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.
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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.