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Shadowed in the silent room, the day is almost done
Dusk climbs in through the window glass, with one last ray of sun
I start the task, climb on a chair, reach up to shelves so high
to mother's boxes neatly stacked, as the dust gets in my eyes

I take one down, to look inside and sit upon a chair
I find some musty linens, laces needing some repair
I also find old photographs, the year was '42
Her face was smooth as porcelian, with life still young and new

Old documents and letters, a history unveiled
Her letters, torn and yellowed, such stories they would tell
The next box held some china, so lovingly embellished
And then I found a book of verse, inscribed with poems she relished

Some dresses stained and wrinkled, their fabric thin and tattered
Were once a thing of beauty, as if they really mattered
Her jewelry, gold and silver, some lovely rings and brooches
A warm sensation circles me, her presence now approaches

I sense a change come over me, and fleeting leave of gloom
The darkness of the evening lifts, as sunlight fills the room
She wraps her warmth around me, her fragrance in the air
The grief I've held is free to go, I know that she is there

Among these things, I find the last, the smallest box of all
Inside it are the baby clothes, I wore when I was small
A letter there to tell me that she knows the tears I've cried
Her words of love that never died, they fill me up inside

These treasures speak her words to me, and now that I am grown
She wants to tell her story, those parts I've never known
I've heard her voice, while sitting here, among her china flowers
I"ve found such peace, she's next to me, to spend these quiet hours


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  1. Date: 7/7/2013 11:22:00 AM

    Congratulations, with your winning poem .... xox~ PD

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 6:34:00 PM

    Carrie, This is one of the most touching poems I have ever read. Your rhyme so precise with each captivating sentence one after the other.. I felt such a calm and peacefulness surrounding me through your words. Congrats on your win in the contest :)

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 4:33:00 PM

    Wonderful and lovely piece,Carrie...nice write...Congrats on your superb win...

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 11:47:00 AM

    I've come to tell you, Carrie, dear -- of a time when I felt my mother near. -- She told me of such wondrous places -- filled with so many happy faces -- And as I looked from one face to another -- I recognized your loving mother..... Carrie, you are special and this poem of yours says volumes about you.... Nothing more to say.... Just Congratulations..... Jake

  1. Date: 6/29/2013 3:49:00 PM

    Carrie, :-) Congratulations in the Rhyming contest. I'm enjoying all the winners & poems that spoke to me in their own way. enjoy my blog if you like, peace and love. <3<3<3 ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 3:29:00 PM

    What a treasure to discover and your telling of the story was wonderful. The past sometimes is willing to share its secrets.

  1. Date: 5/21/2012 4:08:00 PM

    Carrie, another wonderful win, I'm liking the rhyming game Joyce cooked up herself! Congratulations with your awesome poem, take care :-) * PD

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 9:36:00 AM

    Happy that you were one of my winners. I loved this poem. Thank you for entering. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 7:55:00 AM

    Congrats on your well deserved 1st place, Carrie. Beautiful piece. Thoroughly enjoyed. Great job. Nice going, my friend. Kudos. luv and hugs, Ralph

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 6:31:00 AM

    Congratulations on your top spot win in Joyce's "Rhyming Game" contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 5:25:00 AM

    Carrie, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this beautiful poem about your mother. It is so tender and so meaningful! Congratulations on your win! This is a gem ...Samia

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 2:46:00 AM

    Wonderful, poignant poem... and congrats... Terry

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 1:58:00 AM

    Carrie congrats on your great win..David

  1. Date: 1/5/2012 7:49:00 AM

    Congrats on your win in the "New Beginnings" contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/30/2011 8:46:00 PM

    This is so amazing Carrie, you are fortunate to have so many special memories of her, and treasures to hold dear, I really enjoyed a glimpse into your life, thank you for sharing such treasured moments with me, love and light, vie.

  1. Date: 12/30/2011 1:19:00 PM

    Wow should have been way higher sure beat me out!!! BIg congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/30/2011 10:32:00 AM

    Awesome way to do the challenge, Carrie. With this remarkable poem about a mother's final gift to her child. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 12/30/2011 9:25:00 AM

    You penned the most intimate moments between mother and daughter...even if that mother is already passed on...such a sacred write for you, Carrie. I can see why the Soupers cherish these words so carefully. To my favs too. Gosh, I miss MY MOM !!! Hugs. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 12/30/2011 2:03:00 AM

    Congratulations x

  1. Date: 12/29/2011 11:01:00 PM

    Carrie, Such a wonderful poem, congratulations on your win, Greg

  1. Date: 12/29/2011 9:53:00 PM

    A beautiful write....may you feel your mother's warmth forever....thanks for sharing and congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 12/29/2011 5:47:00 PM

    This poem sounds like it's describing the attic in my parents' old house. Well written with great descriptiveness and rhyming. Congratulations on your win.

    Pettit Avatar Robert Pettit Date: 12/29/2011 5:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ps I'm including this one in my favorite poems.
  1. Date: 12/29/2011 5:29:00 PM

    I absolutely love this Carrie.. This wonderful poem reaffirms what my Mama use to tell ones that go before are never far away..I'm adding this to my favs. list. Many years ago, two days after Christmas, is when she said good bye to us..even though I know she's at peace, I still miss her so. Congratulations on your very fine win, Carrie and I wish you a very Happy New Year! God bless. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 12/29/2011 4:33:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win today.

  1. Date: 2/13/2011 3:10:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Congrats on having your poem bieng featured this week. Keep writing dear friend! Wishing you many more feature. Love always, Adeleke

  1. Date: 2/9/2011 9:39:00 AM

    Congrats on your feature this week Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 1:37:00 PM

    A beautiful set of recollections, Carrie. Not long ago I went through my mother's pictures and shed a tear just like you. Congrats on the selection. Love, daver

  1. Date: 2/8/2011 9:13:00 AM

    Congrats, Carrie, on this one being featured. This touches, the mark of a great poet. Vince

  1. Date: 2/6/2011 6:16:00 PM

    What a striking beauty you have sketched in this sweet and lovely write my friend. The memories of bygone days are the most precious wealth, which we keep near our hearts. Remembering them always results in a sweet poem like yours. Great write my friend and congrats for it being featured poem of the week. Love and best wishes always....Ravindra

  1. Date: 2/6/2011 6:03:00 PM

    Congrats Carrie on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a great one to share with us all with luv..