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Mourning Dove

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When in doubt, I close my eyes, hold my breath;

I open them again, and count to twenty.

Breathing in, breathing out, leaves death to death;

Refocus my heart on seeing plenty.


The things I’ve seen are all recorded;

engraved upon my heart forever.

If someday diligence is rewarded,

Pain and suffering will visit, never.


While I’m waiting here, there will be others

Who’ll use another to make life easier.

There’s no single day that comes to mothers

where someone’s life is not made queasier.


she was looking around in the vegetable market...

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For those in bondage, there is sympathy;

Mourning tears for the dearest departed.

Those gone before would not begrudge me,

I hold up my head, not broken-hearted.


;Name :Pelargonium quercifolium 'Fair Ellen' ;...

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In setting aside the pain and suffering,

We make time to honor what remains;

Not forgetting time for sorrowing,

There’s still time enough to live, and love again.


© Ellen M Story and emariaenterprises, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ellen M Story and emariaenterprises with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


  1. Survivor guilt is really difficult to handle. In this world where there are now so Many survivors of others deaths, it seems we need a little help in remembering that the dead won’t mind if we make good use of the life we have, perhaps even dedicating some of our living, to their memories.

  2. This was a very beautiful poem.
    Some experience such unspeakable abuse and pain.
    To them my heart goes out as well as my tears in there behalf.

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