Mom's Story

FINAL MOTHER'S DAY
(5/10/10)


now
ten years past
your last
May holiday
with us

when surgery
and radiation
were complete

and a measured
vitality
had returned
to you

children

grandchildren

surrounded
you

as you
smiled

laughed

enjoying
those fleeting
maternal moments

knowing
the limitations
of your
diminishing
existence

the calendar
upon your
kitchen wall

marked
the decreasing
medical
appointments
as the year
wore on

you were not
expected
to be here
to make
many more

any concerns
you showed
were quickly
transformed
at the sound
of a grandchild

and for
the day
you were
definitely
the mother
of us all

as you
continue
to be

a decade
gone