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4 marca 2009
Who were you Adyna?
Lee Taylor Friend

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Who were you Adyna?

A poem about Sir Paul Strzelecki’s sweetheart – Adyna Turno…

A raven haired girl born in 1805.
Who fell for her sweetheart, his passion and drive.
That same drive and passion would tear them apart.
A man on a mission who gave her his heart…

Who were you Adyna?
How long would you wait?
Would love conquer all?
What would be your fate?

Paul Edmund went traveling – exploring the world.
Discovered ‘Kosciuszko’ – Australia unfurled.
A pressed mountain daisy arrived in her hand.
His letter unveiling a new mountain land…

Who were you Adyna?
How long would you wait?
Would love conquer all?
What would be your fate?

More than one hundred letters and so many years.
Would love come to fruition or leave bitter tears?
Will we ever know truly the promises made?
Did distance now strengthen a love they forbade…

Who were you Adyna?
How long would you wait?
Would love conquer all?
What would be your fate?

He then went to London – an eventful life.
Did much to help others – no time for a wife.
The young sweethearts drifted – time pulled them apart.
Until finally she wrote – memories etched in her heart…

Who were you Adyna?
How long would you wait?
Would love conquer all?
What would be your fate?

They met one more time – through the years they had changed.
Their lives now so different – so foreign and strange.
Sir Paul finally died 1873.
She died nine years later – helped keep Poland free…

Who were you Adyna? A woman of truth…
How long would you wait? 40 years and my youth…
Would love conquer all? Love is eternity…
What would be your fate? Now our spirits are free…

LEE TAYLOR-FRIEND 5.3.08


The Strzelecki Graphic Competition, 2009

Lee Taylor Friend was an award winner in our poetry competition, Kozzie Fest 2008.

More about Lee on her website