Requiem For My Mother

So many times you wiped away my tears,
When way was dark and journey seemed so long.
You always found the time to soothe my fears;
When life was sad you helped me find a song.

You never thought the precipice too steep,
No mountain was too towering to climb;
From you I learned that faith's enormous leap
Would open up the shutters of the blind.

Oh, Mother dear, my love for you has grown,
I miss you more than I could ever say,
And even though I know your body's gone,
I feel you close beside me every day.

Mom, pain of death cannot keep us apart --
I'll always carry you inside my heart.

Copyright 1995 Ruth Gillis

First published in the March/April issue of Apropos

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