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by Eileen Clemens Granfors
Monday, April 18, 2011
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A painful anniversary.


She is not there when I pick up the phone to call to chat about my day.

I fall asleep with my hand open, for she may grace me with her night-time presence,

A serenity of soul descends that lets my soft sleep come again.


When I put my feet in water, unwilling to dunk my head, I remember childhood.

She would dive into the waves like a nereid, as if her true self belonged to the sea.

I might cool off with a swim or ride a wave or sit among the wavelets,

She would take on the breakers with a laugh and surety, but never fear.


And now she is ten years gone, ten long years, she was too young,

At 73, she was too young, to have left us. We didn’t believe such a thing could happen.

Not to our mama, our life force, our joy, our strength, our rock, our ocean of love.

She told us she would be well soon enough, and perhaps, that is true ,

In the great beyond, she is well and strong and free.


I sleep with my hands open, I the prickly one who wouldn’t be hugged or fussed over,

I sleep with my hands open, knowing she will come to soothe the ragged hurts in me.



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Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 11/6/2012
Oh this is so touching! I can relate so mom was 77 when she passed away in 2007....not a day goes by that I don't think of her....loved this one, Eileen....

Reviewed by CJ Heck 5/28/2011
Oh Eileen, this is so poignant, so beautiful, so loving. Well done. You've given me goosebumps.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 4/19/2011
This is precious, Eileen. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

Reviewed by D Johnson 4/19/2011
Eileen, this is such a wonderful remembrance of your have done her proud.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/19/2011
In the great beyond, she is well and strong and free

I like to picture my mother that way as well, and I miss her very much, as you do yours.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/19/2011
My mom has been dead 21 years. She wasn't even sixty when she passed away. She died on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1990. Her sixtieth birthday would have been in May, on May 5 of that year. I still miss her as much now as on the day she died. And nearly three years ago, I lost my big, strong daddy; he would have been 78 on October 2, 2008. He is missed too.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/18/2011
This one touched me as I soooo miss my own dear mother who died way to young at only 59 when I was still not much more that a boy myself...thank you for sharing such a tender part of yourself.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/18/2011
Painful to remember of course, Eileen,
but a beautiful tribute to a lady
who left much too early, but as you say,

"In the great beyond, she is well and strong and free."

Peace to you.

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/18/2011
Hard to believe it has been ten years. I too miss her grace, wisdom, thoughtfulness, spunk...and her ratitouille. A sweet cook for the ages. Patrick
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/18/2011
A beautifully moving and powerful poem Eileen xx
I am so sorry you lost her much too young.
Reviewed by John Bidwell 4/18/2011
A beautiful tribute.
I explore a dark side in my poem today- but it is only one side, and not where I reside. I have other poems which celebrate the better things.

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Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead

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The Pinata-Maker's Daughter

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White Sheets

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  17. He’s startin’ in on me again…
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  19. Just me bein' me...
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