Sharing Stories

Spring flower

Sharing Stories


Outside my window, Spring is sending little

messages through this bright and shiny daylight

through the arms of these bare trees that have

small buds, and these sudden purple crocuses

lining the grass on my walk to the gym

and if I close my eyes, I can still remember

the ache I felt that Easter morning, so full of life

bursting everywhere, the morning after my mother

had lost her battle with cancer and my chest felt

like an anvil sat on it, as I fought off bronchitis

and I thought it was unfair for everything to be so beautiful

when I had lost so much, the hole in my soul so huge

thinking of her hands, shaking, the leukemia stealing her away

she trying to bridge the gap, and let me know how much

she loved me, and how she hated that only in that moment

dying in the hospital bed, she was able to speak above

the noise of our both trying to find the peace my father

had taken from both of us, to wrap her heart around me

and let me know, that though I'd always be “the weird kid”

she didn't care, she loved me anyway.

James Stansberry is a Seattle writer/cancer warrior/psychic/medium

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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