For Mom: b. 1925, d. 2016

For Mom: b. 1925, d. 2016

A Poem by redzone



For Mom:

(b. 1925; d.2016)


She held on to the sunlight

longer than anyone thought.

Palms swayed as she breathed

in all her strength,

all her power

until it all calmed



Night cooled

as barren

descends, now

a dark that sings no stars

or sweet songs of life.

Her last breath

carried by crows

brushed across my cheek quietly

as I did not get to her in time.


As my sorrow fingered with my heart,

I saw the hungry abyss descend with her smile,

Still I heard in her whisper,

“do not mourn for me,

like our ancestors before,

I have found the balance

in natural tones;

in the music of stars

and in the songs playing

on Owl’s wings.

Do not mourn for me, my loves

I am alive still in the flow of worlds.”


There is a weight,

a memory,

taller than Denali;

heavier than Big Mountain;

I carry it with me

in my back pack

next to my jeans and dreams

as I follow her tracks,

smiling with her life.


Aztec Warrior/redzone  12.29.16  

© 2017 redzone

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We become orphans whenever we lose our parents, no matter how old we are. Just remember, you carry her inside of you. Every time your heart beats, it's her reminding you, you are not alone!

Posted 6 Years Ago

I'm sorry about your losing your mom. This is a beautiful poem that mixes the predictable sadness with different & original ideas, somewhat of a victory song about life, showing the many emotions one goes thru upon such a significant loss. Love your excellent analogies like the Big Mountain weighing heavy despite her pleading to not mourn -- like we could ever stop the feelings that grab us by the heartstrings! (((HUGS)))

Posted 6 Years Ago

When I saw the date of your mother's birth--1925--I was drawn to read this, for that is the year my mother was born, also. I understand the experience of your loss, and admire what you've done here to commemorate her passing. Your sensitive words of acceptance are sublime.

Posted 6 Years Ago

I'm so sorry Curt, you have my deepest condolences my friend. You've done a beautiful job writing this. R xo

Posted 6 Years Ago

I think this is beautifully written and I am sorry for your loss. (hugs)

Posted 6 Years Ago

You speak with such love for your mother. She was obviously a special lady. You are the man you are today because of her and her words and thoughts will be with you forever. There will come a time when thoughts of her will only bring a knowing smile instead of tears, but that will take a long time. You will have epiphany moments when you suddenly realize something she said makes perfect sense now that you are older. May Olga Mohn rest in peace. Your words are heartfelt and so beautiful, Curt. My thoughts are with you. Lydi**

Posted 6 Years Ago


6 Years Ago

earlier today dad and I had breakfast I was thinking we both needed some time away from being consum.. read more
Lydia Shutter

6 Years Ago

Never easy, losing a mother. I try not to dwell on the day that will come too soon no matter when it happens -- as to the poem, beautiful, heart felt and stark. Glimmers of hope in the dark, much like life. If it is a comfort, I always felt like people choose to leave without us sometimes, because they don't want us to hold them here.

Posted 6 Years Ago


6 Years Ago

thank you so much KL...

until a few years ago I was more like you in my thinking/wis.. read more
this is beautiful, Curt...
and i so relate...lost my mom two years ago...she survived a couple times when we thought we would lose her...she was a fighter...but when she finally gave up...she went peacefully...

i, too, couldn't make it there in time to see her off...but was there in spirit...and she is still with me in spirit, now.'


Posted 6 Years Ago


6 Years Ago

Jacob, I knew you could relate and I thank you for your compassion... I remember your loss, your mom.. read more

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