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Say Goodbye Soon...
by Debora E Hill
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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I wrote this poem shortly before my mother died. It has never been published; everyone thinks it's too long!

Sometimes, you watch her.

Mostly now, she watches you.

Your life is fascinating to her,

as it always has been.

Her world has become so small

she needs to annex some of yours.

No more bridge games...she can't see the cards.

No more books...but you found the ones on tape.

She doesn't have a dog anymore

She couldn't take him for walks.

Once, she was the most beautiful of the mothers

Now, she's the only one left.

Your friends love her, and you love them, for that.

But the spirit is still in her

Even though she loses a little life each day.

She tells you, she'd like to visit the Ice Hotel

125 miles north of the pole, in Sweden.

Or ride the Orient Express

from London to Istanbul.

And you think, please...just once

Let me give her something great.

But some months, there are too many bills

And all you have to give is your love.

Her mind is still strong, but

Once she asked where dad was...

Your dad's been dead for years.

And the day she called you mom...

You laughed and said she's the mom,

you won't let her get out of it now.

But you know it's a lie...

You're the mother now, and she the child.

You ask for help,

But all they offer is advice...

It's time, now, to send her away.

And you deny it fiercely...never!

Not my mother, not that place.

But you're weary, and one day you ask...

How would she feel about that

And she looks at you somberly and says,

Please don't put me in a box.

The cat spends more hours lying on her bed

And stares at you with chartrue se eyes

that say...this one is precious

and has precious little time, with us

Be sure you make it count.

So you smile, and hug her and try

To still do things she loves to do.

Sometimes, you cry.

But she can't see you.

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Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 11/21/2006
greatly expressed (deep-sad)
live and vividcan feelthe love here

enjoyed this poem
Reviewed by Peter Paton 11/19/2006

This poignant piece cuts to the bone..
Reminded me of my own beloved Mum..

Beautiful poetry

Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 11/19/2006

"Say Goodbye Soon"
Debra, your poetic narrative is dramatically heartfelt by the reader.
This tribute to your Mother portrays an abundance of love, respect, and how much you cherished her/and she you.
The love you two shared radiates magnificently through this jewel of a write! Additinally, both voices were heard, both hearts were felt, the nuturance of one another balanced throughout the entirity of this work.

Every stanza spoke to my heart,
From the Heart of an Artist Quiet Storm
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 11/19/2006
I think this is a beautiful tribute from your heart for your cherished mother full of love. I don't think it is too long, I really enjoyed it from beginning to end, when poetry is written from the heart and soul, is purpose driven...the length doesn't matter. Thank you so much for sharing, it was beautiful...I think I'll go call my mom haven't talked to her today.
Blessings from Kentucky,
Happy Holidays and God Bless
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by J M 11/19/2006
I think this poem is a special tribute of love. A blessing to be able to read. Thank you for sharing this poem.
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