This year marks the 10th Mother’s Day without you.
I really don’t know what to think, say or even do.
I remember 10 years ago when your magnolia just wouldn’t bloom,
It missed you too
I think it’s safe to assume.
There have been so many mixed feelings over the years,
Anger, laughter, confusion and a lot of tears,
Tears of sadness, joy and bittersweet freedom.
Acceptance for everything has started to come.
Although the path to get here has been long and hard,
And it hasn’t been easy letting down my guard,
It’s been so worth it, to be this new person.
With these old toxic ways you taught me, I’m more than done.
I kiss those painful memories goodbye,
And finally let go a deep and healing sigh


look for this poem in the recently published book: