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LngJhnAg
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0 posted 07-26-99 07:29 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LngJhnAg

This poem was written for a friend who has terminal cancer. She wanted a poem for her children that would help them deal with the season of the year in which she passed. Her nickname is Whispers.

Seasons of Whispers

Dear Children, I know the pain you must feel,
The loss in your hearts my absence reveals.
As sure as each sunrise, youíll remember this day,
But remember also these words I now say.

If itís in the Spring, days of glorious green,
That Iím called homeward though you needed me.
Remember these days not as days of regret,
But as days of rebirth and promise, instead.

For, Iíve loved every Spring, with its cleansing rains,
Itís azure blue skies, and new lifeís refrains.
Look to every blade of bright emerald hue,
And remember Iíd love those same new blades, too.

Do not hate the Spring

Perhaps in the Summer I will bid you adieu.
Iíll lay down this burden thatís pierced me through.
Iíll close weary eyes and breathe easy at last,
And slip tenuous bonds that have held me fast.

But, it wasnít the Summer of long lazy days,
That loosened lifeís grip and took me away.
No. Iíve loved every Summer for Winterís respite,
Each sunny warm day, each soothing cool night.

Rejoice in the Summer! Throw your arms wide,
Love these halcyon days; Iíll be at you side.
Breathe deeply the smells of gold ripening fields,
I once breathed them too, when I needed to heal.

Do not hate the Summer

Oh, wonderful Fall of great harvest moons!
Do not let my children lose their love of you.
Caress them with your sweet temperate clime,
And remind them of our many happier times.

Do not blame the Fall if its then I have passed,
How Iíve yearned for the harvest thatís come at last.
Like grain, life is sown and, when ready, is reaped.
My life has been fruitful, full of faith and belief.

When the trees change to rubies, topaz, and gold,
Youíll see the treasures I cherished as Nature unfolds.
And like the colors in the leaves that drift down to you,
I will always be here in whatever you do.

Do not hate the Fall

If its in Wintertime you must lay me to rest,
Do not hate the short days, and the longer darkness.
Iíve loved the beauty of Winterís crystalline rime,
That outshines the dew in warm, sunnier times.

Winter covers the world in a blanket of white,
The stars are diamonds in a tiara of night.
Each breath has an essence clearly revealed,
As if I was before you, alive, unconcealed.

Yes. Iím there, my children, in your every breath,
And its in the Winter when youíll see me best.
So, embrace those chill days when Winter winds call,
For its then you will know Iíve not left you at all.

Do not hate the Winter

So, how do you deal with this great numbing loss?
If its not the Seasons, then who pays the cost?
This task I have set you will become easier in time,
As the legacy Iíve left you becomes your way of life.

Do not hate

I love you,

Mother

© Copyright 1999 Michael Waterman - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 07-26-99 07:40 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I'm sure Whispers loved it, and I hope her children will too. This was a touching piece. You really have a talent, LJA! Thank you for sharing it with us.
LngJhnAg
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2 posted 07-26-99 08:00 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

thanks, Elizabeth - she saved it and has it in her memory book for her kids - it kinda grabbed me when I finished it and then reread it. I hope it does that to others, too.
Severn
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3 posted 07-26-99 09:20 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Really lovely. You capture the kindest aspects of each season so well. I was very moved when I read this.
Poet deVine
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4 posted 07-26-99 09:34 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Ok...so I started to cry even before the poem began...I'll go back and read it later. I can't type with my eyes dripping tears!
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5 posted 07-26-99 11:48 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

very well done indeed

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one night at the airport...Childhood Memories...eight short weeks...Music to my Ears...your countenance...just watching tv...hoarse whispers...My One and Only...Tribute to M.J....Feel the need?...serving wench...a little girl...the mistress...stolen hours...Perfection...devotion...Master
...apart...plain...chat?


LngJhnAg
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6 posted 07-27-99 08:10 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Thank each and every one of you for your kind words. Whispers is an exceptional person... who gives encouragement and warmth to every person she knows. She deserves much better than what she's been given.
Nicole
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7 posted 07-27-99 01:14 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

I find myself wanting to reply, but not finding the words to do so. I am so moved. Thank you for posting this.
LngJhnAg
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8 posted 07-27-99 01:21 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Thank you, Satiate,

If you knew her, you would feel the loss all her friends feel as she becomes weaker.
azblond
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9 posted 07-27-99 01:25 PM       View Profile for azblond   Email azblond   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for azblond

I too am writing a reply through the clouds of tears. How wonderful of a tribute, touching and moving. My favorite part, the most simplistic phrase...Do Not Hate. Thank you for sharing this. It touched my heart, and please let Whispers and her family know they are in my prayers.

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For sometimes when the Darkness falls, we must surrender, take what is ours, and give what we can, and always remember love is somewhere waiting...

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Very touching

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
blueloon
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11 posted 07-27-99 11:47 PM       View Profile for blueloon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for blueloon

Tears stream down my face...no more can I write...
blueloon
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12 posted 06-14-2010 02:32 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Oh, I do remember this one when you first wrote it. I was on that poetry site  then also. I am so happy to find it here down in the Archivs because now I can put it into my library. latearrival
Amaryllis
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13 posted 06-14-2010 03:34 PM       View Profile for Amaryllis   Email Amaryllis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Amaryllis

Oh, that is so touching.. so poignant.. what a lovely gift..
~Amaryllis
 
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