Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mother Remembered--By Jean Calkins--United States

Mother Remembered

White carnations on the altar;
Young head bowed in silent prayer.
Second Sunday of the May-month,
Longing brings a deep despair.

Vivid recall of a casket.
Tender was her face in sleep.
How he misses you, lost mother;
Blonde head bowed as blue eyes weep.

Jean, at 82, has been writing poems since she was 18. For 25 years she published a popular poetry quarterly of up to 100 pages, with a subscribership of nearly 500. Illness in 1986 ended the magazine. She currently publishes, by email, a 2-page monthly of clean humor. Contact her at


  1. Hello, Jean, a very sad, but heartwarming picture you paint here. Beautifully written! Sheri

  2. This is a striking poem, pointed and sad, but loving in its revelations. Great job!

  3. Very touching, I enjoyed it a lot.

  4. Hello Jean. I love this touching and heart-felt poem. It is never easy when a loved one is lost, especially a mother. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (