Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Life

1952-2014

Mother.
Daughter.
Grandmother.
Wife.
A life.

Kennedy.
King.
A man on the moon.

Joplin.
Hendrix.
Gone too soon.

Nixon.
Carter.
Oil boom and bust.

Nursing
and farming
and working too much.

Loving hard.
Loving unwise.
Loving reckless with wide open eyes.

Murrah.
McVeigh.
Nine One One.

Osama.
Obama.
Wars undone.

Wandering lost.
Wandering home
to the arms of her savior.
Dates carved in stone.

Mother.
Daughter.
Grandmother.
Wife.
A life.

For my mother.  

Submitted to Poetry Pantry at Poets United

16 comments:

colleen said...

I love the shorthand of words amounting to a life here.

patchouli moonflower said...

This made me cry. Sooo good, MZ. So powerful. ~Especially that twist at the end, suggesting that her life is *not for you.* You want something different for yourself.

I think we can honor and respect the life someone else chooses, and still not embrace it for ourselves.

Gillena Cox said...

luv your galaxy of senses and events. A beautiful tribute indeed

much love...

Jae Rose said...

What a stunning tribute.. a presence ingrained in your soul..and honoured

Fireblossom said...

Nothing I say will add to this. It's perfect.

brudberg said...

Really not a word missing... every single one jolted memories... and a life lived, perfect tribute

Sherry Blue Sky said...

As Shay says, this is perfect. A life fully lived.

Sioux said...

Gorgeous. Moving. Inspiring.

Mary said...

This is a very moving poem, MZ!

Susan said...

Invocation, celebration, a total history. Love.

ayala said...

Perfect!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Oh this is soo moving, MZ
Really gorgeous tribute.

Lots of love,
Sanaa

J Cosmo Newbery said...

It clips along. Very enjoyable to read.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Young to go, yet she lived through so much – and, by the sound of it, lived so much. xx

Julian said...

Beautiful

grapeling said...

love ~