war hero

we assumed
she would die young,
like her sister and her son
who lost battles to asthma

but Aunt Jeanette held her
fight to breathe for 81 years
till leukemia attacked.

Her final orders: “You
better go now before
you make me cry!”



De at dVerse poets pub invites us to write quadrilles (44 words) on the theme: GO

37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dora
    Feb 24, 2021 @ 21:08:34

    She lived strong and even in her last moments, wanted that strength to be passed on to you, not her parting tears!. She sounds like quite a lady.


  2. sanaarizvi
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 16:11:42

    This is so moving, Lynn! A most beautiful tribute to a lady who gives strength a brand new definition 🙂


  3. Beverly Crawford
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 14:53:21

    I life my glass to Aunt Jeanette!


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 14:22:52

    Sounds like she was a warrior all the way to the end.


  5. Tricia Sankey
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 13:52:08

    Sounds like a powerful memory evoked this poem. Thankfully, memories stay, even when loved ones have to go. ❤


  6. pvcann
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 08:21:48

    She outlived expectations, so even stronger than strong, and wanted gladness and joy as memory rather than the tug of public grief, so much love spoken in this poem.


  7. David C Brown
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 03:54:51

    Sounds a grand lady. 81 used to seem ancient to me but is begins to get nearer.
    Grace be with you all!


  8. Ingrid
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 03:46:51

    She sounds like a strong and inspirational person. It’s a privilege and a blessing to have such people touch our lives, however much we miss them.


  9. msjadeli
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 23:43:10

    Lynn, sounds like she was a fighter and that kept her with you a good long time. I sense you have inherited some of toughness. {{Hugs}}


  10. calmkate
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 20:20:20

    sorry for your loss, she sounds like a very strong super special lady 🙂


  11. whimsygizmo
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 20:12:31

    Awww. So endearing. I love this. May we all go so gracefully, and still lovingly bullying those we love most.


  12. peterfrankiswrites
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 20:08:08

    A lovely heartwarming piece – and your title puts her bravery into context.


  13. rothpoetry
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 19:45:20

    A very touching poem Lynn! She must have been quite a lady! Well done.


  14. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 19:28:24

    Oh so heartbreaking Lynn 😢 Beautifully told 💕


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