You held the world in your eyes:
a bright summer sky 
that sparkled over water
when you felt joyful or mischievous,
or light gray slate when sadness held you,
darker still when ire struck.

Your anger never lasted.
You blew up and it was over;
no grudges held,
all was forgiven.
There were tears 
you pretended weren't there,
you found courage
by denying your pain 
and loving with abandon.
Your love overflowed,
like waterfalls in a rain forest,
filling every cup to its brim
and bubbling over;
thus was your own soul renewed. 

It's Mother's Day.
I miss you. 
I sit listening to the rain 
pummeling against the roof,
I close my eyes and imagine
each drop is your love
soaking me to the bone.
I know it's there
but my imagination 
isn't up to the task.
It can't compare to the love 
that was always in your eyes,
and the warmth of your embrace.

~Elise Skidmore ©2022

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! You are loved!

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