My Mother’s Birthday: Two Poems

God’s Grace

You went on
After more losses
Than I can name

With you as
Mother and model
I must do the same

You suffered and
I do not ask you
To bear more pain

You are eternally well
Still saying, “I love you”
Again and again

(Published in Bell’s Letters No. 109; and The Discerning Poet, Autumn 2004) 

And two years later…

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
How love grows,
Mother

Published in Bell’s Letters Poet No. 115, Jan. 2006.

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