A Poem By a Motherless Daughter About Dying, Grieving, Grief & Mourning On Angel's Wings Her Heavenly Soul Takes Flight

On angels wings

Her soul takes flight

Across the moon

Into the night

Upon the wind

Her spirit has fled

Free from the pain

Disease had bred.

Her soul is in flight

She is heading for home

In free easy grace

Will her spirit now roam

Heartbreak and sadness

No longer exist

She is floating upward

Into heavenly mists

Across the stars

Her soul takes flight

She drifts ever farther

From our sights

She's going home

She'll cry no more tears

Released from the worry

Released from the fear.

Across the dawn

Her soul flies on

A shadow of pink

Greets the rising sun

Her heart is light

Her spirit is free

She soars ever upward

Toward eternal peace

Bound to the earth

An anguished cry

We have no wings

We cannot fly

Blinded by grief

As she departs

Leaving only her memory

Within our hearts.

© 2011 Kristen Burns-Darling

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Delinda 6 years ago

This is beautiful.

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Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

Completely breathtaking - you almost make her journey sound too inviting. This is a work of art!

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ahorseback 6 years ago

K Burns Darling, I think this is a trip for all angels , there are so many , too many ! I love the way you wrote this!And the picture wow!!!

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chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

The soul's flight - how beautiful is your description and with such hope also. Thanks for the writing.

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Time2shine 6 years ago from Cardiff

i really love this, so amazing.

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K. Burns Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Wow! Thank you everyone! When I woke up this morning, I didn't expect such an overwhelming response to something that it has taken me thrity-two plus years to complete, and that in the end is really just the interpretation of something.....(I don't know exactly what to call it...a dream? a vision? an idea? ) in any case, a picture that was created by, and then stored in my mental photo album, by my eleven year old self. This poem and I, we have shared a long and winding history that began with my mother's death at age 40 from metastic ovarian cancer in October of 1978, until now. Going through a box of my old journals recently rediscovered in my father's garage, I found it's earliest unfinished version scribbled across an otherwise blank page in my journal from November of that year. It's various unfinished incarnations are subsequently scribbled throughout my journals since then, as I would occasionally pull it out and adding and subtracting lines, attempt and then fail to paint exactly the picture that I saw in my head. Last night, for some unknown reason, it just finally all fell into place. For whatever it is worth, this is what I saw in my mind's eye, or in my dreams, or my imagination, (still at a loss as to what to call it..) on the day that my mother died. This is the picture that I have been struggling to share ever since my poor father had to tell his eleven and nine year old daughters that Mommy had gone to heaven. So while it is very special to me, I truly didn't expect that it would draw such a response, and I am humbled by your gracious and lovely words! Thank-you.

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Kimber Ley 6 years ago

lovely :)

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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

Hmm this feels like someone died. I am sorry you lost your mother. I understood that much before my lazy brain was willing to read your comment. Well done and expressed.

sandy27m 6 years ago

You have potrayed sensitivity of the departed soul beautifully! I should say awesome!

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PR Morgan 6 years ago from Sarasota Florida

A beautiful description of someone's passing on to a new world....

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K. Burns Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California Author

PR Morgan - Thank-you for your kind words.

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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

My eyes are all misty after this one. Great poem, your very talented

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K. Burns Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Healing Touch - Thank you very much for your kind words, I am glad that you enjoyed this piece.

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epigramman 6 years ago

...well I have a soft spot for angels so I am glad that I have met a person who writes like one .....and one of my favorite films - Wings of Desire by Wm Wenders (check it out on You Tube) is a story about angels and their inner conflicts with mankind.

I really enjoyed the way you 'ascended' poetically speaking through the course of this piece - as if I was flying high too - well actually I was - after reading this!

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K. Burns Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California Author

epigramman - You say the nicest things! Thank you so much for your kind words, and for taking the time to read my work. I will be sure to take a look at that film. Thank you again.


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gg.zaino 5 years ago from L'America

K- well done. Voted 'Up' on this one.

I have found that the more i write about loss it fades away more quickly and becomes no more. By writing I unburden myself.

Poetry is the art feeling, imagery and fine words. I believe you have all three components here K.

peace my friend- greg

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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@gg.zaino - I am humbled by your kindness, thank you so much for taking the time to read this, it is greatly appreciated. My poetry is different from anything else that I write, as it just comes mostly on it's own, from somewhere inside of my heart. Since around the time that my mom got sick, and then subsequently passed away, it has mostly been my way of coping or dealing. Thanks again!

Valerie 5 years ago

I just love this poem..

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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Valerie - Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and your comments, they are always welcomed and appreciated!

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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I'll repeat what I said when I read it many months ago and add what a glorious talent you have for tender, loving tributes to all that you write about.

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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Poohgranma - Awwww Sherry! You must have seen my FB post this morning. Thank you for the generosity of your time and for you friendship, they are so very welcomed and appreciated! I will probably message you later today, but if perchance I don't, I wish you and Gary and your family the happiest and most blessed of New Years!


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Cshasong 4 years ago

As a daughterless mother, your poem resonates with me. It's only been 3 and a half years since my loss and I have yet to be able to capture the feelings with words. You did, so beautifully and eloquently.

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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Cshasong - I am so sorry for your loss, I watched my own grandparents struggle with the loss of their only child, my mother, and learned early that a child should never go before the parent, it is just not in the natural order of things. I am glad that you were able to find something akin to comfort in the words that I wrote. Thank you for the gift of your time, and for your very gracious comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated.


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