Friday, February 19, 2010

Where Has My Mother Gone? Flash 55 Friday

Where has my mother gone?

This wrinkled soul,

who sits staring into space,

and doesn’t recognize the daughter

she nurtured and inspired for 65 years,

this woman who once waltzed to violins

in Salzburg and learned to cook searing hot

food from her Thai housegirl, is now a

prisoner in the confines of her mind.

Carmen Henesy

If you would like to tell a tale in exactly 55 words, post it and go tell the G-Man



  1. hope she lives in a sweet dream..
    <great 55 my dear Carnen
    Hugs from the Canaries

  2. You remind me about the song "where's your mama gone"...

  3. What a touching poem, Carmen. my mother had a dementia - related illness so this poem has touched my heart.

  4. oh this is a sad 55...i dont look forward to this day...wonderfuly written though.

  5. This is so touching. I can feel your love and sadness for her.

  6. We're all going to be there sooner or later. Lovely piece.

  7. oh yes the long good bye, tragic and sad. I often wonder if the spirit has already gone home and the body is just missing it. Who knows, I hope everyone with this horrible disease, is much happier within their minds than they appear.....Have a great weekend Carmen.......:-) hugs

  8. This hits too close to home for me. Great 55. My 55 is HERE . Come see what's up.

  9. Anonymous11:24 AM

    It is hard- this knowing they've come and gone since yesterday. May her days be peaceful, may her thoughts light gently- like so many butterflies.

    May you find peace in hers.

  10. My heart hurts for you, but I hope that in the land your mother now inhabits, she is young and free and dancing once again.

  11. Watching a beloved elder go down like this is so hard.

  12. beautifully written --she is still inspiring you!

    great 55-c

  13. Sweet and sad, Carmen....

  14. It's so sad when this happens. I've always thought it so unfair that the strong of body are deserted by their minds and the mentally sharp fall apart physically. But alas, no one ever said life would be fair.

  15. Anonymous4:46 PM

    No past, no future, an eternal present.

  16. beautiful....

    sending love,my friend


  17. Beautiful poem, Carmen! I don't look forward to this day for anyone..

  18. Carmen...
    What a moving story.
    It's such a difficult thing watching one of your parents slip away, knowing that they will never be the same.
    Thank you so much for this reality 55.
    You Rock Baby!!
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G-Daddy

  19. Dulce -
    Right now, I wish I was in the Canaries with you.
    This is such a hard time for me!

    rainfield61 -
    I don't remember that song but I must find it and listen to it!

    Welchcakes Limoncello -
    It is so sad, isn't it, to watch our parents go through this? I am hoping, my mother will improve once they get her cardiac status cleared up...but I know she will never be her old self.

    Brian Miller -
    I need a happier 55 next week!

    A human kind of human -
    I think this has been the hardest three days of my life. I hope my children do not have to go through this with me.

    This is an experience I've heard about from my friends and from my sister-in-law and I knew was coming...but it's possible to stay in denial until it actually happens.

    Bernie -
    Yes, it would be some consolation if I thought my mother weren't really so miserable as she seems. xxxooo

    Monkey Man -
    This 55 was definitely from the heart. I'll read yours as soon as I finish these comments.

    Titanium -
    Thank you so much for your lovely, sweet comments about my mother. They mean a lot to me.

    quilly -
    Very sweet wishes from you - which made me feel a lot better. Many thanks.

    Alice Audrey -
    Thanks for stopping by and offering your support.

    C.M.Jackson -
    I didn't look at it that way - I guess my mom IS
    still inspiring me. It helps to see that.

    Braja -
    I know that sadness is part of life...I wish I could accept it more gracefully. I need a yogini lesson on that!

    ρομπερτ -
    I'm not sure this eternal present is such a good deal!

    My Farmhouse Kitchen -
    Need all the love I can get - send more!

    Icy BC -
    I know none of us wants to face the prospect of our parents aging and becoming infirm. Sometimes it doesn't happen this way, thankfully.

    G-Man -
    Sad reality, this one. But that is life and we have to deal with it as it comes. I'll survive, perhaps a little rougher for wear.

  20. This is beautiful, though sad. I'm glad you're writing through it.

  21. Mrs444 -
    The writing helps. It is so lonely here, otherwise. I have my one good friend and his wife but I told my brother in Atlanta not to come just yet since he needs to try and arrange placement for her there. I had hoped she might clear up some but I'm not sure she is going to do so.