Mum's Funeral Poem
Sadly, Mum passed away on November 17th, 2013. This is the poem I read during the service. I originally read a version of this poem to Mum for her 80th. Only changed it slightly for the service. Thought I'd share...
14th September 2013 - First Anniversary Gift, From Husband To Wife
Do you know? I was thinking the other day,
at fifty five, about the person that Iíd become.
I also thought about life, the ifs and buts,
how, in that life, you only ever get, one Mum.
And Mum, you were mine, or or should I say ours?
Yes, your three sons are here, in this very gloom.
Certainly different, certainly individuals, but
cared and nurtured for, in their mother's womb.
You must have been thirty when you had me,
shouting to trepidatious Dad down the stairs,
I was the third of the three, destined to be,
a relative latecomer to the plan. But who cares?
Because Mum, we all wanted to say thank you,
thanks for giving us life, here on planet earth,
and we all just wanted to say "we love you", yes,
we really do appreciate your true and honest worth.
Your tidy up gene may have expired long ago,
and you did worry some about the cost of a call,
but in life, youíve always been there for us,
to care for us, to pick us up, whenever a fall.
And we also know that it was not that easy for you,
with your legs, it was getting harder to get around,
but the world is now a flatter place without you, yes,
we all need bumps, at least, thatís what Iíve found.
Because if life and love were both just plain sailing,
well, I think all our worlds would become that flatter place,
a plain, with no hills or dales, mountains to climb, no, not for us,
not for me, no, I need these lines, etched on my face.
And now, those lines have been dampened by salty tears,
but thanks Mum, for everything youíve ever done,
because you were perfect, you were our mother and
in life, as I said before, you only get the one.
"I love it! You nailed it on the first draft! Very pleased. Shawn"
22nd May 2013 - 1st Anniversary Gift, From Husband To Wife
The poem is perfect, I can't think of anything else that's needed, great work!
21st January 2013 - 25th Anniversary Gift, From Wife To Husband
15th December 2012 - First Anniversary Gift, From Husband To Wife
Well done, it is fantastic, exactly what I wanted. You are a genius and truly gifted.
I have to say this will be one of the most beautiful piece of work i will ever present to my wife. Your work is amazing..."
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One Of Us - Accept your destiny!
"Perfect! I really do want to thank you
Allen. I know my wife will love the poem you
have written. Giving jewelry, flowers and the
common anniversary gifts are great but I believe
she will truly be touched by the gift you have
provided. Yes, you may publish it. Again, Thanks!
Miracle On Earth - Against
Hi Allen, Thank you so much for your first draft. Sorry
that I came back to you just today but I was
in Zimbabwe until yesterday. When I read your
poem tears were running down. I was really touched
and I like it very much. You absolutely found
the right words to express my thoughts and feelings.
You don’t need to do any changes. I love
it as it is. Once again thank you.
If you would like to publish it I don’t
have any problems. Please do. Best regards, Kerstin
I Realize - 1st anniversary
in a combat zone
Sorry I have been out of pocket. We lost two
guys in a helicopter crash Saturday morning.
The poem sounds great. I would like to see if
we can work the second verse just a bit. Here
is an idea let me know what you think.
And so in Iraq, we
wound up at the same place,
and though I lived in a tent with a dirt floor,
it was there we began our long series of Cribbage,
and I think that I am winning, like 500 games
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