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The Joy of Mother's Love

It begins with the joy of giving birth
Continues even after the moment of death
Life, like the scope of all man's music
Opening and closing passages of love
Messages sung and carried on the wind
Written in the deepest part of the heart

That palpable place we call the heart
Emotion long before the first cry at birth
Scent of beginnings carried on the wind
Unable to imagine  the notion of death
For her baby, mother's unconditional  love
The crooning sound of  her sweet music

The years pass, so changes the music
But not the forever melody in her heart
Children grow and so does her love
A bit different than the day of birth
But constant and hopeful until  death
As  perennial as blows the winter wind

A young man's story is written on the wind
With pen in hand he writes his own music
With hardly a thought of the canvas of death
But tucked away in the corners of his heart
The certainty known from the moment of birth
That in her life he would always find love

Still his mother's eyes are filled with love
Vision dim with age , acknowledging time in the wind
The spring will bring again the miracle of birth
The lambs in the fields will make their music
The joy of rebirth will fill the simplest heart
Beauty will reign even in winter's death

Facing now the certainty of her coming death
He looks at his child with a new depth of love
Knowing with certainty that breaks his heart
Letting his tears be dried by the gentle wind
Believing he will still know the joy of her music
Hoping that in death will come a new birth

Garner strength in your heart to face death
Remembering from birth a life full of the joy of love
And as the wind of time blows, hear the music

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 12/13/2010 11:05:00 AM
Congratulations on your win Barbara in Deborah Guzzi's contest. Love, Carol
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Date: 12/11/2010 4:13:00 PM
Verses 5 and 6 are exceptionally wise and beautifully written. The whole poem is a marvelous example of a sestina. I find it a difficult poetry form to keep one's attention, yet you accomplished that, by keeping the lines short. congratulations!
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Date: 12/9/2010 2:53:00 PM
Congratulations on your win..Sara
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Date: 12/9/2010 1:35:00 PM
Oh such beauty and the meaning of birth.Loved this one.Thanks for sharing.Congrats on this well deserved win.Teresa
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Date: 12/9/2010 4:04:00 AM
Congratulations on this well deserved in the contest of Deb, Barbara
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Date: 12/8/2010 8:12:00 PM
What a touching and beautiful poem. The sentence,'still his......with love' is superb. Many congratulations for this win.
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Date: 12/8/2010 5:58:00 PM
Congrats BG on your big win in Debbie's contest with this exquisite entry and emotive write .. enjoy your spot at the top of the winners list with luv.. way to go...
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Date: 12/8/2010 2:07:00 PM
Congrad's on your win and the topic you choice to express joy was great, too many excellent lines to list. I loved it. Light & Love
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Date: 12/6/2010 10:30:00 AM
Hi Barb all looks well verse 1-6 verse 7 we are all doing 2,4/6,5/3,1 with the words midline not end line please adjust I'm sorting today, very good write and topic! Light & Love
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Date: 12/1/2010 6:56:00 AM
Absolutely the best poem I have read this morning. It is going into my favorites Barbara. ~~~Magnificent~~~ A winner to me. Wishing you the best in the contest and always. Love, Carol
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Date: 12/1/2010 5:12:00 AM
it's the only love we have comparable to the love of God. john
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Date: 11/30/2010 8:52:00 PM
Thanks Barbara for passing by my writes and leaving your comments. May you find a big win with this heartfelt write, all mothers will relate to this. One love and blessings. Joy (Jew)
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Date: 11/30/2010 8:30:00 PM
You did a great job with your sestina, Barbara. I like the subject you chose, the cycle of life and death and the importance to enjoy a mother's special love. Made me miss my mom, so you will touch many readers. I'll be sending you a regular email, dear LNC. Love and best wishes in the contest, Carolyn
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Date: 11/30/2010 4:51:00 PM
Well Barb this has brought tears to my eyes .. only a Mother could connect to your lovely lines of emotion and every woman will relate to this Sestina.. well done for the contest by Deb... good luck.. great message my friend.. with luv..
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