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Gray

Mournings

Lace hankie tucked inside her jacket sleeve
Hard candy filled the tin beside Mom’s purse
Gray mournings, nature’s gifts for those who grieve
At times when it seems nothing could be worse

So many dresses filled her closet space
And most of them I’d sewn by hand for her
I folded them as memories gave chase
Recalling the fine fabrics Moms prefer

Her perfume bottle nearly stood half full
Its fragrance still brought thoughts of Mom to me
And when I packed her scarf of finest wool
A teardrop fell that only Dad could see

For as I stowed Mom’s things, my Dad looked on
He knew I’d pack again when he was gone




*January 3, 2020

Copyright © | Year Posted 2020




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Date: 2/14/2020 10:02:00 PM
Carolyn, Congratulations on your win! This sonnet brings back so many memories through such a tender lens especially those revived by the scent of perfume. Really nice!
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Date: 2/14/2020 12:29:00 AM
This poem choked me up again even tho I marked it as a fave and read it a few times. I am so happy to see it in Second Place Carolyn! Congratulations! xxoo
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Date: 2/9/2020 7:02:00 PM
Carolyn, Beautiful, moving, excellent! David
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Date: 2/8/2020 1:32:00 PM
So lovely and delicate is your grieving! Beautiful. Lonna
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Date: 2/8/2020 7:49:00 AM
I could feel the sad emotion in this sonnet, Carolyn, nicely done. Congrats on your win. Hugs John
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Date: 2/8/2020 1:48:00 AM
Beautiful. Thank you and congratulations x
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Date: 2/7/2020 4:48:00 PM
aha, I see this is one of yours I had FAVED. No wonder it won second place. Way to go, Carolyn!!
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Date: 2/7/2020 2:01:00 PM
Carolyn, this one needed a hankie to get through. The aftermath of a parent dying involves many tasks, some help with the grieving process, some bring up vivid memories (for better or worse), some just keep us busy as we grieve. I liked your play on morning/mourning. Beautiful and touching, well-deserving of your high placement in Emile's sonnet contest. Hugs ~ John
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Date: 2/7/2020 12:03:00 PM
Beautiful. Moved me to tears. Congratulations on your podium placement.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 2/7/2020 12:05:00 PM
Thank you, Janis. Your input means a lot to me. Hugs, Carolyn
Date: 2/7/2020 11:40:00 AM
Beautifully written poetry Carolyn, congrats. :)
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Date: 2/7/2020 11:20:00 AM
wonderful touching poem Carolyn...congrats on your win :) hugs
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 2/7/2020 11:27:00 AM
Just one of life's saddest moments and many people go through it. Thanks for reading, Sandra!
Date: 2/7/2020 11:18:00 AM
Congratulations Carolyn! Your remarkable poem earned “Second” place in my contest. This contest was tough to judge but your poem caught my attention from the first reading, well done my friend, Emile.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 2/7/2020 11:26:00 AM
Thank you, Emile. I enjoyed writing for your contest!
Date: 1/20/2020 11:32:00 AM
So heartfelt and original, the message transcends the sorrow;-)
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Date: 1/10/2020 11:25:00 AM
Like everyone else this touched me deeply, I can't imagine losing my Mom, it must be horrible, this sonnet is one of the best I have read lately so into my faves it goes. Thanks for posting this sad beauty!
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 1/10/2020 3:52:00 PM
Thanks, John. It felt cathartic when I was writing. I think the loss of my mother was even harder than losing Dad 11 years ago. I was lost without her.
Date: 1/6/2020 1:39:00 PM
Beautiful and touching sonnet-tribute to Mom, Carolyn. That 'teardrop' speaks volumes. Superb. Warm wishes, Gershon
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 1/6/2020 1:57:00 PM
Thanks for reading, Gershon.
Date: 1/5/2020 10:56:00 PM
This moving sonnet brought tears to my eyes Carolyn. I hope it is a top winner for you. I must put it into my Faves. xxoo
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Date: 1/4/2020 3:02:00 PM
It's sad when you have to do that Carolyn, when my father passed a lot of his things went to charity shops and all the glassware him and my mother had I took to a cancer charity shop, It eased things a bit knowing their possessions were doing something good. Tom
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 1/5/2020 4:42:00 PM
Our church took their things and distributed to needy parishioners. It did help some to know this. After Dad died, their furniture went to the Salvation Army. No waste. Thanks for reading, Tom.
Date: 1/4/2020 9:40:00 AM
What an excellent sonnet, i think Emile will love this one.. i could feel the sadness and angst in this..
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Date: 1/4/2020 7:48:00 AM
Excellent sonnet Carolyn--sad yet beautiful. Memories unfolding in every line--and the ending tugs the heart. Very best for TOP win.
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Date: 1/4/2020 2:52:00 AM
You captured the solemnity of a dear mother now departed. Never forgotten. A decisive winner in my opinion.
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Date: 1/3/2020 10:16:00 PM
My gosh Carolyn … as sad as this sonnet is, it is beautifully written - thank you for posting - Lindsay
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Date: 1/3/2020 6:58:00 PM
wow, Carolyn you did an outstanding job with your sonnet for Emile. A FAVE for me.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 1/4/2020 12:36:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea. I was inspired by an Ed Sheeran song called "Supermarket Flowers." I cry when I hear it. The song brings back all the memories described in my sonnet.
Date: 1/3/2020 4:46:00 PM
I have a huge lump in my throat Carolyn, a scenario many people face after the loss of a loved one. I found it heartbreaking when dad died and we had to sell the house and the possessions went to auction or the charity shop - so many memories but only for those who are left. Mum now only has a room in the care home, i retain a few things of theirs at my house but cant hold on to the past. adding this touching gem to my faves:-) hugs jan xx
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 1/3/2020 4:47:00 PM
Thanks, Jan. Packing away a loved one's life is one of the hardest things any of us will ever have to do. Thanks for your kind words. Hugs, Carolyn
Date: 1/3/2020 4:37:00 PM
Wow Carolyn, that was incredibly sad and heart touching. You have brought this scene to life and I could feel the ache of sadness. Best wishes in the contest.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 1/3/2020 4:41:00 PM
Sadly, this is the duty that fell to me after both of my parents passed. My siblings lived too far away to help. I gave all their things to the church. Thanks for reading, Chris.