The Day After Her Funeral

William Trost Richards - Leverington Cemetery
William Trost Richards – Leverington Cemetery

Submitted by Jerry Brotherton

We emptied her room today
Faded photos of a mother
Holding children whose faces
That we can barely recall
We emptied her closet today
Clothes from summers and winters
Too long ago to remember
Now just charity donations
We emptied her life today
Forgotten pieces and fragments
Tucked neatly into drawers
Given to her by…who knows
We cried for her today
Heads on shoulders
Arms holding each other
In fear we will not remember
We promised to save her love today
Tucked it deep into our hearts
Where the tears could not find it
To wash it away
We said goodbye to her today.
We said goodbye to her today.


Photo Credit: William Trost Richards – Leverington Cemetery

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14 thoughts

  1. A beautifully written piece, with all the emotion tucked into the words, whilst avoiding sentimentality that may have dimmed the piece. Especially evocative for me as it is 1 year and 1 day since we buried my mother. Thank you.

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