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A Single Tear - In Memory of Mom

Updated on January 3, 2013

Written for my mom who has now crossed over to the Other Side!

November 18, 1921 - January 2, 2013

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As I visit with mom today, I reflect

on a Christmas that is done; and

changes that have come into effect,

so a mother could not come home.


She sits in her wheelchair, but

her eyes light up at my presence.

It lasts for only a moment, and

yet I see her very essence.





An offering of coffee, at which

she is only able to gaze,

while I'm sure a memory flits through

her head of happier days.


Her head is hanging down now, and

she moves it slowly side to side.

And in a flash, drops a single tear

that no longer can she hide.




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My heart is breaking,

as I bend down by her side.

I hug her to me, to still the aching;

my own tears, impossible to hide.


Wheeling her up and down the hall

is the only small pleasure I can give.

While in my mind are things I recall,

and I wonder, "is this a way to live?"




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Lunch is ready; a nurse has arrived

Time for me to depart, and

as I promise to be back again, I hear

her say, "Goodbye Sweetheart"


"For My Mother" - who will always be missed!

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      Anne 9 months ago from Spain

      Dear Lynda.

      It´s been many years since we last spoke but something had me searching you out today, maybe our loved ones in spirit have a plan !

      So sorry to hear you lost your mum but as we both know, she is not lost, just in another room.

      I hope you are well.

      Love and best wishes to you from me xx

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Aw - thanks so much Epi - for your kind comments - and for dropping by to read. I am not a poet as you well know, but if the mood is right - it just happens, I guess. : )

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Good morning Lynda, my esteemed fellow Canadian from lake erie time ontario 12:09pm where everything is covered with a light dusting of snow again and the lake looks like it's frozen over a bit.

      Please know that I am truly sorry for the loss of your dear mother and it's better to have loved than not to have loved at all , my mum would often say, and she was definitely my best friend (as was my dad)

      My mum passed away in 2004 and my dad in 1992.

      Big hugs from your three friends at the lake erie shores and sending you warm wishes for 'your' health, happiness and prosperity and creativity too in 2013

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Paula - thanks so much for your kind comments. I know mom's time has to be near; it just seems to be such a struggle. Today again we just see her laying there, not able to do much. I know you have your have your own memories of this very difficult time, so I thank you for reading once again and giving support. All the best to you for the New Year. Lynda

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      lyn...sweet, touching and so loving. A tear came to my mind too....as you brought me to my memories of my own dear Mom....rest her soul. tears of both sadness and the joy of remembering....UP+++

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Eddy and I wish you all good things in 2013.

      Lynda

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful tribute to your mother and I wish you a great 2013.

      Eddy.

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much PDX for reading and commenting. I appreciate it very much.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      very poignant and beautifully done. a touching tribute to your mother!

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Whonu - mom is 91 now - just turned November 18 - so your mom and my mom are pretty much same generation. I loved their style, and interestng that mom reminds you of yours. I will go look for your hub on your mom. Hugs

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are so welcome Mhatter - and thank you for reading.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing your mother with me. Really.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      I am quite amazed by how much your mom and mine look so much alike in their younger years. My mother is 85 now and because she has walked so much her last few years is in better health. I really appreciate my mother and tell her so everyday. She is my guardian angel and I wrote a hub about her a short while back. whonu

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Isaac for your very kind compliment. I am not a poet; I really don't know what I'm doing in that department - but this is the way I wanted to capture today. And I think I just wrote it from my heart. I really just write short stories. Thanks again for dropping by and commenting.

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      Incredibly Sad and beautiful Craiglyn,

      You are a great poet, and I love how you describe the mother and daughter, And how you describe the poem. I can't Wait to read more.

      I. White

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, whonu - even if in difficult times with them; in the end they are our mother. Thanks for having a look. I am not poet as you well know, but sometimes I feel inspired to try. : )

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Our moms mean the world to us each, don't they my friend. Thank you for sharing this lovely tribute. whonu

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Jackie for reading and commenting. Yes, it is something well go through, and we never forget.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very beautiful, I have been through all this and although my mom is now gone, I relive these memories almost daily.

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you faythef! : )

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Touched my heart..God Bless you and your Mom...Going to go call mine right now