Monday, December 03, 2007

WI: The Promise


This began as a poem I wrote for my husband on Valentine's Day quite a few years ago. My brother, who is a composer, needed lyrics for a Mother's Day piece he was writing. So I did a little revising of the original, and this is the result. I wish you could hear the music that accompanies the words--like a lullaby, like being rocked in a boat (or a cradle, or a rocking chair), in a beautiful haunting minor key:

Because I did not know
'til now the depths of me,
and heights I never saw, until
the traces of my childhood lost
bore witness how my mother gave to me
the world in infant hands...
a star, a ship, a tree.

Now I lift my hand
and call upon her name.
"Mother, it is I. Your gift
so dearly held, was not given in vain!"
Because I know this now,
I give you back the world you gave to me:
the sky, and seas, unbound and limitless,

and never small again.

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Photo: My mother and my brother, circa 1933
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18 comments:

Rambler said...

Very nicely written

"Mother, it is I. Your gift
so dearly held, was not given in vain!"

liked these words a lot

gautami tripathy said...

Beautiful. Both photo and words. I was thinking of my mother while reading this...

Marja said...

Totally breath taking. This is so beautiful Thank you very much

Jo said...

Lovely.....always so worth a visit here!

keith hillman said...

You have done it again!Excellent.

Mary Timme said...

It is beautiful, sad and hopeful. How'd you do that!

jadey said...

Very nicely done a wonderful piece thanks for sharing this.

pepektheassassin said...

Thanks, folks. It's a lot better with the music!

Preethi said...

lovely.. both the picture and the words.. the words were so profound they leaped out at me. thanks,

z-silverlight said...

straight to the heart.

tumblewords said...

Beautiful words - promising, poignant and powerful...

Pauline said...

"Mother it is I."

Such a wonderful thing you have created!

UL said...

The poetry sure reminded me of my mom, and oh yes, she gave me the world, if only I can give her back half what she gave me, if only I can be half what she was to me! Thank you.

Pam said...

Your writing always has such depth and passion. You have a wonderful gift.
I don't know if it's better with music or not, but your holiday music made me smile.

wendy said...

I hardly recognize the place!

Beautiful poem/lyrics.

Your Christmas music makes me jump and spill coffee..or chai..

I'm easily startled..festive though!

Rob Kistner said...

Beautiful, touching... wonderful!

Lea said...

Just beautiful...

Tammy said...

Hey girlfriend! I've missed alot over here and this poem stole my heart. Wonderful!

Enjoyed your creative posts and I'm glad to be back. ;)

XXOO