Listen to the music

Saturday, October 26, 2013

You Weren't Supposed to Die Like This

Don't you know?
They thought you were simple,

Your own family, who took you out of school
At age 12 and took you

To a witch doctor who said since you wheezed,
You'd be better off five feet underground.

And because you didn't read well or make jokes,
Flirt like your younger sisters,

And had small ankles that often faltered
While walking over the slightest crack,

You were always the subject
Of hushed concerns.

So when the cancer came
Everyone was afraid to tell you,

For fear that the truth would shatter you.
I was called from three thousand miles away 

To break your heart 
Because no one else 

Had the heart to tell you
And because I am your daughter.

But I saw the mother I knew
And the graceful way

You gently lived,
Knowing how to let go of what you didn't need.

So when you started to see images on the walls 
That weren't there

You knew it was time.
It was an uncomplicated event,

Transparent and smooth.
You stood up firmly and walked me

To your bedroom
Where you laid down and took off your wedding ring

That you had promised would be mine
When you died.

You smiled and said, This is it.


You were eloquent and powerful.





No, You Weren't Supposed to Die Like This.


via

and 

just watch. 







Dear visitors who prefer looking at pictures: 

I am having technical difficulties uploading photographs. Forgive me for the lack of visuals. I hope to resume my usual posting of images next time.



120 comments:

Art and Sand said...

Your posts always move me, but not usually to tears.

Oh, is this your mother? I do hope not, or if so, I hope it isn't recently and that this is a beautiful tribute you wrote to your mother.

Thank you for always touching my heart, both in your posts and in your comments on my posts.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Simply LKJ said...

Anita, no words really. Such a lovely tribute. I know Leslie just lost her dad to cancer as well. Such beautiful souls now resting in God's peace, anew again.

Kelly said...

Oh Anita, this is just Beautiful and Heart wrenching! Our lives are so intertwined with good and bad and we must carry on and keep what is good alive even though it may be terribly hard at times. The light continues to shine in the hearts of those who will not give up for the belief that love will and must always triumph through our sorrows. It will remain a never ending love. Blessings<3

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Thank you so very much Carol, for your kind words that give me hope that maybe my words alone can cause eyes that seek beautiful photos, to weep.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
Your words stand alone, no images necessary.. The love, sadness and heart wrenching emotion is within these words from your beautiful heart. Brought me to tears.
Love, Penny

Lady of the Woods said...

why is this breaking my already broken heart?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Anita, I understand. Truly, I do. And I am hugging you tight in my heart right now. Thank you for sharing, dear one. I pray that you know there are those, including me, who are here for you.

xo,

Sheila

Burlap Luxe said...

Anita, and many would say your not suppose to live like this!
I am sure if she were to tell her story she would tell you I lived it well. Your heart put her story to words touching our hearts (tear)

Anita,
You brave storyteller, the power in your words makes your mom so very proud of you.
So sad you had to be the messenger of her bad news but, would anyone else do it with such beauty and grace....

Xoxo
Doré

Sarah said...

Anita, these are "eloquent and powerful" words! Your mother surely is smiling down on her beautiful daughter. The love that radiates from these words transcends all time and space. You are an incredible writer!

French Girl in Seattle said...

C'est très beau, très simple, et si émouvant. Ta maman serait fière de sa fille. Qui écrit. Qui enseigne. Qui vit sa vie. Je t'embrasse Anita. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

koralee said...

Oh my friend...you are amazingly gifted. Your words moved me... especially knowing your love for your sweet mother. So very brave for you to share this with us all. xoxoxo

"Create Beauty" said...

You saw her through eyes of love and therefore could see her strength. Beautiful and touching poem.
She was brave.... I do believe she passed this attribute on to you....

Thank you for sharing this Anita!
~ Violet

Denise said...

I'm so sorry Anita if You have lost Your Mother recently.Beautiful words spoken of Your Mom.I was thinking of My Mom as I read Your tribute as I lost Her in 1998.So sweet and precious the time You both spent together at the end.I would have liked to say My goodbyes to My Mom.I didn't know it was the end for Her.I don't have a gentle uplifting post in return for You to read.EEKS-It's a Halloweenie party-but in part a small tribute to My daddy (Who is alive and well at 83) hugs Denise

Prince Snow Farm said...

Oh Anita how lovely this is...the love of a daughter for a mother.....a mother who it sounds was strong despite doubt from others....how lucky to have a daughter like you to share her heart with right until the end. Your writing is so special Anita. Your words touch a deep part of me....they cause me to reread, rethink, and oftentimes make changes to my own life. Thanks friend.

wanda miller said...

MOST BEAUTIFUL words and heart love ever. we just lost my sister and dad a month apart and mom went just last year. I have written many poems since then...it helps heal. you are a most wondrous woman, much love to you for sharing your heart. sometimes it gets rougher later on and then later on and then later on, when you aren't looking...but we always remember the good more than anything else it seems. Much Love and HEALING for you...

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

What a powerful and heartbreaking remembrance of your mother, Anita...she was a lucky woman to have you as her daughter and must have been a lovely woman to raise you into the loving and genuine woman that YOU are. You words are so artful they make me cry. Thank you for sharing them with us...xoxo

Sonja Goodson said...

You have shared the heart of each one of us who have lost our mothers, and my heart is so sad for you. What a brave and beautiful daughter your mother raised. You, of course, would be the only one to go to her at that point in her life. Sometimes we know that all we are has lead us to certain places. You were there for her when she needed YOU. What a gift, bor both of you. What our mothers have given us is more than words or pictures, and her gifts to you are reaping blessings and joy all over the world. Thank you for sharing so well, the things of our hearts. I don't know if this was recent, but if so, may God hold you close in his loving hands, just as he holds your mother.

Love you.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Anita, your mother was brave for you, and you were brave for her.
I love that you still speak to her through your gift. She listens, and so do we,
w/L


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Your words are so powerful and poignant and how proud your Mother would be knowing how very brave and strong you are.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful words with us.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Red Rose Alley said...

Anita,
I loved your poem so. It touched my heart very much. Our mothers are strong for us while we are growing up, and we are supposed to be strong for them when they are aging and needing us, and especially when they are leaving this world. It is easier said than done, isn't it, my friend? I know this all too well. One thing is for sure.......your mother raised an amazing woman, and she lives on IN YOU. You write beautifully, and she would be pleased that your words speak so greatly to so many.

Love,
~Sheri

Gail Peterson said...

So pure and honest are the beautiful words you shared here. A dear Auntie once told me....There is always "The One"... it seems in every family their seems to be the messenger, the respected and strong, the capable, the one who is turned to for leadership. You my dear are "The One" it seems. Proudly and gracefully you handled the task. Truth be known, you are the luckiest one, and the most blessed, to of received that honor and you will be gifted with that precious moment for ever. May you find peace in the days to come. Best to you and your family Anita...
xo Gail
Casual Loves Elegance

Linda @ DesignInMyView said...

Your music selection is hopeful and softly powerful. A perfect match to your writing. As you were a perfect match for your mother during her transition.

I wish for you, Joyous memories of your life with her.

deb famularo said...

I don't know of anyone who can touch me with words the way that you do. Your mom raised one beautiful soul. And from what I can see in you, I know how special she must have been. Her love shines through in you. Thank you for your inspiration, your beauty, your kindness, your positive outlook on life, and your friendship. I treasure all these things more than I can tell you. xoxo

Leslie Harris said...

Anita I am moved beyond words. What a touching, loving tribute to your mother. I am so, so sorry for your loss Anita. I can tell from your brief description that your mother was an incredible woman and I'm not surprised. You are your mother's daughter. And I hope as time eases your sadness, you'll find peace with the realization that she will always be part of you, and her strength, and wisdom and eloquence will continue to flow through your own words. Right here, so that all of us can be touched. I know your mother must be so proud of you.
Blessings to you my friend,
Leslie

Simplement ... said...

Mes pensées les plus tendres et douces s'envolent vers toi pour t'envelopper de mon amitié et de mon affection.
De tout coeur avec toi.
Je t'embrasse
Marie-Ange

Paula said...

Oh my.... I am speechless and crying.....

I am not a talented writer like you, nor a writer of any kind, and I struggle to label my feelings with words. You do it so well, so beautifully, so eloquently. I am in awe at your talent. You've truly been blessed. And you obviously were a blessing to your mother. I'm so glad you were able to be there for her while she was at a time of her life that she was in her greatest need of you. If you don't know it already, there will come a time when you look back and realize what a cherished memory you have. I only look back and wish I had actually been there when my mother slipped into a coma after a sudden stroke which took her from us so unexpectedly.... with no chance of saying goodbye or expressing our love one more time.

Lots of warm thoughts and hugs are coming your way, and not just from me. Your friends and fans are included, and I hope you can feel the loving hugs and well wishes from all. :)

Jade said...

What a heartbreaking poem my dearest Anita.........what a joy for your mother to have such a talented daughter! And what a great joy for all of us..........you always bring so much love and light into our world! Thank you so much, my dear friend - also for the great music.....loooooooove Mozarts Serenade........what a breathtaking post again!!! Have a wonderful sunday,

with love and hugs, Jade

speedyrabbit said...

Anita you are one of the bravest people we have met here in Blogville,this also reminds us of sweet little Benny too.We love you Anita ,thank you for sharing a beautiful if sad memory with us,xx Rachel and Speedy

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

My dearest darling Anita, What a tribute to your Mother you have created. My heart is breaking for you ma chère... may our Father comfort you and wrap His arms around you and help you to celebrate her life. My prayers are with you always.

Blessings, much love and many hugs, Edie Marie

Molly The Wally said...

Beautiful tribute Anita. We agree with everyone else....you are a wonderful kind person who we are so pleased to have met. Your mum would be so proud of you. Have a serene Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

deana sidney said...

I remember years ago when an older friend of mine said he was an orphan I was taken aback. He said it because both of his parents were dead. I am an orphan too.

It is an odd thing to wrap your head around because parents, especially mothers, were there for us, cared for us, made us who we are and when they are taken away from us our lives feel out of joint. Especially when they are taken by cancer.You feel their pain and rolls are reversed –– the caregiver needs care. So many agonizing twists of ancient roles come in this tragedy and throws us off balance in such a primal way.

One can hope it makes us stronger, one feels the gift of a parent more deeply when they leave us. Take comfort, lovely Anita that your mother must have been terribly comforted and proud to have a daughter like you.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Dearest Anita the heartbreak of it all.....I have tears. You speak of such Love in this verse about your Mum. So very, very Brave....sending Love your way and Many Blessings, Dzintra xo

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Oh Anita. This is so beautiful and so incredibly sad at the same time. How blessed you and your mom were to have each other.

Sonja Goodson said...

Ah, so this happened long ago. Poetry brings life into the moment and you did that here. It's like with my own mother, she is always near, and yet she died many years ago. Keep writing Anita, you always say so much through your words, and time is not even important, the expression of the heart said it all.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Anita...my mother died last Thursday...I am still processing all of my feelings...I am sure at some point I will write about it...I lingered here for awhile this morning...

jayneonweedstreet said...

A strength of character that carries through the generations, if so clear. simple and strong. What a beautiful tribute Anita.

It's me said...

Tears falling on my face darling...what beautiful....love you always again and again...x !!

Deborah said...

Wrapping arms filled with love around you Anita.
Beautiful tribute to your dear, dear Momma.
How blessed you are to be her daughter.
...and that you were the sweetest messenger sent to comfort and keep her.
God knew that you would be the sweet fragrance to her that would linger her whole life through.

Hugs & kisses,
Deborah xoxo

Peeters Liliane said...

This post is touching, I know it's hurt when you lost your mother. I lost my mother in 2001 , I still mist her every day!
Big hug, Liliane

VM Creation Atelier said...

Dearest Anita,
You know......
All kindnest words worm the who'll world can't help:((( unfortunately I know it.....
BUT!......
Your memory,your Love for your Mom are endless,dear friend!
How magnificent beautiful is this image with a open window.......
Much love and soul warming thoughts to you......
***Violetta***

Ann said...

This is an endearing post.
I'm moved
and felt certain sad emotions
I usually feel for loved ones.

My heart and prayers go out to you,
I know how it feels
I lost my Mom in 2004
and to this day
she still occupies a place in my heart
that no one else can replace.

Karena Albert said...

Dear Anita, I am so very sorry for your loss. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

xoxo
Karena
2013 Designer Series

D. Jean Quarles said...

Lovely and moving tribute! No photos needed!

The Dutchess said...

WOW....

millefeuilles said...

Eloquent. Moving, A tribute to love. This poem paints enough pictures for a whole technicolour post :-) Bravo.

Hugs,

Stephanie

Row homes Cobblestones said...

Anita,

Such a beautiful and heartfelt poetic post. I too loss my Mom to a long battle with cancer. She passed in June of 2011. In my heart and in my memories she is still with me. Be strong Anita and have much joy and happiness, as it is what a mother most wants for her daughter.

Your posts inspire and encourage us to be free.
Vera

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Very beautiful, moving and poetic. You are a masterclass, Anita. With or without images, your posts always touch us all. Thanks for sharing this tribute.
My best,
Loi

elaine said...

What a beautiful way to honour one's mother - fine words heartfelt

Down by the sea said...

You are able to express so well in words the feelings of loosing a Mother. I lost mine over 10 years ago and this moved me so much.
Sarah x

The enchanted home said...

Anita I got chills and was moved to tears reading this tribute to your mother (?). Oh my gosh, so powerful. You are one talented lady with an endless and incredibly inspirational gift for words, expression and creativity. This was truly beautiful and so poignant.

SizzleandZoom said...

Eloquently and beautifully done. Very moving. Sorry to hear about your mother's passing.

NanaDiana said...

That is a powerful story told here.-one I assume that happened to you. God bless you- it is always hard to let someone go-even when we know they are better in the next world than in this one. Blessings- xo Diana

EdenClare ArtfulFairyTales said...

What am I reading here???
Mommie..she has left you...awh...
and you hold her wedding band
and all those other wonderous
images and memories forever
dear and close your heart???
If I was there, I would, hold you
while this emptiness...passes..
xoxo my dear friend...Eden

EdenClare ArtfulFairyTales said...

...27 years ago...all seems like a moment ago...I bet...those last breathing breathes shared together....blessings my friend as you remember someone wonderful when writing poetry. "The Discovery of Poetry" by Frances Mayes...might be a treasury just waiting for you...

Bilancia Designs said...

I'm confused?
I'm not sure what this post means...
Lisa

Debbie said...

Beautiful. If I had the words to describe how this moved me I would write them, but there are none.
XOXO

kerrie of sea cottage said...

You are beautiful just like your mother. You paint a story with your words that move the heart. I lOVE your blog banner.

Tamera Beardsley said...

Eloquent... and powerful ... I pray I am able to transition my soul ... as beautifully

xoxo
Tamera.

Jay said...

Such a beautifully written post, no need for pictures.

The Dutchess said...

Came back for the beauty of this post...xoxo

Jay said...

Thank you for dropping in to my blog, I 've visited yours a few times but never commented before. It's lovely to meet you too. Jay

Barbara Fisher said...

Anita, your words convey far more than pictures. I am weeping with you dear friend, thank you so very much for sharing this. Barbara xxx

Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

This is just so beautiful. I really enjoyed reading it. Today would've been my father's birthday and so it couldn't be more perfect to read this today.

xo Mary Jo

Erin Anderson said...

no visuals needed...your beautiful words say it all....
erin
xxoo

Pura Vida said...

so gentle graceful serene and mystical as only you could express...she is floating to music and that must give you so much peace..much love my sweet friend...much love

Catherine Robinson said...

Anita...I don't know what to say...I'm lost for words..how privileged you were to have such a wonderful, graceful and indeed strong
Mother and she to have you always.
xx

Createology said...

And you dear have so eloquently told this very sad story. Blessings...

Martina said...

Hi Anita, sorry i'm late to see your wonderful poem. It is very touching and sent shivers up my spine. And yet it is so gentle and loving and it pictures a great way of letting go. Nature has her ways and if we got with it, all is fine. Everything goes in circles - our lives do, too. This weekend my computer was occupied by the kids and i just took time to be of screen a little, did me good! I wish you a super week - enjoy the lovely fall colors! xox

M.A. said...

Beautiful. You have a lovely way with words.

Marie Angelique

Mar Cella said...

"An uncomplicated event," words that ring so familiar to me when I said goodbye to my dad.
"Be you, bravely!" Perfect truth, Anita.
Thank you for sharing your heart with us, my friend.
xoxo's

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

My heart goes out to you and your family. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You wrote of her departure so beautifully and full of love. I hope she wasn't in too much pain. May beautiful memories of her fill your heart with you, like they do to me. Thinking of you! A big kiss and hug from Rotterdam!

Much love,

Madelief xox

Mapi said...

Oh Anita, this touched my heart and my soul .....

Bonnie said...

Anita such a beautiful tribute. Your words painted a most vivid picture. Sending you hugs, dear one. My own mother passed away on this day twenty-four years ago. Reading this post today means so much! Bonnie

Vintage Home said...

Thinking of you as you share your loss in such a striking way. How deeply you loved your mother.
Thank you for sharing this with us.

Heather Lindstrom said...

Soulful, heartfelt and touching Anita dear. My heart aches for the feeling that never goes away. That can cause tears coursing down our cheeks when we least expect them to. You know we share the life and loss of a parent to cancer. Hugs to you for sharing this poignant story.
Hugs today,
xx,
Heather

hi-d said...

Wow Anita! This is quite the post. So raw with emotion but eloquent with words. You and your Mother are and we're very strong women. Thanks for sharing your heart my friend!

Heidi

hi-d said...

Wow Anita! This is quite the post. So raw with emotion but eloquent with words. You and your Mother are and we're very strong women. Thanks for sharing your heart my friend!

Heidi

hi-d said...

Wow Anita! This is quite the post. So raw with emotion but eloquent with words. You and your Mother are and we're very strong women. Thanks for sharing your heart my friend!

Heidi

Luisa Mª Benito said...

My dearest Anita!
Such BEAUTIFUL!!!
Luisa

Maria said...

I have visited you twice Anita... Respectfully.I admire so, the love, care and honesty in your heartfelt post......I adored my Mama too! as i guess you can tell......Anita I am sending the kindest thoughts your way.......Love Maria x

Martina said...

Anita, thank you so much for your sweet comment - made me happy! So glad you like my fashion-illus. It's a new seriess i work on and can maybe establish on the blog. I'm planning on cards and prints of these, bur wait till i have some more good ones.And to your poem: not everything needs to be sunshine, although we all prefer it ;) But it's the darkness and also sadness and feeling of change, of loss, that adds depth to the tapestry of life. And arts needs to embrace life as a whole. I like it very much! Hope your problem with uploading photos will disappear soon. Have a lovely day dear one - let's make the best of today! xox

A Well Styled Life said...

Poignant and moving! Your mother sounds like a very string woman who raised a very sensitive, loving daughter. Sending prayers your way.

Palomasea said...

And this is why it took me a couple of days to come here...I knew the tears would be falling...your words alone create the necessary images, and they move us with heartbreaking beauty.
You are brilliant in every way. Yes you are. And your beautiful mama, she was stronger that anyone would have imagined. She would be so very proud of you, Anita.
Bless you, dear one....
A tight hug and love, love, love.
- Irina

Mar Cella said...

Thank you for visiting, Anita, and for always encouraging and understanding.
You know how I love your writing and your style, please don't change a thing.
My own words--do what you love--are testing me more than ever, but that's good, it means growing.
Keep shining, my friend, and stay fabulous.
xoxo's,
Marcia

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

oh wow, Anita, that was lovely, bittersweet and poignant. Lovely. I shuttered when you showed the open window. I believe death is an open window into the heaven of sweet soul of mercy. Life is sweet. Eternal Life is bliss with peace. (i must write to you) ♥

koralee said...

Sweet friend...could you send me the link to your etsy shop....can not find it on your sidebar...maybe I am blind today! Hope your day is as sunny and stunning as it is here. xoxo

June said...

Hello dear Anita...I knew your mother must have been an amazing woman because she raised an amazing daughter. This is a beautiful tribute to her my friend. Your words walked me through her life as if I was living it. That is the magic of your writing.

I don't Photoshop Anita, but I sure wish I felt like I could. I haven't even tried because I have made myself believe that I can't. Maybe I should make this my winter project. I'm so glad you like my photos. That makes me feel wonderful.
sending hugs from here...

YONKS said...

Hello dearest. It feels good to be on the same piece of land as you, sad it's not closer.
This is so powerful Anita. She must have been a force to be reckoned with. how lucky you were that your lives touched. What a gift, such joy, not sadness. it's a path we all take.
Much Love
xoxo

Mrs Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

Anita, This is a very moving tribute to your Mother. I felt a presence there, yours ..... and hers. Blessings to you Dear one. x

Linda Primmer said...

Dear Anita, such a touching post. The tribute is lovely as so are you. It must be difficult to lose one's mother.
The open window does reflect one body moving on. Thank you for sharing this very special tribute. xo Linda

helen tilston said...

My dearest Anita

Your words and the love between the lines have touched my heart. Your dear beautiful mother whose life was brightened by your very existence will always linger and be with you.
Sorry for your loss. Your poem is very powerful.
Helen xx

PlantPostings said...

What a beautiful tribute. Poetic, wise, and true.

Stacey said...

Very profound and beautiful. I didn't notice the missing pictures at all. A touching and heartwarmingr tribute my sweet friend. xx

Willow said...

Anita such depth to your poetry.
This was incredibly touching.

Relyn Lawson said...

I love the idea of being fully yourself and then sitting back and watching what happens. I love it!

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Dear Anita, this was the most beautiful and touching poem. I don't think it needed photos; the words stand on their own. I am completely moved by this. I am so sorry for your great loss.
Jennifer

Jacqueline said...

Dearest Anita, what beauty and power in your poetry. I am so sorry for you. When my mother passed away 23 years ago, when I was just 33, my mother in law said how sorry she was, that you always need your mother. That thought has stayed with me all these years as I wanted to share my joys and sorrows with her. That loss still moves me to tears, but it means how much I loved her. Your mother's sweet memory will stay forever. Hugs!

A Magical Whimsy said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your mother. Even if our parent(s) are ready, and know it is 'their time' it is still so difficult for us to 'let them go'. I felt the presence of my father during the course of Time since he has been 'gone' these past 16 years. I know our loved ones are in a far better place, and the one thing that ensures my confidence and joy for them, is that I will see them again! This is our blessed hope! As my dad also died from cancer, too early to leave this life, I too can totally relate to all you have penned. And they left such a beautiful legacy of love and hope to us, and experience, and inspiration in whatever we strive to do. That was who my father was. Always the encourager of good things. He reminded me of Bilbo Baggins, always excited about going and doing things, and exploring new and exciting places, in the realm of reading, in the realm of art, and in the realm of seeking out who God was and this incredible universe which is beyond our comprehension. Some day, we will know it all, and it will be the most unbelievable event of all that will touch us forever! But in the mean time, we have our deepest memories of our loved ones to guide us gently along toward the blissful eternity which awaits us.
much love in Jesus name,
Teresa
http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

A Magical Whimsy said...

You were definitely brave and strong to be there for your mother when she passed. It was to be that way. I am thinking of your aunt too whom you visited this past summer. I do hope she accepts Jesus soon! I found a video on Youtube, with the song 'Come to Jesus' which is such a simple, yet profound song of salvation. I want to email the link to my friend whose father is 88 year old and has not yet come to 'Jesus'...if anything...I think that song in particular, if it doesn't touch his heart...then not much else would either. My heart goes out to those whom we love so very much, who have not yet made that definite choice to 'chose Jesus' as their Redeemer.

Ivy Clad said...

Dear Anita, this is a beautiful touching tribute. It leaves me without words to express the feeling, but to say that it is really moving.

Thank you for your kind words as you visited me. I am praying for balance & hoping that a little balance will allow me to post more frequently.

Xo,
Keri

deb famularo said...

I had to stop by and read this again. Brilliant writing. I always say this, but no one touches my heart and soul like you do my friend!
Thank you for all your kind words on my blog. I am working on finding where you can send that work of art to be published. That needs to be SEEN! Too beautiful not to. I'll e-mail soon. Much love always....xoxo

Red Rose Alley said...

Aaahhh, I loved your comment when I read it this morning, Anita. You have become a family to me too, and your friendship is very dear to me.

Enjoy the weekend. It's getting colder every day here.

Love,
~Sheri

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Beautiful, poetic and very moving Anita...you have such a special gift with your words...no need for images today...I love to visit you...x
Hope you have a good weekend,
Susan x

La Petite Gallery said...

Being with my Mother was the hardest thing, but God thought she suffered enough.
Why do the sweetest one's suffer, yet a bad man who kills and harms get a fast bullet?
I love your writing. Big hug Anita.

La Petite Gallery said...

Being with my Mother was the hardest thing, but God thought she suffered enough.
Why do the sweetest one's suffer, yet a bad man who kills and harms get a fast bullet?
I love your writing. Big hug Anita.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Anita, your beautiful prose shows that you are doing what is meant to be. Your soul flows out onto the page, and like you, it is so very beautiful. Keep following your heart, it knows the way.
Hugs,
Patti

Karen L. Bates said...

Lovely tribute to your mother...so sweet. She loved that you were able to be with her. Your lovely words will live on.

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dearest Anita!!!!!
Where do I begin?!!! The crystal Louboutins, fabulous chandeliers, that amazing black dress, and the beautiful rooms!!!!! All of it gorgeous!!!!!!!
How was your Halloween & weekend?
It was stormy here- we didn't get one trick or treater!!!! My parents arrived on Thursday for a visit. It was the first time my mom was here with Riley, our dog, gone. She was pretty sad walking in. It's still so painful dealing with his death & we miss him so very much!!!!
It was nice to have my parents visit and cheer us up!!!!!
I got the new Alexa Chung style book: "It".... If you google her name and look at images- she has a real unique, cool sense of style.
I hope you had a terrific weekend!!!!!
Sending you Luv & Hugs,
Shannon

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Where to start...I have tears after reading this poem. Your mother would be so very proud of the beautiful daughter that she raised. Your kindness, friendship and words have touched many and each time we come here to visit it is like sipping from a chalice. The beauty of your words makes us better, fills a place in our hearts.

Take care dear friend xoxo Elizabeth

Gem said...

Oh..........full of emotion......what amazing prose and the pics at the end of the open window was utterly poignant.
Delighted to have had the opportunity to comment, I often read from my iPad which crashes by the way I try to comment.
It is a wonderful tribute..................................xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

That was more powerful than any visuals, Anita! And made me cry. I also lost my mother to cancer and have been trying to write a short story about the experience. Have you read Wild by Cheryl Strayed? Can't wait to read more of your poetry. You are a natural!
Big bisous!

CHRIS said...

My broken heart is breaking .... no surprise you were chosen and given this gift Anita you are such a very special lady.
This is the first post I have read since taking a break from blog land. Your heartfelt and beautiful post and all the following comments lead me back in wonder..... Thank you.
Chris xxx

Marcia Pilar said...

I couldn't resist giving one more glance to that last image.
Be you bravely...be you bravely...be you bravely.
I MUST.
xoxo's

marielle said...

Chère Anita, je ne lis pas assez bien l'anglais pour tout comprendre mais la lecture des commentaires m'éclaire. Le cancer a emporté mon père il y a très longtemps et si chaque histoire est différente, personne ne mérite de mourir comme cela. C'est très juste et très courageux de mettre des mots sur sa douleur. Il m'arrive d'écrire des posts personnels sur mes sentiments mais je ne les publie pas. Ecrire me fait du bien puis j'efface les mots... des bises très sincères et chaleureuses

*Chic Provence* said...

Oh Anita I am so glad I visited you and read this beautiful tribute to your mother and her way of saying goodbye.. you are an amazing poetess... my heart is breaking....for you and for us all...

with much love and bisous Kit

Kim said...

Anita ... I haven't commented in a while. I lost my Mother last year to cancer and your words moved me more than you can know. I am so sorry for your loss. I know the emptiness which still seems so fresh. While I do love your images, your words are just as powerful. Thank you. xo

C'est moi Claudette said...

What compelled me to come to this post today? I have an idea…. do you?
You were there for me when my Maman died 2 yrs ago last month. We buried her this month. It's been a very tough year. I'm not sure what kind of relationship you had with your mom, but you were the one summoned to come to her and be with her to the end. She has raised a wonderful daughter in you Anita. We can only hope we made them proud. Life is precious and I'm learning more and more every day that we must treat it like a fine pair of kid gloves. Sending you sweet Canadian hugs to one of my favourite ballerinas. I'm a year post op and just starting to get my life back. It's been very challenging to say the least. But this isn't about me. I love you dearest Anita.
xoxoxoxoxo

Stacey said...

Beautiful Anita,
I have no words to appropriately describe the emotions your very moving and heartwarming poem to your Mom evoked. So, so touching! Sending lots of pink light your way. Much love to you my sweet.

Privet and Holly said...

Anita, my iPad kept crashing when
I first read this post, so I was unable
to comment. It was so lovely that I've
come back to it and wanted you to know
how much I love and appreciate not only
this beautiful poem, but you and your
beautiful heart.

xo Suzanne