Did they bake you a cake?

Did they bake you a cake?

A Poem by Gee
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A dream, mum's birthday

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I watched in silence as you opened your presents,
each one a struggle, your arthritic fingers trembling
as they searched for an opening between taped edges.
Gifts, once unwrapped, were given a cursory glance, put to one side,
if clothes these neatly folded.
Envelopes were then handed to you ready openend,
the card half exposed making it easier for you,
this "our" way on your birthday and mother's day.
Each and every word then read aloud,
a hint of excitement, joy, tinging your voice if a rhyming verse found,
this always and ever your favourite style of greeting, message.
When done you settled back in your recliner
clasping a lukewarm, half cup of tea,
this lifted shakily to your thin, cracked lips to sip.
As you did this a question played on my mind,
but not wanting to disturb, distract you, this not asked.
So I have spent the morning wondering,
wondering as to whether or not the angels baked you a cake...


© 2020 Gee


Author's Note

Gee
Sad :((

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hey, Gee, you know they baked a cake sprinkled in Angel dust, lovely sentiment, and some fine poetry, grand poem,

Posted 2 Months Ago


My Father is dead and my Mother is in her late seventies. This poem brought back so many memories of them
I could imagine an old woman surrounded with a loving family, Each of her kids and grand kids remembering the day when this old woman had done the one nice that had brightened their day
The more I read your poems the bigger the fan of yours I become

Posted 2 Months Ago


Gee

2 Months Ago

Thank you again, tis all simple stuff :)
Gee

2 Months Ago

Thanks Gram. Mum will be 1 year passed on the 09/04. Only seems like yesterday I had "that" knock on.. read more
Gee. Your author's note, says 'sad.' I didn't think this sad, it was warm and loving, a celebration of a life well lived and enjoyed to the end, as evidenced in your line, 'a hint of excitement, joy, tinging your voice if a rhyming verse found.'

My parent's are in their seventies now, and my dad has a fairly serious condition, though thanks to the miracles of modern medicine, it's being kept at bay. I know that one day I will face what you have faced; but I pray it will a while before the angels bake them a cake, (such a wonderful line...)

Beccy.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Hi Beccy, the "sad" was my mood at the time of writing :)
I too hope it is many a year before.. read more
this is lovely. Your sweetness shines through with intense imagery. Very e.e. cummings-ish.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Thank you kindly
SM Davis

3 Months Ago

Keep writing.
Yes... nothing sadder than watching as they wither away, that and seeing the signs in ourselves.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Aye, we are all heading that way.
Cheers

A sad piece here dear Gee
but I'm just betting they did
bake that cake..an Angel.
Cake for your mother sounds
like an angel in your lovely
descriptive voice..albeit sad
this is beautifully penned with love

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

It would be nice to think so :)
Good morning, hope all is well with you Fran Marie.
Th.. read more
as sad an event as losing your mum is, you have produced a profoundly beautiful piece of writing. Being able to put your thoughts down when feeling desperately miserable would take an effort that would overcome most children.

My mum is 95 now, suffers from dementia and most days doesn't know who we are ... still though, she's mum.
Sorry for your loss Gee. Take care friend.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Hi Ted, sorry to read of your mum's condition.
Thank you for your kind words
Yes, so very sad Gee. I know those fragile times when traditions foster comfort and peace. Your story of this time, “our way”, touched my heart deeply. Life is tentative, we know the other side is showing itself more clearly day by day. I have experienced these times, and you bring them back with tenderness and grace. Thank you.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Hi Annette, thank you for reading and understanding :)
Hope you and yours are well.
This is tough, Gee, but your ending brings a little lift as there is the hope of continuance and more happy celebrations in a place where the difficulties of life no longer burden.

I understand the sadness and the watching of loved ones as they age and we know this or that holiday may be the last. But, you seemed to treasure your moments with her, and wherever she is, she still feels that and still goes on loving and being loved.

Hard days, but well-expressed sentiment. All my best to you.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Thank You Eilis, I very much appreciate your kind words :)
I was in the hospital for father and mother. On the same floor. Once received a peace-maker and once a mini heart attack. Father 93 and mother 83. I agree. Watching our parent, grandparent get old. Hard for us. I did like the poem. We must return the concern and love to the people who were kind to us.
Coyote

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

In general I think folk have become so self absorbed, selfish, they make little or no time for their.. read more
Coyote Poetry

3 Months Ago

Mother is okay. Father left us. Thank you dear friend for reading and the comment.

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