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0 posted 2000-06-22 07:09 PM

Mother's Lament

My child, I lay you down to sleep,
To the past my thoughts do creep.
To your first breath my soul doth fly,
My broken heart screams why, why, why?
I feel you nursing at my breast,
My heart so full, my soul at rest.
Your soft sweet skin, silk angel hair.
Again ask why, so much I care?
I must breathe on, though you do not,
As I live you won't be forgot.
The dreams for you that I have sought,
Are rubbish now in this cold plot.
So much for you my heart did crave,
Graduation bold and brave.
Your wedding day, your Mom so proud,
My dreams, and yours, wrapped in this shroud.
My thoughts be still, I'd lay me down,
Beside your casket in the ground.
I wake, and wake another day,
My heart turns cold, I age and grey.
So now I lay you down to sleep,
No more, I pray, my thoughts to creep.

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When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shodows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face...

William Butler Yeats

[This message has been edited by Marilyn (edited 06-22-2000).]

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1 posted 2000-06-22 07:14 PM

This is a re-post of a piece I wrote years ago. It is dedicated to a dear friend of mine who lost her child to S.I.D.S. In the memory of Owen, I submit this piece for your voting.

[This message has been edited by Marilyn (edited 06-22-2000).]

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2 posted 2000-06-22 07:16 PM

i like this alot yuh be sure to change sreams to screams tho  
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3 posted 2000-06-22 07:45 PM

Marilyn, this is a sad and beautiful poem. I can't imagine the pain a mother must feel when she loses a child. It definently deserves publication.

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
"The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief" -Shakespea

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4 posted 2000-06-22 10:59 PM

Yes indeedy Maz, you have done fine work here, touching on those feelings, I have felt myself.  So from one who's been there, I can't think of a more heartfelt, sad yet beautiful poem.  Got my vote hon!!  

I'll tell you this...... No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.....
(Goddess - Sovereign of the Spirit)

Rex Allen McCoy
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5 posted 2000-06-23 12:44 PM

You can add my vote
well done Marilyn

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6 posted 2000-06-23 12:45 PM

Such poignant sorrow... Touching piece Marilyn, the poor child and her poor mother...  You definetly have my vote

Abrahm Simons

"Keep on dreamin' boy 'cause when you stop dreaming it's time to die" - Blind Melon

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7 posted 2000-06-23 01:01 AM

Count me in, Marilyn. It's a very touching piece.
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8 posted 2000-06-23 02:03 AM

Very touching m'friend.
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9 posted 2000-06-24 06:35 PM

A special poem.
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10 posted 2000-06-24 07:00 PM

Beautiful and intricate in its sadness and love. I'm sure your friend appreciated you for it. Thank you for sharing this.


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11 posted 2000-06-24 08:39 PM

This is sadly beautiful Marilyn. You've got my vote  

My grief lies onward and my joy behind

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12 posted 2000-06-24 08:42 PM

I remember this one well, Marilyn. Very heartbreaking. Excellent writing.


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13 posted 2000-06-24 10:10 PM

Oh my this is a memorable piece!!  It brought tears to my eyes!!  I hope many people that can relate will someday pick up the book and read and be comforted that they are not alone!!!  I loved this very much...Take Care Dear!!  
Thank You,

"Somewhere, somehow, it should be possible to touch someone and never let go again. To hold someone, not for a moment but forever." Unknown

Janet Marie
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14 posted 2000-06-26 09:51 PM

very glad i didnt miss this one
take care, jm

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15 posted 2000-06-27 02:40 AM

I remember this one very well Marilyn. Still leaves me speechless.
Elizabeth Santos
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16 posted 2000-06-27 09:28 AM

Very Emotional piece

linda munday
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17 posted 2000-06-27 09:39 AM

I simply could not stop myself voting for it.
It's brilliant, sad, poignant, has everything.  It's perfect for the subject it covers, just brilliant as I said before.
Linda M.

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18 posted 2000-06-27 09:44 AM

Very touching. Sad but beautifully expressed.


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19 posted 2000-07-02 12:20 PM

That was incredibly sad. And with words you have sung the the sorrow of a mothers heart - something in expressable has been expressed!
Great Poetry indeed!
Deepak Menon

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20 posted 2000-07-03 03:39 PM

Thankyou all for taking the time to read this piece. It means so much to me and it touches the sadness I could only imagine. Your replies have touched me deeply. Thankyou.  
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