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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)

TITLE: Because of Mother
By Donna Butler
07/29/09


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I vow to never again linger
in the bittersweet of winter's end
where lamenting and mourning
once held me prisoner to death

robbing all my being
of your teachings
leaving me silenced,
alone and frightened
to face Spring without you

while delicate snowdrops broke
through winter's hardened earth
and shoots of daffodils and crocus
joined with forget-me-nots
in joyful dance under cool rains

all hope of Spring eluded me
my living, void
of His beauty for years
until memories of you emerged
from deep within the well of my heart
begging of me
to relive, recapture
a tale of joyful Springtime
of you
of us

of me
standing on
the chalked sidewalk of my childhood
calling for you to come and taste
my freshly baked mud pies
from Spring's first puddles;
to marvel in the
windy sunshiney song-filled air;
to pause, take rest from the duties
of your white-enameled kitchen

with smiles of approval
you joined me and we walked
through the lush meadow
mother and child, hand in hand,
our laughter drifted high
into the cloud layered heavens
praising Him
for the buttercups and dandelions
rehearsing Halleulahs
for the days we thought were still to come

and today, because of you,
I rejoice in the beauty of creation
I understand His faithful
promise of forever
for I have known the undeniable
tenderness and love of a mother
and the hope in each new Spring


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Jeanne E Webster 08/01/09
What sweet memories! How they linger...in our souls. Soothing piece, for sure.
Laury Hubrich 08/03/09
This is very springy and has great descriptions of mother and daughter. Well done.
Allison Egley 08/03/09
Oh, good job! I like this! :)
Dorothy Adamek08/04/09
Heartfelt reflections, this tugged at my heartstrings with beautiful and delicate images.