In Memoriam

“I love, love, love you,”
you sang to me
In your last fragile days,

I love, love, love you, Mom.

You left too quietly
careful not to wake your child.

But I will always see you–
sketching at the lake’s edge.

on the horizon, phthalo blue,
crimson red ignites
your autumn, raw pigment
mutes your ocean storm

These were your colors
a lifetime of blended hues…

You have left me a white moon
scrubbed across an unfinished canvas.

But one frail hand reaches out
from beneath your fleece throw:
“You’re a very satisfying daughter.”
And inside, I am reaching up

to thank you
for showing me beauty
in the broken shell

For all you’ve done for me,
for others for who you are,
for gracing me as my mother.

© Sandra Tyler 2016

View Guest Contributor Sandra Tyler’s bio is HERE


Jamie Dedes is a Lebanese-American poet and free-lance writer. She is the founder and curator of The Poet by Day, info hub for poets and writers, and the founder of The Bardo Group, publishers of The BeZine, of which she was the founding editor and currently a co-manager editor with Michael Dickel. Ms. Dedes is the Poet Laureate of Womawords Press 2020 and U.S associate to that press as well. Her debut collection, "The Damask Garden," is due out fall 2020 from Blue Dolphin Press.

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