In the last two and a half years, I've broken both hips, lost my house, lost the ability to drive, moved 2500 miles away to live with my daughter, and most recently, been diagnosed with lung cancer. The only thing I HAVEN'T lost are my marbles... although some days, at just-this-side-of-88 years old, that fact might even be in dispute.
Writing poetry for me is a way to recapture some of that independence I've lost... albeit virtually, by enabling me to fly freely here and there by way of my mighty pen... and through that journey, blow off a little steam, do a little venting and hopefully... give people something interesting to read. My poetry is a really important part of my life; an extension of who I am, really, at this stage of the game.
I wrote "Gone Love" about my late husband. I'm not what you would call a 'typical' griever...I don't cry or carry on in any way. This was my way of mourning his loss.
I wake up
In the morning
Or should I say mourning
For the nights are short
And the days are long
Filled with my own
Sweet, sad song.
For there's a hymn
But no him
Someday, the Lord willing,
I'll be with him once more,
God in His heaven
Will open the door
I wrote "About Face" several years ago. I was engaging in some type of mundane activity which I had probably done a million times, and was suddenly struck with how quickly time had passed.
What face do I wear, do I wear on the day
When I find that youth's face has gone away?
A face of surprise that it slipped away
While children and cleaning filled my day?
A bewildered look as I gaze at a man
That I no longer cheer from the Little League stand?
A bemused expression for a shapely young miss
Who wastes not on dolls the warmth of her kiss?
Shall I put on the face with just lips that smile
And eyes that look back all the while?
Will just the hint of a cynical grin
Distract anyone from the sagging chin?
No, says the mirror, you can try every act,
Not a damn one will hide the one true fact
That your children leave and your beauty goes,
The timing could be better, I suppose.
But I still have one man who loves me so dearly,
He pictures me neither honestly or clearly.
And my love matches his, so I can truly say
He sees only a girl on her wedding day.
I hold fast to that, for the others don't care,
Or even see the face that I wear.