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Raindrops and Rainbows

depression squeezed like a boa constrictor taking most of the joy from her life struggling through the Great Depression she dropped out of high school, went to work an “A” student, she did what had to be done although she shed tears nearly every day her children still made her smile Mom lived vicariously through us celebrating each victory of her three children never missing a chance to congratulate us life with Mom could be hard some days she didn’t get out of bed we, her children, cooked and cleaned the family joker, I sometimes brought a laugh cherished were those rare moments one thing she had always requested – that we kiss her at her wake just thinking of this made me sad but I gave her that last kiss on skin so cold, hard each time a raindrop comes my way I remember the tears Mom shed but when a rainbow paints the sky it is her love that I remember and wish I could kiss the sky
*Entry for PD’s Early Mother’s Day contest

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  1. Date: 4/5/2012 8:29:00 PM
    Carolyn, your poem is a heartbreaking yet wonderful tribute to your mother. I really like the last stanza. Congrats on your 1st place win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 4/5/2012 6:15:00 AM
    A belated congratulations to you for your win in P.D's "Mothers day" contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/4/2012 12:59:00 PM
    Very touching write Carolyn great tribute to your mom congrats on your win love vie

  1. Date: 4/4/2012 8:29:00 AM
    A heartbreaking, yet too real story. I'm sure many could see their own, within your poem....a bittersweet story of your love. Beautifully written, dear Carolyn.

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 11:15:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Carolyn. Your poem is so heartfelt and honest. It brought tears to my eyes. If PD judged by tears, I say she got it right. An amazing write. Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 8:43:00 PM
    congrats Carolyn on your win with this truly lovely tribute

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 8:36:00 PM
    congrats on a superb first place win for this sensitive and emotional write Carolyn..

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 8:04:00 PM
    I thought this would surely be a big winner. I hope she is smiling over it. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 6:56:00 PM
    Oh such a wonderful write and my mother too was what we would now call chronically depressed, and I too was the mothering child no wonder we mesh so well, and I loved your ending! My Mom was cremated and buried with my step dad..I sang Red River Valley at the graveside. Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 6:33:00 PM
    Congrats on your well written, well deserved 1st Place win, Carolyn. Outstanding tribute. Enjoyed. Great job, my friend. Kudos. Best to you and yours. luv and hugs, Ralphie

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 12:18:00 PM
    beautiful piece inspired by your lovely mom, my friend

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 11:13:00 AM
    Wow this is beautiful and what a nice tribute to mom. love phyl

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 7:02:00 AM
    wow, so strong and energetic writing. Thank you for sharing with us.

  1. Date: 3/28/2012 7:27:00 PM
    Such a beautiful portrait of mom, thank you Carolyn for sharing this verse, hugs vie

  1. Date: 3/28/2012 5:25:00 PM
    This is lovely Carolyn. I wish her life had been happier but you children were her joy. Good luck. About my poem the Survivor's. The movie was wrong. Else how did 100 percent of the children 97 percent of the women first and second class survive while the same class of men had only 32 percent survivors. In lower classes it was higher loss but that was because they probably had to fight harder to get out of their level. Joyce

  1. Date: 3/28/2012 4:19:00 PM
    A lovely tribute for you Mom. Filled with love. Best wishes in the contest. Hugs, Catie BTW - have you entered one for my hexaverse contest? Please do if you haven't. hugs, Catie :)