Dedicated to my “sister” friend, Joyce, who recently let go of her mother’s hands…
strong women’s hands

shape my life and yours:

grandmas instill faith

aunts stitch laughter

sister friends en-courage

mothers mold hearts.

even if we can no longer

touch those dear hands,

we still hear the voices

of influence cheering us

on like birdsong

in a garden of grace.

Invited by Marina to write poem including words important to us/we are thankful for, on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of dVerse Poets

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Grace Black
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 17:46:17

    How lovely. This write touched me on a personal level! Thank you for sharing.


  2. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 17:06:36

    Beautiful poem with a great finale.


  3. billgncs
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 13:30:12

    sounds like you have anchored your sense of self in a good place.


  4. claudia
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 13:09:56

    oh that is so true – you just reminded me of some of the women from my fam that really influenced me greatly


  5. Glenn Buttkus
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 12:09:02

    Your last two lines of gratitude are brilliant, yes, & faith & grace have reared their lovely heads in many poems, & obviously many personal lives; another word that proliferates well is “imagination”; one of my choices.


  6. Kathy Reed
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 12:08:49

    Yes, so true..and love the birdsong!


  7. Grace
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 06:59:05

    I specially love the ending lines:

    onward like birdsong in
    a garden of grace.

    We are grateful for those strong arms and voices ~


  8. Sanaa Rizvi
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 06:53:27

    Excellent write 🙂


  9. MarinaSofia
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 06:25:19

    A charming, strong matriarchal lineage there…
    Interesting that grace and faith seem to be two words cropping up a lot in the poems of these past two days. You haven’t been influencing each other, have you? No, it must be that great minds think alike…


  10. Gemma Wiseman (@AuraGem)
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 04:51:13

    O how beautiful. Love the image of grandmothers sewing laughter.


  11. katiemiafrederick
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 03:11:34

    Oh.. LORD.. a LoNELY MALE
    in a Matriarchy i live
    as well.. but
    yes.. the best
    gift of all..
    TOUGH LOVE..:)


  12. September Last
    Jul 15, 2015 @ 02:36:02

    I agree with Polly–wonderful opening!


  13. Polly
    Jul 14, 2015 @ 23:19:22

    ‘strong women’s hands’ – what a lovely start to your poem.


  14. ManicDdaily
    Jul 14, 2015 @ 20:44:49

    A very pretty poem of thanks. Thanks. k.


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