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Mom's Keepsakes of Pain

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Billy
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0 posted 09-12-99 05:10 PM       View Profile for Billy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Billy

My mother always held close
Her keepsakes of great pain.
I never understood why
She held those things of shame.
When she died we threw them out
With hurried hands we moved.
Now I have my own keepsakes
And claim my heart is soothed.
When I die they'll throw mine out
And always wonder why.
Why did I keep these things close
These things that make me cry?
© Copyright 1999 Billy - All Rights Reserved
Buzzygirl
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1 posted 09-12-99 05:13 PM       View Profile for Buzzygirl   Email Buzzygirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Buzzygirl

Wow-- this one really struck deep with me... my mom passed away 5 years ago now and just a couple of days ago, I was checking through a box in what was her room, and found some old momentos of hers-- this is eerie, really, to read your poem! It inspires feelings of sadness, mixed with joy in me, remembering how wonderful my mom was. Thank you.
Denise
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2 posted 09-12-99 05:46 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very touching. It evokes in me the sadness of final loss and hanging on to those little reminders of those who are now gone.


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caroline
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3 posted 09-12-99 06:14 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Brief and sweet...and very moving.

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Billy
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4 posted 09-13-99 03:32 AM       View Profile for Billy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Billy

Thanks for your comments. My mother insisted on keeping pictures of women my father had while they were married. We (daughters) were glad when we finally got to throw them out.
hoot_owl_rn
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5 posted 09-13-99 08:26 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Not a wasted word in the bunch. Very well written

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JTF
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6 posted 09-13-99 08:31 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

Very moving Billy ... I love it
Deb Lynne
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7 posted 09-13-99 08:37 AM       View Profile for Deb Lynne   Email Deb Lynne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Deb Lynne

This one hit close to home. I recently gave my ten year old daughter a scrap book that I had tenderly kept since age 16, the beginning of an era with her father. It has no heart strings attached anymore for me, but it helps show her that there once was a love that was the beginning of her. She now can understand that we haven't always fought or been enemies. Time does heal all wounds!
 
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