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(6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

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! ! Mother's Last Mothers Day

And on that last Mothers Day,
when the birch leaves
fluttered pale gold,
and the magpies chortled
in the garden,
and the children gathered
round the big bed
clutching the presents
(all edible)
that they knew you’d share,

You looked into their eager faces
and their cards (hand made)
and said:
‘I’m so lucky.
So lucky to have
my lovely family all around me’.

And your eyes sank deep in their bank of pillows,
your back bent into a question mark,
your knees making a tent of the doona.

The books that lined your room,
you’d read again and again:
‘I’ve usually forgotten what happens,
but they’re always pleasantly familiar’.

The children opened the sugared almonds
(your favorites for as long as I can remember)
You handed them round the circle,
sucking yours gingerly:
‘Don’t want to break these teeth
now that Malcolm’s not round to fix them’.

Eight weeks later
pneumonia allowed you a graceful exit.
It was your eighty eighth birthday.

Submitted: Saturday, May 09, 2009
Edited: Sunday, May 10, 2009

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  • Jerry Hughes (2/2/2010 5:28:00 PM)

    Beautifully written sweetheart, brought a lump. Love, Jez

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  • Yoonoos Peerbocus (7/7/2009 3:24:00 AM)

    a nice poetic combination of feelings and emotion/lovely

  • Alex Andreev (6/16/2009 8:52:00 PM)

    Mother's Last Mothers Day - thank you for this poem.

  • David Taylor (5/30/2009 4:30:00 AM)

    How gentle and soft love makes this poem
    even though it ends in such a heartfelt loss.
    Thank you Alison for such a beautiful poem.

  • Reshma Ramesh (5/23/2009 10:17:00 PM)

    i see in most of your poems how people around you have touched your life......well penned

  • Linda Ori (5/22/2009 1:08:00 AM)

    A beautiful treasure of a poem, filled with warmth and love. A wonderful tribute to your mother, who obviously was the center of her family's affections. There is a comfortable sadness to this poem, just as there is felt a comfortable sadness in that room, knowing that each moment is precious and cannot last forever. I'm sure your mother has read this and is proud of the daughter who wrote it for her.
    Linda xx

  • Raveendran . (5/17/2009 12:05:00 AM)

    This poem is very personal and sensational, yet impersonal, yet emotional...

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (5/16/2009 11:26:00 PM)

    This is the best poem I have read on this Mother's Day. Full of sweet imagery
    and memories. One can feel the reality of death converting into a wave of sadness
    passing through the heart with a gentle flow. A beautiful poem for a graceful exit
    of a graceful mother. Thanks alot Alison for sharing Mother's Last Mother's Day.

    Best Regards

  • Nimal Dunuhinga (5/16/2009 8:13:00 PM)

    The painful truth written in Golden letters (birch leaves) that denotes the uncertainty of the sojourn.

  • Stephen Stirk (5/14/2009 11:54:00 AM)

    Once again, a lovely piece with
    imagery that many poets would yearn
    for. There so much in the poem
    that makes it real and feeling.

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