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Featured in Lucidity Poetry
Journal, Summer, 2011


My one burning wish -
I want not to fade away
like rotten lace, dumped
onto a trash heap and forgotten.

I want to leave myself behind, 
for those who come after
to inhale during breakfast.

Not money, like my mother,
who judged it to be the only thing
of worth she had to leave behind,
as though her love meant nothing,
as though her virtue didn't count.

A nonpareil pattern of motherhood,
of personhood for that matter,
written in permanent script,
propagated in layers of goodness,
flung onto her progeny
with the glue of infinity. 

As long as I live, so will she.
I want that, 
when it's my turn to go.

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Date: 10/31/2014 3:10:00 PM
no one wants to fade away but like flowers we all bloom with light very beautifully penned excellent piece
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Cona Adams
Date: 10/31/2014 8:13:00 PM
Thank you, Liam. I visited your site and read several of your poems. I enjoyed all that I read; especially appreciated your expression of faith, one which I share. All the best.
Date: 10/31/2014 12:43:00 PM
Excellent poem, Cona! Enjoyed it. Somehow I believe no one wants just to fade away but like to be remembered by loved ones and people that for us really care. Cheers! xxx D.
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Date: 10/31/2014 1:04:00 PM
Yes, thank you for visiting to read, Dorian. My dearest wish is to be remembered as the kind of person my mother was. She was such a great lady, even though she had no formal education, she had wisdom and love in abundance.