Friday, May 19, 2017

Missing Mom

                   Mother’s Day Without Mom
by Janet Sobczyk, 2016

There’s nothing like Mother’s Day
to remind me she’s gone.

Ads mock: Show Mom your love!
On TV: commercials of beloved women,
cherub grandchildren.
In stores: bouquets, cards, chocolates,
even in the grocery aisles.

Walk away from the sight,
grief follows me home.
No more gifts to send,
calls to make,
hugs to give her.

Phone interrupts my despair:
daughter calls, sister calls, son texts.
There are flowers and hugs to receive,
gifts to open.
Gratitude swirls through sorrow,
and tears flow.


  1. This is beautiful. I never thought about how difficult this day, and other commemorative days will be once the people we love to honor have passed. I like how you captured the realism of the mingled joy/sorrow that touches so many life experiences!

    1. Thanks, Paula! I appreciate your input and am glad it gave pause for thought. :)