May 11, 2014

Basking

You asked me once if I noticed the daffodils
all sun-starred in a neighbor's garden
and we talked of Spring and her abundance
(We imagined her dressed up in her Sunday best
sitting at a lace-clothed table
sipping tea from cups
as transparent as tulips in a noon-day sun
nibbling on sandwiches sliced thin
like the sun when it looks west)

And I notice the daffodils
a cream-yellow haze
basking in the sweet May sun
in a park blanketed in birdsong
and I stop to admire them
wishing you were here
discussing Spring and her profusion
and the missing of you catches my breath

ktn © 2014




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I miss my Mom every single day, but more palpably on days such as these.
 Wishing all Mothers everywhere a bright, beautiful Mother's Day. 
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47 comments:

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Happy Mother's Day. Bask in your sweet memories, and enjoy.

Gabriella said...

It is a beautiful poem, Talon. Your love for your mom comes across very powerfully. She obviously gave you the gift of observation.

Hudson Howl said...

I mentioned on someones post, who had put up a field of Cornish Daffodils in full bloom and I'll say the same to you. Upon seeing your Daffodils, I have now given up on my aspiration of becoming a farmer in the Arctic and growing frozen vegetables, Daffodils is where its at.

The sediment of your words today ring tears and joy I suspect. Good shtufffs you.

Hudson Howl said...

PS...spring has sprung, jumping for joy -fantastic picture, GRUNT!...call it horseshoes where they don't belong -but dang just landing and the colour. You have the Cardinal, and I have the Preacher coming in a post soon.

Poet Laundry said...

Oh this is so beautifully and tenderly written Kim. And I love how you personified Spring. Happy Mother's Day to you too~

Sumana Roy said...

deeply touching lines...thanks for this wonderful post Kim...and a very Happy Mother's Day to you too.. :)

Tatius said...

A Beautiful poem Talon

Nataša Dolenc said...

so beautiful!

Geraldine said...

A lovely poem and yes, how I miss my mom SO MUCH too. An ache that never really leaves.

Björn Rudberg said...

This is so strong .. I love the two stanzas.. one being the memories and the second of loss.. each a beautiful mirror of the other..

Sherry Blue Sky said...

LOVE the springy look of your banner.........and the "sun-starred" daffodils.........then the catching the breath at the end. Poignant.

R.K. Garon said...

A wonderful tribute!
ZQ

Moonie said...

It is a good day for sweet memories but a painful day to remember loss as well. Enjoy those sweet memories.
Happy Mother's Day!!
<3

Laurie Kolp said...

My mom just passed two month's ago, so this is a difficult day for me as well. Endearing poem... and I love your blog header picture (cardinals are my favorite birds).

ayala said...

I'm sorry. My dad passed away on Mother's Day weekend six years ago and my mom is no longer with us. I understand . Happy Mother's Day. Hugs. Xo

Heaven said...

What a beautiful tribute to spring and your blessed mother ~ Happy Mother's Day to you Kim ~

Louvregirl said...

Lovely lovely Talon. I am sorry for the loss of your Mother. I have lost my sister and comforted my niece, her daughter, who was missing Mom today. Happy, blessed Mother's Day to you Kim.
lg (hugs) :-)

Louvregirl said...

The intense red cardinal in mid-hop is extraordinary!

Brian Miller said...

ah that missing can be so heavy....i spent time in a park today honoring my wife and my mom...smile...that beauty can take us back...

Aditi said...

Oh Kim this was so beautiful! Hugs! The way you have described the Spring....the memories and the longing.... Lovely!

Jinksy said...

Delightful combination of words and picture. Thank you.

Lynn said...

A lovely tribute to her - such a lovely lady.

Snaggle Tooth said...

What an amazing cardinal hopping shot! So glad spring arrived for you finally!
I don't think I ever discussed Spring with my mother... her garden was set-up an predictable long before me as number 4 came along. She always announced spring with a BBQ in the backyard tho- with strawberry shortcake for dessert!

Hope your Mom's Day was good n all the kids got to check in.

Mary said...

What a nice memory to share on Mother's Day. Definitely a day to miss...and remember!

jo-hanna said...

Oh yes, many will share your sadness, so beautifully expressed.
I remember us on the telephone in different countries discuccing the Chelsea Flowershow, which we both atched on TV from homes far apart. Things like that, recurring each year, bring it home to you.

Patricia said...

I find I carry mum with me always -

The daffodils are gone for this year and we are celebrating a second day of sunshine...

I wish you were here to take pictures of the moon rise over the lake, the sunrise behind Mt Rainier and how spring's Chrystal clear sky makes everything clean and sparkly. My shaky hands and little camera can not capture like you words and eye.

We do have a very long spring and fall here

Shared you words and pics

Margie said...

Kim, this is so touchingly beautiful.
I too miss my mom, every day I think of her and wish she was still here.
I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day.
Thanks for the wishes, mine was wonderful.

Granny Annie said...

And the missing of my mother "catches my breath" on a daily basis. Beautiful heart grabbing poem my friend.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Talon .. love the hopping cardinal, as too your daffodils - ours are all over.

But lovely words and descriptions .. so Spring-like to read - cheers Hilary

Susan said...

Yes. Those dangling conversations in spring gardens will remain a marvelous connection.

Jane said...

Such beautiful memories keep your Mum safely nearby Kim. I love the daffodils and the cardinal jumping for joy is fantastic! I hope I will see one one day.

Lorraine Renaud said...

This is heartwrenching and oh so beautiful, I understand

Sara said...

Sorry to be so late, I've had computer problems -- it's been hit and miss and finally stopped all together.

But things are better, as I can finally make my visits. It's one of things I love about blogging.

Now, to the important stuff. It sounds like your mom helped nurture your creativity.

This is a lovely tribute to her. I imagine she's very proud of you and I picture her watching you with a beautiful smile on her face:~)

While belated, I hope you had a very nice Mother's Day!

p.s. the picture of the cardinal is perfect. How did you capture him just before touchdown? That's amazing!!!

Katherine Krige said...

The last line caught my breath. A beautiful Mother's Day tribute Talon. Sounds like your creativity flowed naturally from her.

greenlightlady said...

Kim, I felt honored to listen in on this conversation. My heart's desire as a mother is that my daughter will have good memories when I'm gone. This poem fanned that desire into full flame. It sounds like you & your mom were gifted with closeness.

Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

Linda said...

It is so true that a sight, sound or smell can trigger the bittersweet memories of a loved one. I miss my Mom every day, too. I often see something or go somewhere, and think Mom would enjoy it too. Flowers blooming in Spring is one of those things as she loved Spring the best. I am sorry for your sadness, and I understand the feeling.

LL Cool Joe said...

My mother sees the beauty in flowers and has tried to make me appreciate them too. Maybe once she's passed away I'll view them differently.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Beautiful words - a fine tribute.
Anna :o]

Magyar said...

__As ever, Kim, your feelings spill from your heart into your pen... and to the page. _m

Jannie Funster said...

You miss her so much, Kim, my heart goes out to you. Hugs to you, my dear friend. Thank you for the images of tulips nibbling on sandwiches.

This is such a weird way to be -- human -- born alone and passing on alone. Yet I would like to think our loved ones' spirits are with us holding our hands as we catch our breath missing them.

xoxooxoxoxox

Frieda said...

What a lovely tribute to your mother. It's simply beautiful.

And the header picture is stunning… what a capture! The jumping bird is so pretty!

G-Man said...

Love your Header pic.
We are surrounded by Cardinals here, noisy bastards but pretty.

Lorraine Renaud said...

I may not have an ocean nearby but I know where to get it, by the way my real e-mail is Lrenaud2@Outlook.com

Louvregirl said...

Talon! (Altogether different subject!) Watching the French Open with you!!!! :-)
lg!!

Margie said...

Hi Kim
Just came by to read your beautiful poem again and to wish you a most wonderful and lovely day.
Hope the sun is shining there, it is here ....
Smiles

TALON said...

Thank you so much, everyone, for your lovely comments. It is very much appreciated.

lg - yay! Loving the tennis! :)

howanxious said...

That is such a sweet and hear-touching piece. The imagery of the first stanza and the sentiments of the second one are beautiful.
-HA