Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

Mother's Day Weekend!





For many of us, our mothers are passed, and so the search for a card, gift, flowers, has passed and yet there is a need to root through memory.  I think this poem is a beautiful way to honor the spring.




Kaddish
 
Mother of my birth, for how long were we together
in your love and my adoration of your self?
For the shadow of a moment as I breathed your pain
and you breathed my suffering, as we knew
of shadows in lit rooms that would swallow the light.
 
Your face beneath the oxygen tent was alive
but your eyes were closed.  Your breathing was hoarse
but your sleep was with death.  I was alone with you
as it was when I was young but only alone now
and now with you.  I was to be alone forever
as I was learning, watching you become alone.
 
Earth is your mother as you were mine, my earth,
my sustenance, my comfort and my strength
and now without you I turn to your mother
and seek from her that I may meet you again
in rock and stone: whisper to the stone,
I love you; whisper to the rock, I found you;
whisper to earth, Mother, I have found my mother
and I am safe and always have been.
 
~ David Ignatow ~
 
(New and Collected Poems 1970-1985)
 
 


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