Biographical Poetry posted September 22, 2015

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an elegy to Rhondda

yesterday today tomorrow

by mfowler

a decade on
the earth's still tended with fondness
the flower of choice lives on in memoriam
above the place where ashes dwell
and feed the life of now
yesterday  today  tomorrow
a hopeful name
unpretentious in its prettiness
three blossoms
blue: the flower of yesterday and sadness
white: the purity of life, the now, the madness
purple: a hopeful resurrection, faith-filled gladness
the bush, now lush in tropical springtime
stands sentinel above the grave of Rhondda
mother  wife  daughter
sister mine
a butterfly enfolded her
the tumour gripped her brain
and stripped
the very life from her
she'd be sixty-six last week
retired, living the life of Riley
(her crazy Labrador)
and 'big sis'
would be hugging the grandkids
proudly posting pictures of her daughters
supping red wine in Provence like a tourist
her husband would be loving her
indulging her and telling her
gave his life the best second chance
a guy could ever want for
instead of lying cold among the roots
still nursing two babies of another life
and a father she adored beyond belief
my darling sister
yesterday I mourned you
today I remember you
tomorrow I will still love you


Poem of the Month contest entry


My sister, Rhondda died nearly ten years ago from a butterfly brain tumour.

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), also known as the butterfly tumour, is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumour. It spreads out across the frontal lobes on both sides and presents as the image of a butterfly on X-rays.

Her second husband buried her on a hill with a view, something both of them wanted when they were to get their dream house. He planted her favourite bush, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow above her ashes.

He arranged for the ashes of her father, and her two infant children who died at birth, to be interred with her. She had found happiness in mid-life after an abusive first marriage and the death of her children. Her second marriage lasted 12 years.

It was her birthday on Saturday last. This is my elegy to her memory.
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