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Her Last Home

My heart breaks as I enter the room,
And see my mother sitting in her wheelchair,
Gazing with unseeing eyes
Through a strangers window
Waiting…
For the occasional visitor
For news from her beloved grandchildren
For death…

In her silence she remembers
A loving mother, taken too soon
A small child, mistreated abused
Surviving alone
Self-reliant, self-sufficient, independent
A lifetime of habits
Too hard now to break

She longs to be loved
To be held, to be needed
To not be so alone
She has given all she can give
Accepting nothing in return

Does she know how much we appreciate
All she has done for us
How much she is loved
How deeply she will be missed …
Her world is passing
I give her a hug, a kiss
She smiles 
She knows…

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 2/23/2014 7:04:00 PM
I lost my dad when I was a child and my mother went to be with him a few years ago . I miss them both every minute of every day . This poem is absolutely magnificent and holds so much feeling . Thank you for sharing . Daz
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Date: 2/23/2014 4:11:00 AM
Huberta an excellent write, I did one called Tormented, David
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Date: 2/23/2014 5:31:00 AM
Hi David, thank-you. I read your" tormented" it describes the frustration of memory and personality lose perfectly until all the crayons dissolve, beautiful imagery,yet so sad . I also enjoyed several of your other works cheers Huberta
Date: 2/22/2014 9:16:00 PM
Reading this reminded me of when my grandmother passed away in 1979. You have practically described her in every word you have presented in this writing.
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Date: 2/22/2014 10:26:00 PM
"Hi Robert, i hope my word brought back sweet and special memories for you...that is a very special compliment... thank you cheers Huberta"
Date: 2/22/2014 4:35:00 AM
This is sadly beautiful. I lost my mother many years ago now, This moved me a lovely lovely write love Jayne x
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Date: 2/22/2014 6:49:00 AM
thank you Jayne, i hope the memories of your mum that my words provoked were sweet ones...Cheers H
Date: 2/21/2014 11:51:00 AM
Your tone captures the moment perfectly. I especially like the resolution of this poem. Very touching.
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Date: 2/21/2014 6:18:00 PM
Thank you Gary, it is good to hear I got the tone right and the resolution could be no other.Thanks for taking the time to comment, as that is how we improve.
Date: 2/20/2014 11:12:00 PM
this is SO touching and heartfelt. One of the best poems I have seen tonight.
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Date: 2/21/2014 12:32:00 AM
Once again i say thank you Andrea a big compliment coming from as talented an artist as yourself. Glad you like it.
Date: 2/20/2014 6:32:00 PM
Huberta excellent read and yes a lovely tribute to your mother. fortunately I still have my mother with us, also in a wheelchair and she is 96 years old. Loved it Vera.
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Date: 2/20/2014 8:35:00 PM
Thanks Vera...as for your mum...love her and cherish her and visit as often as you can. Mums are a special breed...Cheers H
Date: 2/19/2014 8:50:00 PM
Beautiful... Verlena
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Date: 2/20/2014 2:21:00 AM
Thank you Verlena. I have read several of your poem...they are wonderful. It is hard to say which one i liked the most. They touched my heart in many ways. You have a wonderful talent. thank you for sharing