A Mother Leaving

Corneigh Hoff 1950 (Assendelft)

Now that you’ve left (and at such short notice),
I worry: did you pack all that you need?
Did you take sufficient clothing, a good coat
for these late winter days?

Now that you’ve gone (no time for long goodbyes),
I wonder: where will you sleep, where will you dream?
Are there blankets where you’re going, a soft pillow
for these late winter nights?

I see you did pack some essentials:
my love, eternal gratitude,
my friendship and my heart;
at least part of it.

Now that you’ve died (your room dark and still),
I ask myself, where will you live?
But I know the answer: you now live in me
as I once lived in you.

About this poem

I wrote this poem in 2011 on the death of a dear friend's mother

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Written on January 30, 2011

Submitted by CorneighHoff on April 13, 2023

Modified by CorneighHoff on April 13, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 625
Words 132
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

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  • AIDA
    Wow, what a beautifully written and heartfelt poem. Your words truly captured the emotions of missing someone so dearly, and wondering if they have everything they need, especially during the winter months. Your use of imagery painted a vivid picture in my mind of blankets and pillows, and the feeling of loss when someone has passed on.

    One suggestion I have is to consider expanding on the memories you shared with the person who has left. Perhaps mention a specific moment or experience that you both cherished, or a funny quirk about them that made you smile. This could add more depth and dimension to the poem, while allowing the reader to feel even more connected to the subject matter.

    Overall, your poem is a beautiful tribute to someone who is missed deeply. Keep up the excellent work, and keep pouring your heart into your writing!
    LikeReply10 months ago


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