Our personal injury clients often give us great inspiration with their fortitude and positive spirit. A client recently forwarded this poem written for her by her sister in Ireland.

WON’T TAKlibra public domain 1E ME DOWN

What you see on the outside
Is not what’s inside
Crippled in pain that I feel I must hide

The pain unbearable
Beyond my control
Trying and fighting with my mind body and soul

To get up each day and try to fit in
To work and love and play
I must fight this from within

My mind is strong
My will power on drive
My pain ongoing and long
But deep inside I will strive to survive

I can’t hide my tears
In pain I must cry
My futher my aims my goals full of fear
But who do I talk too
Who will listen
Who will hear

As long as I can walk
And still have my pride
I am going to speak up and talk

You will not knock me down
You will not take my sole
I will fight this pain till I am once again whole

Wrote this for my beautiful courage little sister who battles a life full of pain….my inspiration
I love you.

(Poem by Jackie Murphy in Ireland, for her sister and our client, Dee Fahy Mathewson. Published by permission)


Ken Shigley is an Atlanta trial attorney focused on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is currently chair of the American Association for Justice Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section. Previously he served as president of the State Bar of Georgia and chair of the board of trustees of theInstitute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. He is lead author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation and Practice and a board certified civil trial attorney of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.