICU unit of Alta Bates Hospital, in Berkeley. She was a published author as well. Her book, Bunnyfluff Wants to Fly, was published in 2010.
No doubt about it, this woman had a lot of wisdom and experience to share. A few months before she died, Wanda became an internet sensation when her caregiver, Kathryn Clausnitzer Wilson, uploaded a video of Wanda reciting a poem she had written.
The video, which was posted to YouTube in 2015, went viral and was viewed millions of times. Wanda's poetry was about the difficulty of aging. This incredible piece of work is aimed at encouraging people to see past what's on the outside. The poem was all about not paying too much attention to the 'gift-wrap' but to the "jewel" inside.
So focus your attention on the inside, not the out On being kinder, wiser, more content and more devout Then when your gift wrap’s stripped away Your jewel will be set free, to radiate God’s glory throughout eternity!
You can tell that she was pretty touched by the words she was saying because, towards the end, the elderly woman was finding it difficult to hold back tears,
The poetry has an important lesson for everyone, young or old, that the inside is what matters, regardless of whether you're looking at yourself in the mirror or at someone else. How powerful!