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Mum sat in her aromatic garden,
admiring its charm and grace.
It was a cold morning,
but mum never seemed to feel it any more.

Her eyes were tired, life's adversities had taken their toll,
yet the smallest things filled them with joy.
Like the perennial ivory lilies blossoming
among her loyal, royal forget-me-nots.
The tranquil scents of lilac lavender, 
blooming among radiant Jerusalem sage, 
always made her smile.

Her hands were wrinkly, but resilient,
despite years of hard work as a single mother.
Still strong enough to tend to her grandiose display
of ruby red, aureolin yellow and puce pink roses.
Mum always told me the thorns were like knights -
there to protect the rose's fragility. 
That a woman is a man's most precious flower, 
requiring tender care and appreciation.

Evergreen conifers parade along the perimeter of
my lovely mother's garden, like a colony of soldiers,
protecting a beautiful, yet delicate, 
Japanese cherry blossom tree.

Mum always told me it reminded her about life,
how everything was temporary, just like its fragile buds,
that only blossomed in the spring and 
how the lightest breeze blew them away.

Mum taught me so much and was my inspiration,
picked me up when I was defeated, 
taught me that only in defeat do we learn.
When the world tried to change me, 
taught me to accept myself,
to love myself before I could love others 
and be true to who I am.

As I sat with mum admiring the beauty of the seeds sown,
melancholic tones flooded my emotions, 
wondering how I would cope without her.

Was I selfish wishing to die before her, 
so I would not have to mourn for her,
but it would be so heartbreaking 
for her to mourn for me.

My contemplation was interrupted by an outbreak of rain.
Mother simply smiled and said: 

"Rain is mercy from God, my son." 

Written 26 February 2016

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 7/18/2018 10:01:00 PM
Beautiful, I love the way you described every flower. The words flown beautifully. Thank you for sharing, silent one.
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Date: 4/30/2018 7:32:00 PM
Simply beautiful. I felt the rich, vibrant colors and could almost smell the fragrance of the garden. It made me really stop and contemplate the deep love and admiration I have for my own mommy, who turned 85 today.
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Date: 3/14/2018 1:26:00 PM
Your poem is so deeply emotionally moving to me. Every line you've written is rife with love and appreciation for your Mum. I love how you share her wisdom through sprinklings of her insightful phrases in your lovely lines.. The intimate introspection of the last half of your poem really flooded my heart with tender emotion about the loss of my beloved Mom. Your Mum is magnificent and the poetic apple didn't fall far from the tree, my friend! A brilliant write! Warmest wishes. ~Susan
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Silent One
Date: 3/15/2018 9:37:00 AM
Thank you Susan, this seems to have been popular amongst the soup community, I was a bi surprised... Thank you for the kind words, I really appreciate it..
Date: 3/13/2018 9:15:00 PM
This is beautiful, SI: We have a small Japanese cherry tree that has bloomed and I worry about the wind blowing all the petals away. Your mother sounds like a lovely person. Thanks for sharing your lovely poem. SuZ
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Date: 3/15/2018 9:37:00 AM
They are so beautiful, but so fragile.. Thank you Suz..
Date: 3/12/2018 9:07:00 PM
Oh my, another Mum poem, you certainly can write beautiful poems about our Mum's Silent, this is another beautiful one, your Mother sounds like she was a wonderful lady and one I would have loved to have met, reminds me of my Mum in her garden which she loved so very much, wonderful my friend, take care......Vera
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Date: 3/15/2018 9:40:00 AM
Thank you, I am sure you both would have got on so well..
Date: 3/11/2018 8:13:00 AM
Most mothers have a certain wisdom which comes from their many mixed experiences in life...some more than others. You must be proud of this lady who exudes wisdom and positivity, S-1. Regards // paul
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Date: 3/15/2018 9:40:00 AM
Thank you Paul, mothers are always so wise and normally right..
Date: 3/11/2018 4:38:00 AM
The smallest things filled her with joy. So true of the best mothers, I believe your mother was cherished and revered in this garden of life by many. You have revered here in the best and happiest of ways. Your imagery is terrifically written, and your tribute to your mother wonderful.
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Date: 3/15/2018 9:43:00 AM
Thank you Caren, you are right it is always the smallest things that make the most beautiful memories...
Date: 3/10/2018 9:10:00 PM
Wise woman your Mum. Perhaps you inherited all that is beautiful inside you from your Mum. "...Mum always told me the thorns were like knights - there to protect the rose's fragility..." and the last line. Without knowing her, it is read in your written word...Magnificent phenomenal woman.
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Date: 3/15/2018 9:44:00 AM
I believe I do inherit all my good things from my mum, my father was too much of a thug and angry man, so glad I do not have those traits, but he was good at judging a person's character and he did give me some pearls of wisdom also, but mainly my mum... Thanks..
Date: 3/10/2018 11:47:00 AM
Very beautiful, very powerful. I miss my mom so so much.
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Date: 3/10/2018 5:01:00 PM
Thank you Pashang, life without a mum is hard..
Date: 3/10/2018 11:27:00 AM
Very touchingly tender, S O. I love the line "That a woman is a man's most precious flower". My mother was a sensational gardener, too. Not flowers, but vegetables and fruit, etc. That woman really knew how to make the weak West Texas dirt come alive. She said it was all due to her "tea"...a mixture of horse manure and water! Well, it worked!
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Date: 3/10/2018 5:01:00 PM
Thank you for sharing your memories about your mom Jim...
Date: 3/10/2018 1:13:00 AM
Your Mum sounds like a beautiful Soul, reminds me so much of my own beautiful mother who has passed on now, but left me with so many wonderful inspirations. A fave for me this lovely poem of yours..Martin
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Silent One
Date: 3/10/2018 5:04:00 PM
Sorry to hear about your mum, Thank you for your visit..
Date: 3/9/2018 10:37:00 PM
Beautiful and enduring poem. It pays a poignant picture in the mind. Waiting for my rain.. Making a fav too :)) pat
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Date: 3/10/2018 5:05:00 PM
Thank you Pat..
Date: 3/9/2018 7:40:00 PM
So filled with rich imagery and wisdom. A FAVE for me. Delightful, SO.
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Silent One
Date: 3/10/2018 5:10:00 PM
Thank you Line..
Date: 3/9/2018 5:09:00 PM
A heartfelt discourse of emotions delicately rendered. A sweet tribute to mother... full of wonderful memories.. deep in feelings many can relate to. Great poem, Silent One.
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Silent One
Date: 3/10/2018 5:12:00 PM
Thank you Vijay..
Date: 3/9/2018 2:54:00 PM
Beautiful reflections of love, SO! So genuine and soul-stirring. Ty for sharing this deeply personal DNA splice of you. Such a transformative pen you possess, my talented friend. Brilliant poetry. Love and smiles always.
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Silent One
Date: 3/9/2018 3:16:00 PM
Thank you Freddie..
Date: 3/9/2018 12:55:00 PM
Wow, that was tender. So happy I came across this today. My Mum is back from Australia and finally another chance to speand some quality time! Well done and thanks for sharing!
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Silent One
Date: 3/9/2018 2:50:00 PM
Thank you Kyle... Nice to hear your mum is back... Wrote one about mum yesterday too... seeing mother's day is on Sunday in UK..
Date: 3/9/2018 12:43:00 PM
How sweet and beautiful, this is! And you mum's wisdom abounds. The greatest blessing one can have is a wonderful mother and a wonderful relationship with her. Happy Friday!!
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Silent One
Date: 3/9/2018 2:50:00 PM
Thank you Mike..
Date: 3/9/2018 10:30:00 AM
Lovely narrative SO, special memories with a message...
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Date: 3/9/2018 2:53:00 PM
Thanks Charlie..
Date: 3/9/2018 9:43:00 AM
Wow..I think your dear mum could agree it would be criminal not to allow your pen to flow and travel through the depths and layers of your soul she helped tap into and unpeal... beautiful dedication to your lovely mum..best wishes
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Silent One
Date: 3/9/2018 2:54:00 PM
Thank you for the poetic feedback...
Date: 3/9/2018 8:56:00 AM
Heartwrenching, for my life from 1948/69 was spent travelling. Before that a can vaguely remember a garden, my grandma's, we lived in her house up until my dad was sent* to Germany by the government. It's a long sad story, although happy times were had. Enough of me, your poem and the song with it had me crying, no, sobbing, and I still have a tear rolling down my cheek. A brill poem of what I missed most of in my life, a full-on relationship with me mum. * Posted was the term used, but at just turned 4 my imagination run riot, thinking we were going to be parceled up and sent, scary it was, :0)
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Silent One
Date: 3/9/2018 3:18:00 PM
Sorry to hear about the lack of relationship with your mum... Thank you for sharing your experiences..
Date: 3/9/2018 8:45:00 AM
Your talent shines through in this poem Silent One!!! So many great lines in this ... but I truly loved "the thorns were like knights, there to protect the rose's fragility ... that a woman is a man's most precious flower, requiring tender care and appreciation" A mother lovingly teaching her son how to be a man ... and perhaps preparing him to care for a woman as she herself never was. Just beautiful!!!!
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Silent One
Date: 3/9/2018 3:24:00 PM
Thank you Judy...
Date: 3/9/2018 8:20:00 AM
A lot of beautiful messages transmitted through your poem...All the best
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Silent One
Date: 3/9/2018 8:27:00 AM
Thank you Arturo..
Date: 3/9/2018 7:58:00 AM
This poem is so special Silent One, and I believe she has reached you in many ways , including your ability to express yourself in your beautiful poems. This is so nice:)
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Silent One
Date: 3/9/2018 8:27:00 AM
Thank you Heidi..
Date: 3/9/2018 7:04:00 AM
A truly beautiful poem Si, what you special relationship you share with your Mum. Her wisdom has flowed into you, through your poetry and your empathy. this has to be my favorite part of your poem....Mum always told me it reminded her about life, how everything was temporary, just like its fragile buds, that only blossomed in the spring and how the lightest breeze blew them away. A wonderful comparison a cherry blossom to Life as we know it. I bet she will have tears in her eyes reading this lovely poem, so well written and a fave....Maria
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Silent One
Date: 3/9/2018 8:28:00 AM
Thank you Maria..
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Maria Williams
Date: 3/9/2018 7:10:00 AM
Perfect song choice , I love that song
Date: 3/9/2018 6:58:00 AM
Hello Silent, A wondrous free verse here for sure, with a very memorable narrative. Superbly Done!! Best Wishes for the weekend. Cheers, Gary
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Silent One
Date: 3/9/2018 8:28:00 AM
Thank you Gary...
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