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Ever With Me (For My Mom)

February 26, 2013
In Loving Memory of Gayle M.

Many do share this circle of sorrow...
no matter the distance, we grieve and cry.
Family gathered, if only in spirit,
paying our respects with one last good-bye.

As one by one, the memories unfold,
the measure of a life unfolds as well.
We find we’re written on many a page,
though the stories we know, and others tell.

Our losses remind us how short life is,
pulling us closer to one another.
My heart aches and breaks, for this recent loss,
was teacher, friend, and beloved Mother.

Blood of her blood am I, flesh of her flesh.
Three girls and a son thru her love were born.
Her courage and strength, an inspiration.
These things within me, but today I mourn.

I must find peace with all that is left me,
in lingering jewels of wisdom she shared.
Forgiveness brought us the sweet grace we knew,
and often we told each other we cared.

I’ll see her in all the things she so loved.
I’ll feel her presence in spiraling snow...
That’s how she came to me, saying good bye,
soon thereafter, outside of my window.

A winding gust, whirling with great purpose.
I could not ignore my heart and own eyes.
Twice she peered in through my kitchen window,
and I knew her soul through this keen disguise.

There’s no love on earth like a Mother’s love
No greater magic than a Mother’s kiss.
No stronger bond than a Mother and child,
and no one that I shall more dearly miss.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Posted: Mar 2013
About this poem:
I wrote this piece for my mother, who passed away Feb 23, 2013, after a long battle with cancer and other complications. I consider her one of the bravest people I've ever known. She was a true warrior in her fight. I say a special prayer for all those who have had to say good-bye to their mothers. It's a sting that never goes away. Thanks for having a read.

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A very beautiful writing and my prayers are with you and your. I am sure she loves it..Take care .....Jessebouquet
she wll always be with you in heart and spirit death is just a veil easily pushed aside condolences a fine tribute to your mothercomfort comfort
There’s no love on earth like a Mother’s love
No greater magic than a Mother’s kiss.
No stronger bond than a Mother and child,
and no one that I shall more dearly miss.

Celtic a very dear and great tribute to your mother. You are one lucky persson to be her daughter and I am sure she was one lucky woman to have you.

I have written so many for my mother last year if you remember and Thanks for sharing.

Love you dear poet.
Hi celitcpoet

I know this pain well,
I now just think about, all the times we shared a private joke,
A good laugh,
I rewind her smile.. and it forwards mine

My heart, and thoughts, are with you in your very sad loss.

Lots of love Martina heart wings hug
Hi, CelticPoet12,
My heart aches and breaks, for this recent loss, was teacher, friend, and beloved Mother. In sympathy for your great loss. May you continue to see her in all the things she so loved.
I am so touched by the lovely comments here from all of you. Deeply touched. I had to stop for moment and say thank you to spirit for the grace given here and shared in all these kind words. Bless you all for sharing and taking the time to reach out. Snow will always be a thing of beauty and hold new and special meaning for me. I will be with my family the end of next month. I so wanted to be there for my mom's service, but all things happen in their own time. Blessing to you all. Thank you again. Celtic!~

It is with much pain that I've read these lines, dear poetess, so sorry for your loss. She's been a great lady from what I learned, the best of teacher, friend, and beloved Mother. She's raised such a nice loving daughter, that you are - this is an accomplishment in itself. "In each human heart is that special corner, Which only a mother can fill." (Kath.N.Davis) God bless her spirit! Many thanks for sharing!hug bouquet
I feel your loss and pain in your poem the rock is gone are life can become unstable we have to bare the pain and loss knowing she's at peace and out of pain are strengh is to carry on knowing we will meet againteddybear
beautifully expressed...regards....elo..wave
Thank you Marikia for your kind words. I am touched once again by the outpouring of sincere blessings for this loss in my life. The sting is still fresh and we all go through these hurts and lessons in life. It is the way of things. Bless you, Celtic

Thank you Wayne34 for your taking the time to comment and share from the heart. What you say is so true. I forget that I can't call my mom anymore. Well, let's just say that I have to dial from the heart now instead. I talk to her and share what's on my mind. I still feel she hears me and yes, I will connect with her in the spirit realm one day. Blessings to you also. Celtic

Elo69, good to hear from you. It's been a while. Thank you for reaching out and commenting. I wish you all a wonderful St. Patty's Day. Call your mom today and tell her you love her if you're able. Tell her anyway, even if she's gone on. Mom's are irreplaceable, precious and one of the people to make the largest contribution to us, from the time we take our first breath. I feel blessed that we cleared our slate and had no regrets. Hugs to you all. Celtic
This is touching Celtic,I'm sorry for your loss.May you find comfort and solace in friends and family.Nice to see you around,apart from everything i hope you are finehug
Hi Poet, I'm doing a bit better. I went out to breakfast with a friend of mine and then we went thrift shopping. My friends have been calling often to check on me and they are a great comfort to me. I talk to my sister every other day. We both need it right now and I'll be going to see her the end of next month. Then on to see my grandkids, and other family. It gives me something to look forward to and be excited about. Thanks for commenting and sending the love. Blessings in return. Hugs my friend. You are all so amazing. Celtic...hug
I want to share something with you my friend and i hope you like it.

When I'm Gone
by Mrs. Lyman Hancock

When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And remember only the smile

Forget unkind words I have spoken
Remember some good I have done
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I've had loads of fun

Forget that I've stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day

Then forget to grieve for my going
I would not have you sad for a day
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay

And come in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best

May this poem shed some comfort.hug
Poet, what a kind thing, sending this poem. I'd be lying if I said it didn't make me cry. But that's just the way it is right now. They are tears of gladness, for knowing what you've been through and you still offer such gifts...bless you for your loving, caring, compassionate heart. You made my day. Hugs and prayers for you. Celtic...
I'm new here, as I once penned poetry and will again...
I'm so sorry for your lose Celtic....I may not know you, or you me, but the passing of a loved family member I am familiar with ~ just reading your words brought tears to my eyes. My prayers are with you.
SoBlue, welcome to this amazing poetry gathering. And thank you so much for your kind words. It's been a rough time and it will be for a while. I never thought I could miss someone so much. Each day lends me a bit more grace and I stand a little taller. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful day, Celticwine
Celticpoet I could feel your mom looking in qthrough your window watching open that window let her be with you alway in your heart know she is with you always watching guiding and comforting you alwaysteddybear
Thank you Wayne, very much for the thoughtful comment. Much appreciated. Celticwine
I am sorry for your loss,its hard to forget.only sorrow,sorrow understands.Amazing tribute to your beloved mum.May God give you peace dear celtic.hug rose rose heart wings
Bless you PALOMA for your kindness. I miss her so much and every day I learn a little more about how I could have responded to those in my life who lost their mom. I would have done things much differently. But that's a part of gathering wisdom to us. Thank you for all you give. Much appreciated. Hugs, Celtic!~writing
to have the awareness of your mother's presence
both with you and to you, such gift. So too,
your presence to her.. All of that, Divine.

Ty for allowing us presence to you.

Thank you Beautiful. Your wording in this message really made me think. Your posts have been so touching and I appreciate your compassion, especially at this time in my life. I never knew anything could be so difficult. Today was a good day and I can talk to my mom and not cry. Two days ago, I was inconsolable. You made my day. Blessings, Celtic!~purple heart
Almost five months have gone by and tonight I feel my mom all around me and I miss her so. God how I miss her. The recent loss of our 19 firefighters here in Prescott, has stirred me to the core. Perhaps its thinking about all the mothers who lost sons in this terrible event. Mothers give us life, and they teach us some of the most important lessons we'll ever know. I share so I won't stuff these feelings of grief. I share because I never again want to take another drink. My recovery is everything to me and a drink would change everything. I share to let anyone out there who's going through loss, know that none of us are alone. Thanks for sharing a moment with me. Celtic
Funny, I was just wondering how you were earlier today Celtic,
you just came to mind even though I hadn't seen you for awhile

Deep peace to you rose
Hi beautifulyou!~ Thank you for your comments and I thought it was so sweet that you were wondering where I've been. I am trying so hard not to be sad and most of the time, I am doing really well. The first 3 months were so hard. Now its just sometimes. Certain things will nail me when I least expect it. This recent accident with our firefighters stirred up stuff for everyone in this community. I am actually hosting a fund raiser next weekend for the Yarnell victims who lost their homes. I figure if I can help in some small way, it helps me as well. There's been so much going on, that I haven't been here for a while. Have a great weekend and thanks again for saying hello and caring. Celtichug
"I must find peace with all that is left me.."
Wise words keep repeating them they will help.
Be strong I know it is not easy, it will get easier but it never goes away..........comfort teddybear bouquet bouquet
Hi kle76am, and thank you for your kind words. Most days are better, but once in a while, it's like all hell breaks loose in my heart and head. I see things in movies reagarding a women's suffering with breast cancer and I lose it. Someone mentions the term congestive heart failure and I can't breathe. I don't know if that ever goes away and we need a place to chat and share this very real disease. I support breast cancer research and maybe I'll do a fund raiser on my mom's one year anniversary. I have to feel I'm making a difference and not letting this "hard ball" whiz by. If you know what I mean. Thank you for taking the time. Thank you. Celtic
There has been so much support here on PC and I thank everyone for being there. My mom's birthday was Sept 24th and I got through it without crying all day. I went to the park, took a cupcake and a candle and I sing with her, wrote to her and visited with her in my heart. I have much more acceptance and I still have moments, but falling apart at the seams helps nothing. A lot of growth has happened for me Thanks for listening all. Blessisngs, Celticangel
There has been so much support here on PC and I thank everyone for being there. My mom's birthday was Sept 24th and I got through it without crying all day. I went to the park, took a cupcake and a candle and I sing with her, wrote to her and visited with her in my heart. I have much more acceptance and I still have moments, but falling apart at the seams helps nothing. A lot of growth has happened for me Thanks for listening all. Blessisngs, Celtic

ty for letting us know how you're doing
it's beautiful how you recently connected with her
What ccomes to me is that somehow your continued awareness of her will continue to deepen your connection to yourself and others.. she continues to love you, and you her.

For you and your mother, rose rose
Beautiful, thank you for what you said. I mean it. Somtimes I wonder if I'm sharing with the wind when I make some of my comments. Grief is a very personal thing and maybe I share TOO much. But hey, that's how I roll. Keeping all this stuff bottled up is why I drank for 17 years and happily, I've been clean and sober WAY longer now than the years I drank. The journey to wholeness is riddled with challenges. None more so than the loss of those we love. So I take pride in sharing that I have a least one or two more answers than I have had. Some say that's called wisdom and it's sharing adds to the wisdom of others. For me, it's just taking sane and knowing I'm not alone in this. Thank you again for reaching out. It means a lot. Celtichug
A most lovely tribute poem for a loved one...Wow, Feb 23rd is my birthday...Thanks for visiting my humble work my friend,,

Kenthanks rose
Thank you Ken for your comment. Those we love, as you know, bring out the BEST in us. So true.

Hi Celtic (Lady) Hope you are well.... This is a lovely poem, and is a great tribute to your Mother. Beautifully writtenhandshake wave wave
Thanks kindly Ravensgold. That's very sweet. Hope all is well with you WAY over there across the sea. Blessings!head banger
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