Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: A poem here and a poem there

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By Rosie Preston

Just when I think that I’ve read all my mother’s poems, I find one that seems to match my life. I now understand much more about how our lives seems to coordinate. My mother was brilliant, but I never knew how much because I thought I knew it all during my youth. I now realize that I knew nothing at all.

Oh, dear mother, I miss you so much. That’s the way life is when our children are small. Then, slowly and haphazardly, the love they once had for us seems to slip away. Yet our memories live on in our hearts and minds, and we still keep them close, no matter how far away a child may wander.

A Special Day,

by Shirley Preston

I stole a day from days yet to be

This one day, especially for me

A day for laughter, smiles

With sudden loss of injured pride

To mock the swaying, trembling fear

Of loss, of youth and gain of age

One could write little notes of Love

All eager thoughts and yearnings bared

Treasures of silent tears I weep

Like the flying of a falling leaf

Where vine-covered trees grow tall

You mentioned was the reason why

I craved a gift, too great

A goal not won, still I am glad

Remembering this

For all I go unsatisfied

Holding onto memories of

The children’s youth when the

Innocence of smiles, joy, and

Dancing was all it took

To fill this empty heart so

Full

You all may grow up and

away

But my love and memories will

Never go away!

Keep Smiling, Rosie

Please send me a poem or short story at rosie.preston@yahoo.com. I would love to publish it!

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