ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

To My Mother On the Event of your long and painful struggle - A poem

Updated on November 6, 2012
Just 5 months before her death, Mom celebrated Easter in the hospital.  No matter what, she was always ready with a laugh and a smile.
Just 5 months before her death, Mom celebrated Easter in the hospital. No matter what, she was always ready with a laugh and a smile. | Source

Written to Doris Ellen Ruth "Boots"( Nally) Erwin

To My Mother
on the event of
your long and painful struggle.

When you are gone from here
it will not be sorrow 
of your death
that we feel and grieve
for we will be glad 
you are finally
 at rest; without pain.

Yet we will be sorrowful . . .
for who will show us life 
the way it’s meant to be?

Who will show us how to be
truly grateful for life’s daily
precious mementos even though
day to day existence 
can be flooded with pain?

Who will bring laughter to each passing minute,
not letting that minute pass 
without having something 
to smile about?

Who will gently guide us 
with words of heartfelt wisdom;
though we’ve tried 
to convince you that 
we obviously know it all 
- and then some?


Who will demonstrate 
strength of character,
courage of conviction, 
and gentleness of compassion
even in the throes 
of painful adversity?

No, we are not sad because of your death,
but we will most assuredly remain forever lonely
at the loss of such an amazing life.

We love you.

-Donna Kay Bryan
March 22, 2006

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing such a personal event, and for giving us a glimpse of your mother. Bless you, bless her, and celebrate in her loving memory always.

    • Donna Kay Bryan profile image
      Author

      Donna Kay Bryan 4 years ago

      Thank you for your kind words. She was an amazing woman. If I turn out to be half of the woman that she was I will consider myself extremely blessed.

    • Lord De Cross profile image

      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Wow! This was so touching. Seeing your own mom, struggling but putting her best smile did show us how far we can go in facing the pain of this world. Your tribute poem is powerful as well. Even though it was written back in 2006, it shows your love and devotion for your dearest mom. Happy holidays Donna!

    • old albion profile image

      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Donna. I have read your hub this evening. It is so sad to see your mum or dad pass away. You never really get over it. However happy memories do come to mind in time and you smile as you think of the daft little things they used to do. You probably know that by now though. Keep those memories safe.

      Graham.

    • Donna Kay Bryan profile image
      Author

      Donna Kay Bryan 4 years ago

      Joseph,

      I'm so glad that Mom's strength came across. She was an amazing woman whose appreciation of life, no matter what, encouraged so many while she was alive. It is her quiet strength that still guides me today, and encourages me to be the strong woman that she knew I could be. Happy holidays to you as well, Joseph!

      -Donna

    • Donna Kay Bryan profile image
      Author

      Donna Kay Bryan 4 years ago

      Graham,

      You are so right. With our Thanksgiving holiday two days ago, I was reminded of many mental snapshots of Mom through the years. I also realized, once again, that my sister and I say the same things that Mom used to say, "I'm afraid the dressing is going to be too wet." "I hope the turkey isn't too dry." "Don't touch that until it's time to eat!" lol

      One especially touching moment this year was when we raised our glasses to toast Daddy on what would have been their 60th wedding anniversary. I could feel Mom's presence at the table. I know she was smiling.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words.

      -Donna

    Click to Rate This Article