Words used to bring me solace
comfort when written, spake or read
now they strike harsh and callous
or fall short, flat, empty… dead
I thought I knew what words meant
and still as far as i can tell
they’re just symbols for the real thing
feelings i thought that i had felt
now I’m forced to feel these things
much different than before this
as i start to know what heartbreak means
what fear and loss and hurt is
but you showed me what love means
unconditional, best unspoken
you showed me what strength is
smiled for me though you were broken
you embodied empathy
you hurt when we were hurting
and now i see that brevity
can be greatly disconcerting
you told me to let it go
when petty things perturbed me
to take a deep breath in through the nose
and let out the mouth the worry
you held me when i'd come undone
you said forever and always your baby i'd be
you were proud of who i'd become
despite the road i chose that lead me to me
you're so much more than just my mum
and our beloved gramma jamma
only now can i see the sum
hindsight's a panorama
you knew well what mattered most
was not stuff or junk or things
but to love and cherish and hold close
each other through good and bad life’s bound to bring
you had a way about you mum
thats rare to say the least
one of a kind, you leave behind
much, though your time has ceased
and when again i see you
semantics we won't mind
because then and when i see you
mere words our hearts won't bind