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Ocean's Edge

Updated on October 2, 2009

In Memory of My Mom!

My mom passed away almost 2 years ago. It has taken me this long to finally write about grieving her loss. I title this poem, Ocean's Edge, because she was given the strange nickname, OCEAN, by my father. We grew up hearing it, so used mom and ocean interchangeably. Anyone close to us kids, ended up calling my mom, Ocean. Needless to say, she was not always thrilled with a bunch of teenagers approaching and then greeting her with, "Hi Ocean!" Ocean's Edge represents the unending and deep sense of loss experienced when you lose your mom and one of your best-friends at the same time, And the slow and painful process of acceptance that gradually develops and is on-going.

Ocean's Edge

a bottomless pit
a frozen crevasse
like the still black night
 
 
the ocean's edge or
lifelong friendships-
  limitless!
 
 
love for a child can never
be destroyed.
 
 
an enduring bond of soulmates
exists forever
 
 
time can't be measured
  so marches on
stars can't be counted
  and galaxies expand
space is continual, it
  can't be grasped
 
 
The Sun
ever present 
a monument
it stands
 
 
things without measure times
without end
 
Voices
Memories
 
 
Love Remains.
 
 
Love makes its home in the heart's
deepest places
 
 
resides though inactive
still
quiet
in solitude and pain
 
 
how joyous the memory
how deep the love
how rewarding the knowledge
of what once was
 
 
a empty place
an endless space
 
 
Yet fueled by love
Grief exists
 
A Beautiful Tribute.
 
 

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      MFB it is so sad we are in the same "club". Sixty years of age is so young to pass away but in retrospect I guess the death of a beloved parent always comes way too soon. Thank you for sharing the tribute to your mom with me, it is beautiful!

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      Great Hub and tribute poem...reminds me of what i wrote when my mom passed on....

      Losing Paradise.

      ©-MFB III

      She was Jacqueline Kennedy

      and Marilyn Monroe

      As lovely as Garbo

      or Bridgitte Bardot

      She was Mother Theresa

      a most gentle saint

      She became Clara Barton

      when I felt ill, or faint

      As smart as Al Einstein

      as kind as St. Nick

      she was here 60 years

      but they went, oh, so quick

      she could generate smiles

      she could bring me to tears

      many storms crossed my face

      as we weathered those years

      she offered times shared

      some that I left unused

      visits missed, calls not made

      but she seldom accused

      She loved without compromise

      she died all alone

      I'd give up all I cherish

      just to once go back home

      to feel those sweet arms

      and those hugs that I've missed

      all the grief that I've lived with

      chased away with her kiss

      If you still have a Mom

      and she's somewhere alone

      find a moment to call her

      take a day to go home

      It will bring so much joy

      with so little in cost

      lest someday soon you join me

      here in paradise lost

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Thank you RedSelassie. I hope you go a very long time before you ever lose someone close to you, it is a pain I wouldn't wish on my worse enemy. Glad you haven't felt it yet.

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      Sharif Selassie 7 years ago

      Deep--I have never lost someone that close to me but I felt like I was there with you--Respect.

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Thanks so much Suzanne, I will look forward to reading about them. So sorry they are both ill. I know that must be very difficult for you.

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      Suzanne Marcelle 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great poem Jen~ It's beautiful! I love my mom so much also. So much it hurts. Both of my parents are ill so it really touches home. I'm inspired to write! Thanks :)

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Thank you for reading Coolmon2009

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Beautiful Poem thanks for sharing

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Thanks so much Sara! Kind of you to bookmark me as well. I appreciate it!

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      Sara Tonyn 7 years ago from Ohio, the Buckeye State

      Beautiful poem! And great hubs, too! I've bookmarked you cuz one of my cousins has a close friend with MS. I'll send her your way as I'm sure she'll enjoy reading your work and learning from it. :)

      Keep up the good work!

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Appreciate that Rebecca E. thanks for leaving the comment!

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      excellent and moving poem, it speaks to the soul.

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Katie, what a compliment, thank you so much, my friend!

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      KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado

      What an absolutely beautiful poem, Dar. You arrange your emotions beautifully, like paint on a canvas.

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      ladyeagle, I'm glad your mom will be able to read about your feelings for her while she is alive and well. We all tell our moms we love them, but what a great gift to write a poem just for her. I will look forward to reading it.

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      ladyeagle_cdc 7 years ago from San Juan City, Philippines

      Great poem! just had an overseas talk with my mother. A poignant hub that motivated me to make poem for her. Thanks for sharing. God bless!

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Amy, since you were the one who helped me get to this point, you can't imagine how important your comments are to me. Thank you again for enabling me to get in contact with my innermost feelings so that I could finally get them out.

      And I'm sure glad you like the poem! :)

      Dar

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      Amy Gurowitz 7 years ago

      Wow. What a beautiful juxtaposition of words Darline. It is so hard to capture these emotions in words. You have done so, seamlessly. That you called your mom Ocean is so powerful. Like a metaphor from the beginning, her presence on the Earth... is greater than the land. You've created a life boat of emotion. Most impressive. I hope it will help you feel close to her when you read it again- so powerful what you've created here.

      Kudos!

      Amy

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Hey there Sue! So nice to see you again! Thanks so much for recognizing the special relationship my mom and I had. She would be proud that I found a way to cope with her loss as she never wanted anyone crying over her. :) thanks so much for your comment. Looking forward to running into you again here on hubpages!

      Dar

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Dar

      What a very nice poem. Love is an intangible yet remains and can still be experienced in a familiar smell, a familiar place and in family even as we look in the mirror and see images of the love in the lines and smiled playing out on our own face. Your mother was obviously a loving, caring woman...I am sure she is appreciating the tribute now and how well you have poetically expressed for many others to continue to appreciate her oceanic flow in life.

      Beautiful!

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Hi Val! Thanks for taking the time to comment, especially since you have so much going on. Hope to see you around as your schedule permits.

      Jess, thank you. I have learned love for a parent can never be destroyed as well. Which has comforted me.

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      Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      "... love for a child can never be destroyed ..."

      Exactly right. Beautiful hub, Jen

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      Violet Valerie 7 years ago from Westminster, Colorado

      I really liked that poem! Thank you for sharing it.

      Sorry I have been MIA lately, too much going on to keep up with even half of it!