the angel of death 
she flies in the spring
she smoothed your furrowed brow 
with a brush of her wing
together you soared on a final exhale
pierced the sky
and transcended the veil
were you the owl last night in the garden?
insistently hooting 
and offering pardon?
Then into electric thunderstorms
and by morning light 
you were fully transformed
your pieces spiraled gently back to the earth 
like cherry blossom petals fresh with rebirth
my heart at once broken 
but also relieved
earned passage upon 
the good ship bereaved
I'll see you in every fluttering wing
and roses pink with thorns that sting
when brush takes water and pigment to paper
when ocean waves crash
and send up their vapor
in wind chimes that tinkle to summer's  breeze
in everything living and true if you please
the angel of death
she flies in the spring
and takes you to heaven on her supple wing

Mom with my two sisters...years before my birth


  1. Sincere condolences.

  2. I'm so very sorry on the loss of your mother. xoxo

  3. You have my heart, sugar. I am so sorry for your loss. xoxoxox

  4. I'm so sorry.
    Lots of love and a big warm hug.

  5. So so sorry...beautiful tribute.
    Many hugs~~


  6. Afternoon Chickory,

    You honor her well. My sincere condolences.

  7. Well, this just made me cry. Such a beautiful "song" to sing and I hope it brings you comfort throughout the comming hours/days/weeks/months.

    I can't think of a better way to honor your loss, but I know it won't make your loss any less.

    Be very kind to yourself right now and know you're so very loved by your family and friends. You're not alone. xoxox.

  8. I really love the picture you posted. Such elegance.

  9. You've honored her memory beautifully here. I'm sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

  10. My heart goes out to you, my friend. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  11. she flys in the spring
    high to the west
    on the tip of a sun beam
    pure love reflects
    projecting the mountains
    waves of the sea
    breaks through the clouds
    riding the breeze
    gliding the moments
    climbing the heart
    signed within sanctity
    stirring all calm
    wandering stars
    back to the essence
    of where life came
    loves inner presence


    hope your ok chickory,I have never lost a parent all I can imagine is it must hurt,and your poem is really really beautiful..

    love and respects neil

  12. Oh, hon, I'm so sorry. My deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in my prayers and in my heart.

  13. My eyes welled up at her invocation, and I didn't even know her. Your love for her is easy to feel. And I'm glad she's not suffering anymore.

    All our best, Ande.

  14. i'm so, so, so sorry ...
    she hung in there so long.

    this is a beautiful tribute, beautiful
    art, beautiful photo.

  15. Oh, Ande, I am so sorry, my friend. What a lovely tribute. Sending you lots of love - xoxo Pam

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. Holding all good thoughts for you in this difficult time. Truly a beautiful and heartfelt tribute.

  17. oops.
    Danged if I didn't walk in here yesterday and missed where this is a separate post from the next one down.
    So I answered there...and came back today to see where I messed up.
    Oh feathers, gal.
    I'm sorry for your loss.
    Moms are about the hardest thing to lose, I think.
    Usually because they keep that tether tied to us...

  18. Hugs and sincere sympathy, dear girl.

  19. My condolences to you and your family Chicky. Your mother looks very happy to be a mother in that picture. She had the whole Jackie O thing going for her.

  20. I'm so very, very sorry sweet girl, my condolences to you and your family.
    Your tribute to your Mom is so heartfelt and beautiful.
    The photo of your Mom is lovely, such an elegant, beautiful lady.
    Love and hugs to you dearest chickory.
    xoxoxo ♡

  21. My sincere condolences, and best regards from up north...

  22. Oh Chickie, I'm so sorry. Your poem is such a beautiful tribute. I was afraid when earlier in the day, I tried to click on the "Mom" entry on the sidebar and it didn't come up, that you had a post that was waiting to publish, and that this would be the sad news we'd see in all good time. I'm so sorry. Peace be with you. And your family. And with your mom.

  23. I'm so sorry to hear that you've lost your mother. But she's not really lost; she right there in your heart and memories; and reflected in you, I am sure. Blessings to you and your family.

  24. brian kennedy3/30/2011 11:01 PM

    Sorry for your loss, Ande. I just lost my beloved Mom in the last ten days as well, so I know how you feel. You did her proud with this painting and poem. So refined, so sublime. May she and the rest of your family be blessed.

  25. Yore Mama wuz very elegant, Pup. That demure veil? Them gloves? What a Lady. Know much of her lives on in yore own way of bein'--feel like I knowed her from knowin' Chick9 (Yore sisters is cute young'uns too, all dolled up by that proud Mama.)

    My Mama ...well, seems the Angels has been busy. Be of good cheer, li'l Pup, yore Mama dances above ya' on her pink cloud, doan'cha hear her laughter?

  26. thank you everyone for the kindness you have shown. I appreciate each comment and cherish all of you as my blog family. xo chickory

  27. We're so sorry Ande. Sending you gigantic hugs, loads of love & peace from the gang at Black Street. xo S

  28. Sincere Condolences to you and yours at this sad time Chickory.

    Hold on to those moments of joy....

  29. thoughts and prayers with you Chicky. I'm so, so sorry for your loss. x.

  30. I love the tears. Your poem is superb, and moves me to see all that you express. Love, e

  31. I'm so sorry, I just found out.

    Many, many hugs to you my dear.

  32. Passing through to say hi and give my respect.


  33. Your mother was so elegant and beautiful in this photo! And the care she took in dressing her lovely daughters showed her love. Remember her this way when you get sad for her, remember all the good times and love.

    I'm so sorry honey. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxooxo

  34. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your beautiful Mother.
    Keeping you close in thought.

  35. My heart goes out to you. She was a beautiful woman and I know you honored her in so many ways. My simple prayers are for her and for you tonight.


  36. My condolences as well. I know you've had to face this for at least a couple of years now, and it couldn't have been easy for you, and I'm sure it's harder now. I'm really hoping that life softens a bit for you and your family, and soon.

  37. Thinking of you as you go through this difficult time. Hope you are celebrating good memories of your mother and gathering with family members who have great stories to share.

    And don't forget to eat. I'm guessing many kind friends are bringing dishes for you. Since I can't be where you are, I have a post up with some comfort food, dedicated to you, Aunty, and Shamy.

    Take care, my friend,

  38. hope your ok chickory...

    love and respects..neil

  39. Hi darlin'. I've put up a pretty post in honor of your mother and you (And Aunty Belle and Granny) Come on over if you feel like it. xo

  40. hickory dickory
    chickory wu
    heart of flowers
    stars and moons
    sun shine lips
    pulsating streams
    weaving love
    in golden gleams
    earth and sky
    and birds and feathers
    greens and blues
    and purple heathers
    lifting weathers
    of the mind
    connecting heart
    rise and shine


    please be ok soon chickory..neil

  41. ande,
    just checking in, saw the poem
    enjoy all the memories
    moms love there daughters success


  42. Hugs from Mistress MJ.

  43. Hey sweetie, I just thought I'd pop by and see how you're doing.

    Hugs to you.

  44. May you always know you are loved.
    I do understand how it feels to lose one's Mum and Dad. I treasure my memories of my parents and the time we shared. Your tribute is beautiful.

  45. Sad for you. So sorry about your loss. The photo is beautiful.

  46. Just checking in sweet Chickory and sending much love from Missy D & me.


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