Gratitude for Life

Gratitude for all she was…my mother

Gratitude for Life
Gratitude for Life…a mother’s legacy

She lay still, the warmth of her pale skin fading,
that weakening pulse having left her neck motionless,
as if my imagination was playing tricks,
I, waiting for eyes to open and this all a lie,
yet there she was, the womb of my nurture,
my one stoic Allie in life, void, like nothing left.

Shock befell my being,
as if time relented, and I caught within its freeze,
staring at an empty vessel, limp and vacant,
thoughts that could have been moments ago,
like a mist dissipating in cold air,
and we all grouped in tears, as witness.

No more words of comfort, no hugs,
now understanding smiles,
no advice when all was lost,
no laughter, no tears, no mistakes at cost,
just an empty space, where love was,
a silent remembrance of life.

By myself I explained to her I would be alright,
that was her concern, not for herself,
so I apologized for all I did as a son, all I compromised,
and knowing she loved me so, I could have been better,
even knowing that flesh was still,
I believed somehow she knew my words.

My mother passed leaving a legacy of life,
a gift to me, an opportunity to right,
and still I hope I make her proud, for all I am in life,
and all she tried to be in her own struggle,
now at peace I hope she sees,
the gratitude I have as her son.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au
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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

4 thoughts on “Gratitude for Life

  • August 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM
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    Such a beautifully and poignantly expressed loss. She gave you your life, and there is no pride, that fulfills like the pride of a Mother. This brings tears to my eyes, and fills my heart with ache, because I only ever wanted to have such a close relationship with my mother, to make her smile, to know her embrace…as you had, it’s such a beautiful everlasting gift to be grateful for.

    I know your Mother is beaming with pride, In the next life, Tony. Thank you for this.

    Best,
    Mel

    I love this.

    Best,
    Mel

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  • August 22, 2016 at 6:26 PM
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    So glad it touched you Mel, Mum’s been gone for 30 odd years and still I think about her, her laugh, her inner strength and heart. I was an only child, mun lost three other children before me. I guess that cemented the bond. Thank you for your kind words. Take care.

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  • August 22, 2016 at 10:35 PM
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    She does know, Tony. She knows who you have become, and always knew you would be alright to be all you can be. This verse touched me deelply, for I had the same thoughts as I stood by my Mother just after she left us. Others could not stand with her in death, they could not face it, but I had to. I needed to talk with her spirit and let her know all I needed to let her know. And I know she heard. You did a beautiful thing for your mother and yourself as you stood by her, you helped her spirit on the path to peace. Very loving and emotive verse.

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  • August 22, 2016 at 10:41 PM
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    Glad you appreciated it Phyllis; yes words unsaid can haunt us, and I made sure I said what I had too. Thanks for you kindness.

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