This elegy composed in memory of my dear mother who passed away peacefully in her sleep on the cold, early afternoon of 20 January 2010 (which--to me--seems like only yesterday).

Elegy to Dear Mother

Dear Mother—I longed for your love:
so when you passed away I wept;
as your spirit rose up above
my stinging tears, which were inept,
flowed as we began to remove
your cold, silent corpse as it slept—.

Days passed—they gathered for your wake,
a soothing time that was not sad
or grave as they tried for my sake
to pay their respects and act glad:
as you laid there (to never take
a breath again), I could’ve gone mad.

The hour arrived—the funeral
took place on a cold, wintry morn
as if dream-like, strange and surreal.
Distraught, I felt bereaved and torn
as your last rites and burial
left me forlorn—oh so forlorn!

Poetry by Ngoc Nguyen The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2018-05-26 at 02:17

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Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
Losing a mother is one of the saddest moments in one's life.
This is so well written. You almost made me cry.

Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
A heartfelt poem, carefully and conscientiously crafted.