Saturday, July 18, 2015

Woman Of Faith

When I lost my mama,
I wept in the arms of a woman
who had just lost her only child.

My grannie is 82 years old,
and she is a woman of faith.

She stayed with mama
right up to the end.
Nursed her.
Soothed her.
Came when she called in the night.

My grannie is a woman of faith,
and she bears what she has to.

Yesterday, I called her.
She had spent most of an unusually warm
January day cleaning out her flower beds.
"Clear away the dead, and there's already new
trying to come up.  Can you believe it?"

My grannie bears what she has to,
even my doubts.

For Karin's prompt at Real Toads

16 comments:

Isadora Gruye said...

Grannies....got to love em, but the one in this poem is extra endearing. Very much liked this line :
Clear away the dead, and there's already new trying to come up. Thanks for sharing and viva la

Outlawyer said...

This is just a beautiful poem, MZ. Hard to imagine the suffering there--I mean, I can imagine it because I've known the situation before, but thankfully, not first hand. You describe it all so gracefully; your own suffering so palpable for both your mother and your grandmother--but very understated. It's really well done. Thanks. K.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Such a heartfelt pen. Please accept my deepest condolences. Wish you peace.

Love,
Sanaa

Susan said...

Such a mother! Out there in her garden, reading the state of grace in the earth! You must also give her comfort.

Margaret said...

...I've no words. Just emotion.

Wow.

Sylvia K said...

As an "old broad", I too have no words today, MZ, but a lot of emotion!! You are awesome!! Thank you for the beauty and wisdom you bring into my life everyday!!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Very moving. Touching.

blueoran said...

Grace is what she does. Because.

Fireblossom said...

It's a blessing that there are people like her in the world.

hedgewitch said...

Connection keeps us alive. Love this.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh thank goddess you have a grannie, so wise and full of grace. "She bears what she has to", as do you. As do we all. I love this poem. It resonates in the core of my being.

Kerry O'Connor said...

My Grandmother also out-lived my mother, and I cared for her in the last year of her life. After her death, I mourned the loss of both my mothers. Your poem brought it all back to me, but in a good way. I think of the thread of the feminine family line as something indestructible - I see it continue in my daughters.

georgeplaceblog said...

"My grannie bears what she has to,
even my doubts." Beautiful.

R.K. Garon said...

you did well with the topic... bravo!
ZQ

Other Mary said...

Everyone should have such a granny.

grapeling said...

beautiful ~