Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine Clearance -- A Poem

My mother, Janice Anne (Quist) Larson, died seven years ago today---the day after Valentine’s Day.  She was 75.  She grew up during the Great Depression and World War II raged during her high school years.  She was valedictorian of her high school class and an incredibly fast and accurate typist, able to type 110 wpm on a manual typewriter with a return carriage. 

She taught second grade on a two year teaching certificate until she married my father and became a farm wife and mother.  She taught me to love books and she taught me to sew and embroider.   

She was widowed at age 37 and struggled with depression for many years.  But she was in her element as a grandmother, and my children were the beneficiaries of her unconditional grandmotherly  love.

As she was dying of emphysema and inoperable heart disease in a nursing home, I wrote this poem, which was later published in an anthology of poetry entitled Whispered Words, edited by Amanda Read, and published by Dogma Publications in 2005:

Valentine Clearance

Beneath the dusty cellophane,
faded ribbon, and
wilted silk rose

Soft-centered chocolates
in their heart-shaped box

Awaiting their expiration dates.

Still sweet.

I miss you, Mom.

LeAnn aka pasqueflower

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  1. LeAnn, what a beautiful tribute to your mother...and that poem, it was so lovely.

  2. What a wonderful poem. Losing a loved one never gets easier, but there are still so many ways to remember and pay tribute to them. Your mother sounds like she was a strong and intelligent woman. Those qualities are still alive in YOU.

  3. What a beautiful poem. Losing a parent is so difficult. I know you must miss your mom very much.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. What a beautiful poem.

  5. What a wonderful, touching tribute to your mom. Thank you for sharing this, LeAnn.

  6. She sounds like an amazing woman :) And what a great tribute to her!
    And congrats on having it others can read it and relate :)

  7. What a beautiful poem and what a great post about your mom. She sounds like a wonderful and special person. Thank you for sharing her with us.