Poem: Since She's Been Away

I miss my mother

who now lives away,

though she still does know us

when we come to stay.

She is happy


and does not seem to care

about where she is now

nor how long she's been there.

We once spoke on the phone

about every day.

She cannot answer it alone

since her mind has been away.

We are thankful she is well


though she's had a fall or two.

And the fading of her mind

is hard to get used to.

She is still a caring mother

who listens carefully,

and thoughtfully smiles,

loving us gently.

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