Sunday, April 17, 2011

Shackles for One Single Impression

I’m in the gray cellar
cleaning out
my mom’s things.

I knew it would happen
I just didn’t know
when or how.

She died last summer
and I hadn’t been
able to really mourn.

My heart was bound
in chains and I hadn’t
found the key.

Until I discover
her well-worn
crossword dictionary.

Inside the front cover
are pieces and pieces
and pieces and pieces

of paper containing
obscure definitions
and meanings

written in my mom’s
neat penmanship
straight across

the pages. My mom
who was so embarrassed
because she never

even graduated from
high school, who
always thought

she wasn’t smart, who
completed the crossword
every single day

and recorded the words
she learned, who was
smarter than anyone

else I knew. I stand
in the cellar marveling
at this pearl

of a mother and wipe
my teardrops
from her precious words.


Deborah L. Tisch said...


I am so moved by this poem, how lovely it is and what a great tribute to your mother! I will definitely be back to read more and to view your photos.

Thank you for your visit to my blog and for your kind remarks.

Anonymous said...

touching !

Ramesh Sood said...

I hope your tears become part of the words in the diary.. and years later you will be able to say,

" Oh, these are not broken words...these are my tears i shed seeing my mom reflecting in these words.."

I picked the theme of this comment from a Hindi poem I wrote many years ago.. tears and words..reminded me of that and I thought it would be befitting..

I loved your tribute for your mother.. God Bless!!! And you honoured the prompt proposed by me.. and I am happy that it drew you out to create this poem..

anthonynorth said...

Lovely, heartfelt words.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!! What a wonderful tribute to your fantastic Mom.

Christine said...

Very moving in a personal way for me today. Beautiful.

Andy said...

WoW! Beautifully written and a fitting tribute to a very smart mom.
Thanks for sharing.

Harshad mehta said...

Deeply touching.

Vinay said...

a tribute to your mother, very fitting Linda. she was a terrific person, I feel through your words! thank u for sharing!

Mr. Walker said...

Moving and beautifully done. You structure your poems so well.

Lisa said...

Linda - you have no idea how much you touched me with this posting. I too have lost my mother and your words resonated with me so deeply. Thank you for sharing!


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