I wrote ‘Sorry you are leaving’ in response to a #FridayReflections prompt from Sanch Vee, while my Mom was in a coma, but didn’t publish it. I decided to publish it this Monday, the day after my Mom’s passing, but couldn’t do it either. So here you go, #MondayMusings on Wednesday.
Sorry You Are Leaving
Sorry you are leaving, Mum
But your time has come to go
It’s hard for us to say goodbye
For we love you so.
You and I have never had it easy
That’s the truth and you’d agree
We’d argue and fight fiercely
Holding very different views
But we loved each other deeply
That no one can refuse.
I’ve never been the daughter
You wanted me to be
But you know I couldn’t let that
Stop me from being ‘me’.
If there’s one thing we had in common
It’s our lack of sentimentality.
I learned from you not to hold on
To things from the past,
Because unlike love,
They’d never last.
You asked for living bouquets
Not for empty platitudes
So I’m telling you I love you
And expressing my gratitude.
I return you to the Maker
With a promise that I’ll do
Whatever I can to make
Your wishes come true.**
So be at peace, Mother
And rest with God above
May you be surrounded by love
** My Mum didn’t want to be taken to Church and wanted no eulogies at her funeral. I’m happy to report that with a little help from me and a lot of help from the Universe, her wishes were respected.
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