A Pebble Upon the Stone

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic
This poem is in memory of a loved one who recently passed away.

Submitted: April 22, 2010

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Submitted: April 22, 2010

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A Pebble Upon the Stone
You taught me once a custom
When visiting one you love
Placing pebbles upon the grave
A symbol of our presence.
 
You brought me to share the memory
Of the child you lost
Some days crying, others laughing
The shade of the tree embracing us.
 
Too small to understand
The pain a mother feels
I hurried to the spigot
Bringing water for the cracking earth.
 
The flowers drank it in
Until the soil could hold no more
Like the sorrow in your heart
Spilling over, aching with emptiness.
 
I think about those days
Pulling weeds and singing songs
You loved me like your own
Hearts connected eternally.
 
I find it nearly impossible
To visit you in this way
To place a pebble on the stone
That marks the place you lay.
 


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