It’s been 26 years since I saw you last
The time has slipped away so fast
Since I held your hand, kissed your head
Nursed you while you lay in bed.
Those are the days I try to forget
Instead focus on the time we had left
The memories we’d created in time
In the 16 short years that you were mine.
The beautiful lady who was my Mum
Who taught me what was right from wrong
Giving me all the tools I’d need
To live my life the best it could be.
Part of you continues to grow
In my gorgeous boys that you will never know
Who you will never get to touch or hold
Instead they hear my stories told –
“Your beautiful Grandma she loved to shine
She made me laugh so hard at times
That cheeky grin, those twinkling eyes
She was the light in darkest times”.
I never thought I would make this day
The age you were when you were taken away
But I don’t fear death, as when my time comes
We’ll be together again, me and my Mum.
Copyright © 2015 Tracey Huaut
I am originally from NZ, born in 1973 and grew up there until I left in 2004 to do my “Big O.E.” in the UK. I lived there for 10 years before settling in Australia on the Gold Coast. As you will read from my poem, I lost my mum (to cancer) when I was only 16. I have battled with depression throughout life for obvious reasons, and also after I had both my babies. I find I only write poetry at times when I am sad or feeling down, as it lets me express myself better and get those thoughts out of my head and onto paper. Every year I write a poem for mum on the anniversary of her death and above is this year’s poem. This will be the first time I have applied to have my poetry published. I have written hundreds of poems over the years…