Friday, January 5, 2018

Remembering My Mother with Poetry and Pictures

Mary Stella Kozicka Drabik

One year ago today, my beloved mother passed away. It seems like only yesterday that I said goodbye to her. She was loved by everyone who knew her. My mother was a selfless individual who was devoted to her family. I miss her more than words can say.

by Lola Ridge

Your love was like moonlight
turning harsh things to beauty,
so that little wry souls
reflecting each other obliquely
as in cracked mirrors . . .
beheld in your luminous spirit
their own reflection,
transfigured as in a shining stream,
and loved you for what they are not.

Click here to read the rest of the poem.

by David Young

      —for my children

I see her doing something simple, paying bills,
or leafing through a magazine or book,
and wish that I could say, and she could hear,

that now I start to understand her love
for all of us, the fullness of it...

Click here to read the end of the poem.

Remembering my mother with some family photos:
My mother's last Mother's Day (2016)
Here she is with my older granddaughter Julia.
A Beautiful Bride!
 My mother with my older sister

 My mother with her parents and her two younger brothers
My mother's family
 My mother, father, sister, and I
 My mother with my sister and me

My mother being silly with her cousin Julia and sister Helen
Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Reading to the Core.


Carol Varsalona said...

Elaine, I extend my condolences and hope that your photos bring back wonderful family memories for all. I enjoyed reading the poems on Mothers. I still think of my mother and look at the old photos as a way to connect with her spirit.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks for you kind thoughts, Carol. Looking at the photos of my mother brings both smiles and tears to me.

Molly Hogan said...

Elaine, this was a lovely tribute to your mother and a celebration of her life. My mother died 36 years ago and there are days when I still feel her loss keenly--though I also feel her love. I can so relate to David Young's poem and the desire to talk to my mother, especially now that I'm older. Thinking of you on this day and hoping that you feel the warmth of your mother's love and all your beautiful memories.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Molly. My mother had a good long life. She was nearly 99 when she passed away surrounded by loved ones.

Tabatha said...

I enjoyed these wonderful photos of your beloved mother. She looks very full of life (and I can see a family resemblance!). Glad you can feel close to her so many ways, including poetry.

Catherine said...

Thank you for sharing your treasured photos and memories with us, Elaine. The poems you've shared are poignant reminders to cherish every minute we spend with our families. Hugs to you.

Mary Lee said...

Thank you for sharing the poems, memories, and photos. Your mother always had a smile on her face and/or in her eyes. What a good long life she had, and how lucky that she got to know her great grandkids!

Mrs. Bennett said...

A wonderful tribute. I also lost my mother last year. Learning to deal with that void in my life. I also find comfort in the photos and the memories they evoke.. Best wishes for 2018.

Diane Mayr said...

Your mother's family photo (is that your mother in first communion garb?) reminds me of my Babci's wedding picture. You are lucky to have so many photo reminders to console you. Take care.

Kay said...

This is a lovely tribute to your mother. I hope sharing her photos and the poems help ease your loss and remind you of the love and life you shared.

Michelle Kogan said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely photos of your Mom (she looks like she was a lively and fun person) and family, and the poems too! I think the photos can help just a bit, I keep one of my Dad who I lost last year near my dest so i can look at him frequently.