Allan Gerard


Her Words, My Promise.


Just like it was yesterday
Her words echo in my mind
Take my hand son, we have little time.
Her eyes asked the question she wouldn't dare ask

But somehow she managed
As the words slipped past
Her lips moved while
In a soft whisper her voice said

We need you to hope again

Humanity needs someone to believe in
Or it too, like my life, shall end

Struggle I did between her dying words
And the broken heart beating within my chest
Tears streamed down my cheeks
A quiet rage boiled beneath

I don't want their world!
I don't want their suffering!

To that she said...

All we have is love son
That's all we ever did

When I look at you
I see a boy, lost within a man
Do you have the strength
To make your way home again?

I care too much for them to understand
Then you son, must make them
Show them why we live

Her eyes closed
Her last words said

You, must learn to love again

Submitted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Edited: Thursday, January 30, 2014

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This is the sequel to the poem Half Orphan

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  • Sandra Feldman (7/11/2014 7:17:00 PM)

    Have you? Learned to love again Love humanity or better still in-humanity.?
    But mothers always know best, love is better than hate but not always possible.
    Anyway this poem an absolutely beautiful example of the very deep love you felt and feel for, dare I say, your mother? (Report) Reply

  • Mandolyn Orwhatever (7/11/2014 7:00:00 PM)

    i agree with natalie
    bloody hell! this is fantastic, Mr. Gerard.
    that thunder you hear outside
    is me applauding from over here :) (Report) Reply

  • Sana Hernandez (7/11/2014 5:56:00 PM)

    The story you tell in this is very beautiful. The love of a mother adds warmth to any work of art. It is also quite inspiring. You've done an excellent job here.
    -SOH (Report) Reply

  • F. J. Thomas (7/1/2014 11:04:00 AM)

    Who is the son Allan? ...and the mother? Tell me more of the sad beautiful story. It makes you want to know the beginning and how it ends. It makes you sad yet you know not why...beautiful Allan (Report) Reply

    Ed Nigma (7/1/2014 1:13:00 PM)

    That is the question. This one is left open to the interpretation of the reader themselves I wouldn't take away from their experience by sharing certain details. But I will direct you to the prequel to this poem entitled half orphan which might give a little clarity that you might find satisfying. Allan Gerard~

  • Nika Mcguin (2/26/2014 1:56:00 AM)

    When I look at you
    I see a boy, lost within a man
    Do you have the strength
    To make your way home again?

    I care too much for them to understand
    Then you son, must make them
    Show them why we live

    Grand words indeed! This also brings into play an idea about home. That finding home again, is finding love. That without it we are but children lost in the fields. (its probably wrong that I find it a bit funny, then again I have a strange sense of humor at times)

    and then this verse:

    Struggle I did between her dying words
    And the broken heart beating within my chest
    Tears streamed down my cheeks
    A quiet rage boiled beneath

    I don't want their world!
    I don't want their suffering!

    coupled with the one above, makes me wonder if sometimes growing old causes us to become bitter and hardened against the world. I'm sure its not like that for everyone, but a great number I'm sure. Actually I'd read this poem a while back, but at that time i didn't comment, I just rated it. I'm glad I came back and read it again though. It seems that commenting gives you a chance to really reflect on what you get out of the poem, and your own version of understanding.

    ~Nika (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (2/16/2014 4:10:00 AM)

    Truly beautiful, as her words become his hope for his future with love in his heart! (Report) Reply

  • Marcus Mckinley (2/5/2014 7:59:00 PM)

    it is the hatred for the world that can't save. that is what the son feels. his mother in her last breath is breathing hope into his heart. she knows he will be alone if he does not learn to love again and that in turn is breaking her heart. well written (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (2/4/2014 7:13:00 PM)

    Beautiful words, with a flow that gives full meaning of the heartache. Thank You (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (2/3/2014 5:00:00 PM)

    Existential torment is well and poetically projected. How differently, with a feeling of love does the poet see our salvation.? If so, I agree. Mysteriously touching and beautiful but a bit enigmatic. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/1/2014 2:32:00 PM)

    this sequel to Half Orphan was much easier for me to digest. in fact, this poem went down pretty much like honey. a fine poem. i hear her words loud and clear. but i don't see the Promise mentioned in the title. are we to assume that the boy, lost within a man promised her to seek love again? thanks for sharing. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Burkett (1/31/2014 12:16:00 PM)

    The words are poignant to say the least... deeper still the last refrain. A wonderfully telling pen... Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (1/31/2014 4:08:00 AM)

    Thank You Everyone for all the comments! It was actually inspired by the song which is an instrumental piece by John Murphy called (Sunshine (Adagio in D minor) Surface of the Sun) You should check it out on youtube or elsewhere but it's worth giving a listen to. Allan Gerard~ (Report) Reply

  • Neethu Panicker (1/31/2014 1:05:00 AM)

    Allan this is simply touching to the core....
    With the help of a few words you have taken me to a situation, and i felt like my mum was dying, which cannot be as she already left me.....
    You have a talent to create visual imagery.
    Loved the poem.
    keep writing and thanks for inviting me to read the poem.. (Report) Reply

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