Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Backwards Time

Mother's Day 2013


Through my years of rogue-like wandering
a circuitous path, the ins and outs and ups and downs
at times defiant as a two-year-old,
you remained passive with undying love.

And now you're dying.

I wonder if you know    I know
you stood beside me, a whisper in my heart?
That as a mother you excelled?

I'd like to accelerate backwards time, go back 
and send daily praises to your side, thank you
for mothering me, for instilling family values--

blood a thread of life forever tied to piano keys,
your tender melody woven in my mind.

Today I'll sing your lively tune.

~

Today's Inspiration:
Poetry Jam~ Tribute
3WW~ accelerate, passive, rogue
PU Mid-Week Motif~ Love (in 14 lines)

42 comments:

humbird said...

What a tribute to your mom! Sad and bright in same time...~ I hold your hand ~ Blessings!

Mary said...

Beautiful tribute to your mother, Laurie.

At times like this a person does look back and realize what ALL one's mother has done over the years. I am sure right now your mother can sense how much you appreciated her guidance and acceptance and wisdom. It is a precious time you have now, Laurie, but also a very hard one. Peace to you both on this journey.

Susan said...

Tears, Laurie! Such love overflows and touches everyone in its path. I am sure she feels it and felt it all along, knew it before you did, before you could find the words that have grown from seed. The whisper, the piano keys, the values and melody. Laurie, what a gift you give us in this poem.

Gabriella said...

Laurie, I find that your words to your mom in this tribute are all the more powerful as they use the everyday language we use when addressing relatives. I understand that you wish you could go back in time and tell your mom how much you value what she has done for you but I am certain she knows this. Thinking of you during these difficult days.

Jae Rose said...

Time is such a tricky thing to master..even at its most difficult it goes too quickly and the important things seem lost..i think you have penned a beautiful song to your mother..and a beautiful thank you

Sheilagh Lee said...

This is a lovely tribute to your mother. I know this is a difficult time for you, it's hard to see this happen to your mother. Prayers for you and your family.

Brian Miller said...

ah it woul d be nice to go back and let them know along the way what they meant to us...i know growing up i was not always as appreciative....a bitter sweet tribute laurie

Sherry Blue Sky said...

So moving, Laurie, and no better person to write a tribute to. I'm sure she knows of your love and gratitude. Mostly, I am sure, her heart is just full of love for you. It's the way mothers are. Am thinking of you, kiddo, as you walk this difficult terrain. It is a sacred time, accompanying a soul making its passage from this world.

annell said...

Yes, you were one of the lucky and your Mother as well! Beautiful!

Robert Bourne said...

very emotional poem... the strength of the ties with your mother stand out ... nicely written...

alan1704 said...

Beautiful words and lovely tribute. Cherish each moment, every touch, each tear they are precious, just like your words,

Kathryn said...

A truly emotional piece, I like to think she knew.

Peggy said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother--and the time of this prompt is indeed good for your situation. I hope your mother can still hear you read this poem! Hugs.

Bethe77 said...

Made me think how precious our lkives are and how fleeting they are. Love this tribute to your mom. Beautifully done! Blessings

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Laurie,

So much love held in each of your chosen words. It flows with an immense love and gratitude to your mother. She will sense it too Laurie:)

Best thoughts in your direction,
Eileen

grapeling said...

gentle yet your fierce love shines, Laurie ~

Donna Smith said...

Yes, it would be so nice to be able to go back and fill in missing words, give all the postponed hugs, and get answers to questions we never thought to ask. I know. Hugs.

Kathe W. said...

yes! I'd like to go back and say more to my mother. Somehow tho' I think she knows.

Janet Martin said...

so, so touching,esp. love your final stanza!

hugs and prayers(())

ayala said...

A beautiful tribute. It brought tears to my eyes.

Wendy Bourke said...

A lovely tribute. So difficult to find the words for the love we have for our Mothers.

"your tender melody woven in my mind"

Perfect!

kaykuala said...

What a fine tribute to Mom! A friend and mentor who extends everything from love and material gains without expecting anything in return. Wonderful write Laurie!

Hank

Patricia A. McGoldrick said...

...from the heart, winsome, Laurie.

Myrna R. said...

What beautiful words about your mother. I know this is a most difficult time for you. And I can only imagine how hard it is for her to leave you when the time comes. I hope you both get to talk about this, share your love and permit the separation. Blessings to you Laurie.

oldegg said...

What more would she want that to have brought you into the world and for you to be there at her passing. It is good to grieve because that is pure love.

ds said...

Lovely tribute, Laurie. I think she understands...

artbyrae said...

the best tribute is to our parents so true and a nice way of writing this

Heaven said...

very touching Laurie ~ and that picture is priceless ~

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, how I can relate! But you will have conveyed it in many ways over the years. :)

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, how I can relate! But you will have conveyed it in many ways over the years. :)

Belva Rae Staples said...

This is a tender and touching tribute to your mother. Every mom would love to hear that their child thinks she excelled.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

A heartfelt account of an all to frequent lament. Nicely done.

a good atheist said...

so beautiful, what a lovely message to your mother

Kamana said...

beautiful tribute to you mum. i realise now, as a parent myself, how my mum did such a great job of parenting. i wonder how she managed to be so patient and never lose her temper with me. wish i could say the same about myself, lol.

SaraV said...

Laurie, you got me all choked up. Such a beautiful, heartfelt tribute. You have such a talent for weaving words that immediately touch the heart. Hugs to you and your wonderful mom <3

nan said...

So poignant. So beautiful. I love the ending. Thinking of you.

Enigma said...

"blood a thread of life forever tied to piano keys,
your tender melody woven in my mind."

Beautifully penned. Mothers always hold a very special place in our hearts and lives.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

you've brought tears to my eyes

Linda H. said...

lovely words

Linda H. said...

lovely words

Susie Clevenger said...

What a lovely tribute to your mother...there were many times I wished I could go back..a time when I knew the reason my mother was so unhappy. I discovered a heartbreaking secret that explained so much about my mom.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Absolutely beautiful.