Peaceful Passing

by Joan Serratelli

When the phone rang
this morning
I knew instantly
the voice on the other end
telling me she was dead

"Her passing was peaceful",
the woman said to me
"Your Mother is gone"
"I'm sorry" she said

I didn't cry instantly
and yet I felt a lone tear
running down my cheek
I made a few phone calls
and sat down and cried

How can this be?
Why did she die?
She's at peace now
in a better place
that's what I keep
telling myself

But the truth is that
I miss her and now I'm alone
a motherless child with children
of my own

I wish I could tell her
how wonderful she was
I wish I could hug her
and not feel quite as alone

Rest in peace now
you've earned your place
in heaven with Dad
I'll be with you again
when it's my turn to go
until then, just know
that you will always
stay in my heart


Author's Note: My Mom died this morning after a long illness. G-d took her merifully, in her sleep. I will be eternally grateful for that.

Posted on 04/10/2007
Copyright © 2023 Joan Serratelli

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Laurie Blum on 04/10/07 at 05:40 PM

This is a beautiful tribute to you Mom. I am sorry for your loss Joan.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 04/10/07 at 07:33 PM

...and may that peace now be yours as you grieve, remember and even celebrate her life.

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