Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tangled Laughter

A flower at your grave site 
left me wanting
for your heart side

buried here,
is not the heart
I carry deep
within me

Nine girls and one boy... I'm in the front on left. 1965
longing to stop 
the passage of time
and all
inevitable passings

the growing children
leaving home
and graying years
that cover me

could it be
for just a moment still
where you would sing
and I would mimic your voice

and tangled laughter
would ensue

patricia smolenski  spreng
in memory of my precious mother,  Mary Burkholder Smolenski…
thank you for always bringing laughter, Mom.
1995  With the youngest 12 of her 32 grandchildren!


  1. Replies
    1. truly is, Megan. I have to stay focused on the positive, like she would... and give thanks that she was mine for so long... and pay it forward to my children.

  2. I was thinking the same as Megan ... my mother's funeral was right before Mother's Day in 2003.

    That's a beautiful tribute for your mom.

    1. Thank you Susan. It's such a heart rending day for so many reasons. Sending a warm hug your way, knowing you are such a wonderful mom too. =)

  3. This is a touching, beautiful tribute Patricia. I know how you miss her.
    Praying your Mother's Day is filled with joy.

    1. Thank you, Linda =) Sending a hug your way too!!

  4. This is lovely, Pat. My mom is still with me - yet I actually miss her - because pieces of her are not there anymore.

    Interesting to see your mom's maiden name - that's a family for my husband. His mom's mom was a Burkholder.

    1. Happy Mother's Day Diana! They are so blessed to have you for a mom. =) My mother's family was from Lancaster, PA. Her father's family was menonite. Wouldn't it be a wonder if there was a connection?


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