Excerpt six – Gone, Not Forgotten

dried rose petals

rose potpourri

ROSES OF MOTHERHOOD
by Rose Klix

VI. Gone, Not Forgotten
- potpourri and ashes

Rain lasting throughout the quiet spring.
Fondly remembered good time smiles,
small events, warm and cuddly sunshine.
Your ashes are part of the good earth.
Gone away, but your essence stayed.
Your seeds and their seeds display unique hues.
So much like you, though they deny it.
Bless you for watching over us still.

Excerpted from Pastiche of Poetry, Volume II, copyright 2012.
Poet’s comment: “This last stanza from my poem Roses of Motherhood brings to mind the many generations of mothers who passed before me. Earlier I disliked being compared to Mom. Relatives told her the same about Grandma. Now I remember them both as part of me when I look in the mirror. This Mother’s Day holiday I commemorate their ashes in the circle of life progression. I made potpourri from my roses’ petals; their scent lingers as strong as pleasant memories.” Rose Klix
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Excerpt five – Grandmother

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ROSES OF MOTHERHOOD
by Rose Klix

V. Grandmother
- dropping petals

You’re hardy and survived harsh winters.
Some thorny years have taken their toll.
Time for rocking chair philosophy.
Soft petals have started to wrinkle.
Hugs, kisses, love are miles away.
The scent of your perfume lingers.
It seems you will always be there, but . . .
Thank you for reaching out with your love.

Excerpted from Pastiche of Poetry, Volume II, copyright 2012.
Poet’s comment: “This stanza from my poem Roses of Motherhood brings to mind both of my grandmothers. Fortunately I knew them, but for a brief time. My paternal grandmother lived her early life in true pioneer style, homesteading on the South Dakota prairie. My maternal grandmother grew up in a rural setting. She helped Mom and me garden and can our food. My own mother enjoyed her role as grandma. This Mother’s Day I celebrate generations of mothering.”
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Excerpt four – Empty Nest

Crying Rose

Red Rose in full bloom with raindrops

ROSES OF MOTHERHOOD

by Rose Klix

IV. Empty Nestfull bloom

Seeds in the wind, years and children gone,
sought their own sunshine and felt their rain.
They didn’t take root, not here, not now.
Lighthouse safe-haven perennial,
your fertilizer is tried and true.
Tenderness and training cling to them.
Sometimes they asked. Sometimes they listened.
Thank you. You knew when to let go.

Excerpted from Pastiche of Poetry, Volume II, copyright 2012.
Poet’s comment: “This stanza from my poem Roses of Motherhood brings to mind my son moving away. I continue to think about and worry about his decisions. He’s not my little boy and I know he must live his own life. It also reminds me of the times I pulled away from him and my own mother. She didn’t always agree on my choices, but always respected I had the right to make my own mistakes. We shared tears which glisten like this rose’s raindrops reflect the sunshine.” Rose Klix
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Excerpt three – Practicing Mother

Blossom opening

ROSES OF MOTHERHOOD
by Rose Klix

III. Practicing Mother
- an opening blossom

The shaded hues of blossoms defined
tentatively opened petals.
Study parenthood during sleepless
worry nights. Each day is a pop quiz.
Teacher, friend, guide, all this even more.
Spring and summer are gone in a flash.
Crazy world explorers seek safe shade.
Thank you for your wisdom and advice.

Excerpted from Pastiche of Poetry, Volume II, copyright 2012.
Poet’s comment: “This stanza from my poem Roses of Motherhood brings to mind the many worry lines I developed helping my son Scott grow to manhood. I still hold guilt for mistakes which prevented Erik living beyond the toddler stage. The children were not the only ones who learned and matured. I hope I was a refuge from the ‘crazy world’ sometimes.” Rose Klix

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Excerpt two – New Mother

Rosebud for New Mother

One of my beautiful roses starting to open.

ROSES OF MOTHERHOOD
by Rose Klix

II. New Mother
a rosebud

Moments ago, just a young green bud,
barely showed color. Yet new life
sprouts inside you with sunshine and tears.
Heavenly rain droplets glisten leaves,
help you grow. Learn patient love.
Be a good example.
Learn fast for your new seedling.
Thank you for always doing your best.

Excerpted from Pastiche of Poetry, Volume II, copyright 2012.
Poet’s comment: “This stanza from my poem Roses of Motherhood brings to mind my experiences as a new mother. I was immature but learned fast as I could. It’s the hardest job I ever accepted, but I always tried my best for my two sons, Scott and Erik.” Rose Klix http://www.RoseKlix.com/books

Excerpt one – Like a Mother

Like a Mother

Variety Bouquet

ROSES OF MOTHERHOOD
by Rose Klix

I. Like a Mother
- one rose among many plants

Myriad flowers surround a life.
Sunflower friends brighten us dawn to dusk.
Petunias, frosty survivors,
marigold mentors, lilac models
choke poor example dandelions.
One blooming rose admired the most,
not from birth, but also life-giving.
Thank you for your free guidance.

Excerpted from Pastiche of Poetry, Volume II, copyright 2012.
Poet’s comment: “This stanza from my poem Roses of Motherhood brings to mind the many mentors in my life. This Mother’s Day holiday I commemorate those ladies who helped move me forward on my life journey or blocked my erroneous path.Rose Klix

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