A Poem For My Mom’s First Birthday to Be Gone

I decided to post this poem on YouTube. I pray it is a blessing.

I miss her; but I’m so thankful she’s no longer suffering.
For Our Beth-E

Tiny specks of snow dust
In dawn’s first early light
How can just one snowflake
Glow so beautifully bright?

The sun from up above
Shines down on what’s below
Setting off a fire glint
That makes my heart beat slow

Fallen flakes don’t hurry
They simply sit real still
Resting where they’ve landed
Surrendered to God’s will

Rainbow glints like diamonds
Which put my soul at ease,
That Your love can warm us
Though all around might freeze

God in Heaven fill us
With Your radiant glow
That even in the cold
Your glory we may show

Birds may peck and squabble
And crush a tender flake
Heedless to the damage
Their bustling movement makes

Squirrels may romp and ramble
And trample under foot
Helpless little snowflakes
And where they have been put

Wondering why they’re there
Frail crystals may protest,
“Put me some place safer!”
But our Maker knoweth best

Looking to the Arctic -
Some more conducive place
They might sob, “God, save us -
we perish with no trace!”

It may seem no response
Is given to their cry
As they start to suffer
And then they start to die

The same Light that brightens
Will also melt them down
Like tiny tears of grief
Wept fast upon the ground

Ugly mud will follow
Where white snow once rested
In the in between times
Hearts are sorely tested

But all these things must come
And we must say goodbye
To each tiny snowflake
That captures heart and eye

Forlorn days will follow
Where life seems hard to bear
The bleakness of the weather
Will taint each grieving prayer

And then one day a bulb
Buried beneath the earth
Will show its tiny head
Reminding us of birth

For every mother knows
Who bears a girl or boy
That sorrow has to come
Before there can be joy

So, with all Creation
A pattern is in place
Nothing blooms like a smile
Where tears have once been traced

Frail and melted crystals
Will work with morning beams
Green will soon surround us
Surprising as it seems

And so, we will give thanks
For snow that’s gone away
For what we thought was loss
Brightens each new Spring Day

Hyacinths and tulips,
Knock-out Rose bushes, too
Will bring back tender thoughts,
Reminding me of you

Daffodils shall stand tall,
As Rhododendrons wave,
Hydrangeas nod their heads,
“She’d want you to be brave.”

We may joke of “snowflakes”
And how they’re not real tough
But I smile with wonder
They shine when life is rough

When their beauty’s broken,
Delicate edges marred,
They may want to protest,
“Our lot is far too hard.”

When heat distills us down
And strips all else away
And seeing what remains
Fills our hearts with dismay

When two parts hydrogen
Cannot come up for air
And one part oxygen
Complains, “Life’s just not fair.”

Absolutely distilled,
Thinking, “I’ve had enough!”
In moments of doubt, we find
We’re made of tougher stuff

Colors will soon spring forth
Where barrenness once lay
A melody will rise
As we give thanks and pray

Seasons come and then go
This one will pass us by
Sunshine gives rest and joy
And storms may make us cry

When summer comes, please smile
Pick “rosebuds while ye may”
Don’t long for what you had
Enjoy the sprinkler’s spray

For God in Heaven knows
Right when to give and take
Just when we’ve reached August
It’s time to get a rake!

And then some sleepy morn
The ground will be made white
Upon the evergreen
Two blue jays will alight

One flake among billions
Will sparkle in the snow
Capture my attention
And at that time, I’ll know

Even though I have lost
The cycle starts anew
Someone will catch my eye
Reminding me of you

And how for a season
You sparkled among men
Better yet, up above
I’ll know you Live again

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan


I'm not sure what to say here: I once got second place in a dog-look-alike-contest? I know how to fold a fitted sheet? I'm pretty much a poster child for social backwardness - at least as far as social media is concerned; but I have some stories I think I'm supposed to share and am attempting to do that here, in this space.

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