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A Mother's Grave
by Felix LeRoy Perry
Sunday, May 11, 2008
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This poem was written as a word of advice to teens and young adults who don't really know how dear there parents are...
PS I posted this on Friday but it was lost along with other workds when AD systems went crazy

A Mother’s Grave


The small graveyard sat at the end of the road, beside the small chapel, a mother and son stood in the doorway of the house that stood beside it. They were in a heated discussion and in the graveyard an older man sat on a small fold up stool with a red rose in his hand and when the boy walked by he called him over…


“Sorry son but I just couldn’t help but overhear

The words with your dear Mother you did share…”


That you couldn’t wait till you were older

Then you would get a place all your own

You said you wished for another Mother

Or that it was just you and Dad alone


She tried to explain why she made the rules

Love for you guided her decisions every day

She was not trying to win a popularity contest

And she sure as hell wasn’t in it for the pay


You said that you didn’t care about that

Why can’t she just get it into her head

You’d just do what you wanted to do

And mumbled I wish you were dead


Now son, this is what I want to tell you

And I hope you listen real, damn good

You should be careful what you wish for

It’s something not always understood


You see I spoke like that to my own Mom

Must have been thirty years ago today

I was just about your age if I recall

I never knew the price I’d have to pay


For Mom passed away a short time later

I never even got the chance to say goodbye

Or to thank her for all she’d done for me

She was just gone in the blink of an eye


So each year I place this rose upon her stone

Sit and share with her my life this way

Son now go and tell your Mom you love her

And will until your dying day…







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Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 5/26/2008
Heartfelt and true. We only have today. Wise write. R
Reviewed by Connie Faust 5/13/2008
What a teary one this is! It's a beautiful admonition that should be read by many, many today. I love the picture of winsome Aunt Edna--I had an Aunt Edna, too, but in my mind she's always at her ironing board, ironing and sighing.
You did great with this subject.

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 5/12/2008
Oh Fee, You made me cry, this is so tender and beautiful..Such a life's lesson here..
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Morning Star 5/12/2008
Beautiful words of wisdom sad emotions
Excellent advice Fee
For teens and young adults
Beautifully writing and expressed thoughts
I love every line in this poem!
Peace Love and Hugessss...Morning star
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 5/12/2008
Couldn't be more right. xOx Pea xOx
Reviewed by P-M Terry Lamar 5/12/2008
You sure know how to bring a tear to the eyes of someone. Though I did tell my mother I loved her, it was not often enough or in enough detail. I rarely saw her because I was in the military, and she only met my (then) baby girl once. I wish my daughter had known her maternal grandmother so she could see her extraordinary example of unselfish love.
Thanks for this poem.
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 5/12/2008
I envy all those who can go to their mothers and say those words and know that they are graciously, happily and decidely received. For those Mums that value the love given them by their children...Personally I wouldn't know a Mother like that...BUT I know that I am that kind to my own children, and I take comfort, solace, in the knowledge that not everything in this world has to be inherited. Some peeps just don't get it, never will sadly, save miracles happening, but you only get one life to do it in..I know a Mother that is on the wrong end of the lifecycle to play around with it all, "Sniff Sniff" In the end it will hurt me more, knowing if she don't turn her eye's back to the source of life, and appreciate ALL of her offspring, well........Do the math eh!
Love yah Fee, glad for yah. HUGS CH'erie
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/12/2008
My review is gone as well as all the saved poems, articles and short stories from my library, I am so mad that i am nearly chocking.

Sorry Fee, i don't remember what I wrote, but this poem is a keeper (yes i checked and for now is the only one there) what they said about not uttering words today that you will regret tomorrow?

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 5/11/2008
Such beautiful writing and a wonderful tribute.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/11/2008
wise advice-sad yet beautiful write
Reviewed by Mary Coe 5/11/2008
Beautiful tribute and a brilliant write. Fee, I really, really enjoyed this poem.
Reviewed by Anna M 5/11/2008
Powerful indeed. It's not often a piece of writing chokes me up. I'm sure you made your dear mum proud!
Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader) 5/11/2008
Wow Fee, you outdid yourself this time! Your poem should be made into a poster for school walls everywhere! A much needed display for all junior high and high school age to see daily. Great poem Fee, one of your best. Well Done! Deborah
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 5/11/2008
I'm crying. What a tribute and such sage words. Liz
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/11/2008
Felix I love this poem and it is my favorite of all as I hope children read it teens I should say and realize they only have their Mother's for a short while. Like you and many others I wish I had mine back. thank you for sharing.

Love ya face Cuz XOXOXO, Rose
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 5/11/2008
What a beautiful tribute to your mother and mothers everywhere. I hope your poem makes its way to the hearts of children - both young and adult.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/11/2008
Just a note, Aunt Edna is actually my own mother and she passed on when I was in my young twenties but we were always close. Happy Mother's day in Heaven Mom.
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