parental grief and longing

Carrying You

Written by Susan Noyes Anderson on . Posted in Poems about Death, Spiritual Poems

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I miss you more
than words can say.
In every moment,
every day,
your absence leaves
an empty space
that nothing ever
will replace.

I carried you
beneath my heart,
so proud to play
a mother’s part
in welcoming you
to the world.
You made me such
a happy girl.

You gave me joy
through all your days.
When life was hard,
you found new ways.
And I’m still happy
I can be
your mother
for eternity.

I miss the sight
of your blue eyes,
the smile you never
could disguise,
the way you held
yourself, the wit,
the wisdom we
will not forget.

For all these gifts,
my soul must wait
to reunite
at heaven’s gate.
I’ll carry you till
then, my boy…
close to my heart
again…with joy.

If you found this poem meaningful, you might also enjoy
Grief: Owning the Road” and “A Mother’s Song.”
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“…here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)”

e.e. cummings

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