Poem: April 2


No longer will I bore you with my
mother’s life, and how I wish I could change
the way of her death. Thirteen years

is a long time, abridged by events that
just happen down this road. Though more
and more, this life seems impersonal, like

watching a new born lamb, sweet
to touch and then later to taste. How does
this lover turn carnivorous at a stroke?

And the lamb, like its mother, is a mere
vessel – when you’ve seen one, we all
know how we’ll react. So don’t get me wrong,

but Mum, you were a function, a role you
played so well, and no matter how
I embellish your memory at this time – well,

there you go, I have done it once again


  1. Journeyintopoetry · April 2, 2013

    A tribute to your mum, and also a reflection on this strange life we all live.

    My mum died 16 years ago but she becomes stronger within me as time goes by, a bit like some musicians or artists who finally become famous after death.

    A lovely poem which I would describe as very real.:)

    PS I could never taste a lamb:) Ive been vegetarian for many years.


  2. journeyintopoetry · April 2, 2013

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  3. journeyintopoetry · April 2, 2013

    Ok, trying again.

    A tribute to tour mum and also a reflection on this strange life we all live,

    My mum died 16 years ago and she becomes closer to me as time goes by; a bit like an artist or a musician who finally becomes famous after death.

    A lovely poem which I would describe as being very real.

    PS I would neer be able to taste a lamb; been vegetarian for many years 🙂


  4. dfb · April 2, 2013

    Thank you! Yes, I’m veggie too and glad to be so.


  5. Journeyintopietry · April 2, 2013

    Yay! kindred spirits! 🙂


  6. Soma Mukherjee · April 2, 2013

    A tribute painted on the grunge…
    The reference of lamb gave me shudders
    how swiftly things change their place in our world.


  7. susanjanejones · April 2, 2013

    We only have one Mum and they’re special.


  8. dfb · April 2, 2013

    Thanks so much Soma! Call me ‘soft’, but how can we go ‘aah!’ at a lamb one minute and eat one the next? My dad would call me soft!


  9. Ina · April 2, 2013

    What a lovely tribute tou your mother!
    This won’t be the last time you do.

    I don’t know the taste of lamb, but they do feel nice 🙂


  10. Pete Armetta · April 2, 2013

    Perfectly humanly flawed culmination. 🙂 Got a tear here dude hah


  11. The Course of Our Seasons · April 2, 2013

    A poignant and honest poem – loved the lamb references too – beautifully written – K


  12. lscotthoughts · April 2, 2013

    Lovely tribute to your Mom, David, and very real for me, as mine has only been “gone” for a year now…and I agree, as to the lamb! 🙂


  13. j matthew waters · April 2, 2013

    lyrical and deep with a sense of ease – a joy to read a second and third time


  14. Three Well Beings · April 3, 2013

    This is really quite brilliant Dave. Really got to me! The thoughts of our mothers (us) being just vessels…I had to read it a couple of times to really capture what that means, but I got it and it’s strong. Totally feel the same about the lamb!


  15. dfb · April 3, 2013

    Thanks very much!


  16. dfb · April 3, 2013

    Thank you so much Lauren!


  17. hypercryptical · April 4, 2013

    I agree – brilliant words of tribute to your mum.

    Anna :o]


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