Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Mother's Love




                                               A candlestick flickered in the window
                                               Like so many long nights before
                                               She sat alone in her rocking chair
                                               Waiting, watching the door

                                               So much time had passed, but yet
                                               Each day and night the same
                                               A lonely mother's heart yearned
                                               Warmly, like the candlestick flame

                                                For the son she loved so dearly
                                                Had been gone forty some years
                                                No letter, nary a word
                                                Not knowing, she shed many tears

                                               So many miles and oceans apart
                                               Some radiant spark gave her strength
                                               Her body may have become old
                                               A mother's love goes the length

                                               The peace she patiently longed for
                                               She feared she'd never find
                                               She lost it somewhere in Vietnam
                                               A place where a mother's love is entwined

                                               The rocking chair is now empty
                                               No candlestick can be found
                                               Just the whistling of the wind
                                               And leaves falling upon the ground

                                              @ Susie Swanson

32 comments:

  1. Oh so sad, Susie. Made me wonder how many times my mama sat and waited for me to come home, and now her chair is empty.

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    1. I've often wondered that myself..We never know how much they're missed until they're gone. I miss mine more each day..Thank you Charlotte.

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  2. Oh, Susie ... this is awesome! I can picture every emotion of that time ... then & now.
    TTFN~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

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  3. I really liked the sentiment in your poem. It was very moving.

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  4. Susie-I loved this one-so bittersweet! You did such a good job I felt like I was sitting there watching her :)

    tipper

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  5. Susie,
    This poem was very touching. My mother-in-law spent many sleepless nights waiting for her son to return from Vietnam also. He did finally return home. Was this poem about your mother? 'A mother's love goes the length'.....I love that line.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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    1. Thank you Sheri. No, but it relates to my mother and everyone else... My mother in law waited for her son, ( my hubby) to come home and he did.. She had two others that served at different times.. I wrote this from a Prompt that was posted to a Poetry page.I'm glad your mother in law's son returned. So many didn't.

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  6. So very moving, Susie! I'm sure there were a lot of mothers who waited like that. Thank you for sharing this one!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading it Cora.

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  7. Oh Susie! Very emotional and tear filled one. Oh how many a mom had a candle stick lite and waiting then the empty rocker Love this poem'You just rip at the very soul and core of every emotion through your writing I love it so. Stirs so much up inside
    Blessings

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    1. Awe, thank you Beth.. You always have such nice words.. I love your writes as well.

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  9. So beautiful and yet sad.. My mum is 95yrs old and I am traveling hundreds of miles to go and visit her next week.. I love her so, and I despair of the day she won't be here any longer.
    I erased my other reply as I wrote mums age incorrectly. xx

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    1. Thank you Crystal.. That is a blessing for sure to still have her around at 95.. Safe travels my friend.

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  10. Oh, that is so sad...you really pulled my heartstrings with that one Susie! Very nicely done.

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  11. Hi Susie, what a beautiful and heartfelt poem. It was so poignant. You have such a beautiful ability of putting yourself in someone else's shoes and creating a character that is so real and honest. I really enjoy reading your poetry so much! I hope that you are feeling better too my friend and are enjoying the Spring weather. We are going to have a lot of rain here tonight. The wind has sure picked up and I can hear the thunder in the distance. It is suppose to blow out by Saturday. I hope you have a lovely evening tonight. Thank you for all of your sweet comments on my blog, I always appreciate them so much! With Love, Delisa :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet words Delisa.. It's so good to hear from you and I hope you're feeling better.. I also pray the storms wasn't to bad.. We had them to and they kinda weakened because we didn't get them until late.. I was so grateful..I appreciate your sweet comments on mine and it's a joy to visit yours..

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  12. So beautifully sad, Susie, but so true~ there is nothing like a mother's love!! ((HUGS))

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    1. Thank you so much Paula.. You are so right.

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  13. Wonderful poem, Susie. Sad and beautiful all at the same time.

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  14. Susie, Some times your poems are so touching they make me cry. This one did. In a strange way, I could feel the mother's loss. xoxo,Susie

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    1. Awe, thank you Susie. That means a lot to me.. Didn't mean to make you cry though.

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  15. Thank you for sharing the beautiful and poignant poem, Susie. Very touching! Blessings to you!

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  16. So sad. Unfortunately this played/plays out too often. Beautiful work!

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