Treasure Island

Bri Edwards


100th Birthday [Missed By 'Mom'] ...... [SHORT; my mom; death; serious but NOT sad]


Well Mom missed this day by almost nine years.
At ninety-one(?) we escorted her from this “veil of tears”.
But no tears I had the June day she passed.
Her will was NOT to live just in order to “last”.

She’d actually tried to end her life three years before,
but by bad timing and stomach-pumping she missed Death’s Door.
Then again she found herself in a hospital, ailing, in 2005 (?) .
My sister and I pushed a “morphine drip” till she was no longer alive.

Rest In Peace, dear Mom. [December 30,1913-June 20(?) ,2005(?) ]

(December 30,2013)

Submitted: Friday, January 10, 2014
Edited: Saturday, January 11, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

i could have checked the dates with my sister. though she is a few years older than i, she is more sentimental and probably would remember better. and just because i am not so sentimental, don't think i didn't love my mom. i'd have to beat you up if you said that!
interestingly enough, i lied a bit. i did shed some tears that day, BUT not for my mom's death. later in the day i watched Robin Williams star in the movie Bicentennial Man, and i cried at the dying scene at the ending when...well i won't spoil the ending for you. bri :)

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  • Daniel Brick (4/20/2014 10:47:00 AM)

    The 4th line of your eulogy is the essential truth: HER WILL WAS NOT TO LIVE JUST TO LAST. She acted through that WILL when she attempted to take her life. What courage she displayed! You and your sister can be proud to have had such a parent. Shedding tears is cathartic, they can help us cope with grief. But they're not necessary, and sometimes our grief is too deep for the surface display of tears. Remember Hamlet's assertion about his father's death: I HAVE THAT WITHIN WHICH PASSETH SHOW, and be at peace with yourself. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (1/22/2014 7:09:00 AM)

    The poem commemorates the passing away of your mom, the greatest personal loss.
    Though,
    'Her will was NOT to live just in order to “last”.' -yet her journey to eternity must have left the family in grief.
    My condolences.
    May she rest in peace! (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden (1/13/2014 6:36:00 PM)

    Bri i am glad your mum is at peace.Its the hardest thing in the world losing your mother. You obviously loved her very much sometimes letting someone go is the best gift you can give. Lovely tribute from you. Well done
    I give it a ten (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (1/11/2014 10:16:00 PM)

    I can say with complete honesty that I myself have died 3 times in this life.1 time when I was born due to birth complications another trying to commit suicide when I was younger and another by accident from a drug and alcohol overdose. Each time I came back I hated being in this temporary construct even more. But as time passed I adapted and evolved and I am more comfortable being here here now. I'm 35 and hated being here your mother was 3 times my age has seen so much in this world the fact she stayed as long as she did is a miracle in itself. Sorry for your loss but I am happy for her gain as she wanted to leave. =) (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/11/2014 9:35:00 PM)

    .......thanks for writing this special tribute for your mom...moms are very special...enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Douglas Scotney (1/10/2014 5:49:00 PM)

    My mom's comes up in 2220, and dad's in 2015. That recent movie, 'The Railway Man', elicits a tear as well, Bri (Report) Reply

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