Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

Mum's Ashes - Poem by Alison Cassidy

We didn't give you
a proper send off mum.
(I regret it now)
but then,
I resented
the 'friends'
who never bothered
when you were old
and irritatingly frail.

So we filled the house with flowers
and Bach
and the bunch who cared.
And dear old Ted
(who used to prune the garden)
offered to
'do the honors'
with the rose bush.

Later,
after sandwiches
and Gibran
we traipsed out into the garden.

Unfortunately
the ashes proved
a tad voluminous
for Ted's carefully prepared resting place,
so I concealed (surreptitiously)
the excess in the cupboard in the hall.

When I left the conjugal home
some months later,
my ex found your 'brick'
and dumped it on the drive
with a rude note.

So I took you home
and scattered the other half of you
over my new garden
with my new lover standing beside me.

And something tells me
dearest mother,
you would have smiled.


Comments about Mum's Ashes by Alison Cassidy

  • (2/22/2008 6:50:00 AM)

    Some lines make you question...and move you beyond belief. Thanks (Report)Reply

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  • (2/9/2008 2:36:00 AM)

    I pictured myself, standing there in the garden, with that After- firework-night-expression,
    all in the sunshine but a strange quiet...silence

    This is skillfully crafted

    Love duncan X
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  • (2/7/2008 10:55:00 AM)

    Your honest and moving words cannot help but touch the hearts of anyone who chooses to read this poignant narrative where every line is brimful of emotion. The small details like the 'Bach' and the 'dose of Gilbran' ground this poem so well - you have the ability to tackle difficult subjects with such refreshing honesty and insight. An exceptional write Allie. jz xx (Report)Reply

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  • (2/5/2008 11:41:00 PM)

    This is sooo vivid that I felt like a fly on the wall - a sticky intruding (Report)Reply

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  • (2/4/2008 8:15:00 AM)

    Very poignant and bittersweet. It would be impossible to read this poem and remain
    untouched. Your love for your mother is apparent in every line. Beautiful
    work, Alison.

    Affectionately,

    Sandra
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  • (2/3/2008 6:40:00 PM)

    oh Allison,
    This is so touching, with sadness, it had to have been hard, but they say angels always know, you did the right thing and what a wonderfull tribute to pay to your mom...... Excellent.......

    Bonnie
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  • (2/2/2008 4:26:00 PM)

    You've nothing to regret about the 'send-off' - I'm certain Nid would have approved... (Report)Reply

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  • (2/2/2008 6:10:00 AM)

    Excellent poem this one Alison the title is eye catching and the poem is very good faultless work. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/1/2008 10:53:00 AM)

    I love this Allie, you have such a tender way of story-telling.. HG: -) xx (Report)Reply

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  • (1/30/2008 9:21:00 PM)

    ali...you are so crafty...down to earth...so to speak...another great poem...thanks for sharing... (Report)Reply

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  • (1/30/2008 6:22:00 PM)

    A great tribute to the precious character in this world called 'Mom' who ever pardons for our mistakes? (Report)Reply

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  • (1/28/2008 11:14:00 PM)

    this brought tears to my eyes. iI lost my mother 17 years ago from a car accident. We dumped her ahses at the foot of my sister's grave right where she would want to spend the rest of you rlife.

    Very sad, but beautiful
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  • (1/28/2008 11:21:00 AM)

    This evokes in me the right emotion.
    Thank you (sadly)
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  • Ernestine Northover (1/27/2008 9:31:00 AM)

    For nineteen years my Mother kept my Father's ashes in a Chapel of Rest until she could be buried with him. So in a way he had a second funeral when her ashes were put in with his and laid to rest. Strange things people do but that is there perogative. Lovely read.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX
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  • (1/27/2008 6:43:00 AM)

    Great work Alli.........
    There alway's with us lady..... alway's...
    RogerXxx
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  • (1/27/2008 4:59:00 AM)

    Ali, this is so touching, i nearly cried..Finally, your mother have a home.. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/27/2008 4:01:00 AM)

    Very touching - written impeccably well. I am sure your mum would smile in appreciation of the beautiful way in which you expressed your feelings.

    Love and take care
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  • (1/27/2008 3:48:00 AM)

    She's happy just to be near you. Sweet poem. Lovely flowers. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/27/2008 3:22:00 AM)

    Allie, this is really touching. I sincerely think your Mother is smiling not only at what you wrote, but at her new home too. Top marks and thanks for sharing this my friend.
    David
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  • (1/27/2008 2:36:00 AM)

    Allie, this is incredibly touching.
    Something tells me she would have smiled on reading this, too.
    t
    xx
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 27, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 31, 2008


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