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Sorry You Are Leaving #MondayMusings

I wrote ‘Sorry you are leaving’ in response to a #FridayReflections prompt from Sanch Vee,  while my Mom was in a coma, but didn’t publish it. I decided to publish it this Monday, the day after my Mom’s passing, but couldn’t do it either. So here you go, #MondayMusings on Wednesday.

sorry you are leaving

Sorry You Are Leaving

Sorry you are leaving, Mum
But your time has come to go
It’s hard for us to say goodbye
For we love you so.

You and I have never had it easy
That’s the truth and you’d agree
We’d argue and fight fiercely
Holding very different views
But we loved each other deeply
That no one can refuse.

I’ve never been the daughter
You wanted me to be
But you know I couldn’t let that
Stop me from being ‘me’.

If there’s one thing we had in common
It’s our lack of sentimentality.
I learned from you not to hold on
To things from the past,
Because unlike love,
They’d never last.

You asked for living bouquets
Not for empty platitudes
So I’m telling you I love you
And expressing my gratitude.

I return you to the Maker
With a promise that I’ll do
Whatever I can to make
Your wishes come true.**

So be at peace, Mother
And rest with God above
May you be surrounded by love
Only love.


** My Mum didn’t want to be taken to Church and wanted no eulogies at her funeral. I’m happy to report that with a little help from me and a lot of help from the Universe, her wishes were respected.

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  5. Parul Thakur Parul Thakur September 26, 2017

    Loved this post. There are honest feelings written through each word here. May your Mum rest in peace, Corinne. Hugs!

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  7. Kathy Gottberg Kathy Gottberg September 19, 2017

    Dear Corinne. My heart goes out to yours because I know even when it is expected it is not easy. So many ties. So many memories. Your poem though is a lovely tribute and I’m sure a source of comfort. And good for you for respecting your mother’s wishes about her way to pass. May we all find that strength when it comes time. ~Kathy

  8. Minakshi Bajpai Minakshi Bajpai September 17, 2017

    Sorry to hear about your loss. My heartfelt prayers are with you and your family. This is such a beautiful tribute.

  9. Shilpa Gupte Shilpa Gupte September 16, 2017

    Oh, Corrine, I am so sorry to read about your mum’s passing! May her soul rest in peace!
    The poem you wrote for her expressing your love for her is so beautiful and moving. I am sure she must be smiling at you from above and sending you her love.
    Hugs to you, my dear! <3

  10. Damyanti Biswas Damyanti Biswas September 15, 2017

    Hugs, Corinne. This is a brace and heartfelt tribute. Take care of you.

  11. vishalbheeroo vishalbheeroo September 15, 2017

    I am sorry for your loss Corinne and hope your mother is in a better place. These words, I return you to the Maker’ is deep and perhaps many of us should understand. After all, respecting someone’s wishes is what we need to do as respect to someone’s memory.

  12. My heartfelt prayers for you and your family .I think you are very brave to be doing this even when you are saying goodbye .Please accept my condolences .

  13. BellyBytes BellyBytes September 14, 2017

    Ah Corinne. I’m sure it must have been hard seeing your mum go . You possibly are more like her than you imagine hence you had your disagreements. Glad you could fulfill her last wishes

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  15. Team MocktailMommies Team MocktailMommies September 14, 2017

    Corinne…my heart goes to two strong ladies… your mom and you! Nothing else other than this poem, could have been the best good bye message ever!
    At the start of the week when I could not see any post from you, I was just hoping that everything is fine at your end; Specially in the wake of your mother’s ailing health. It may sound rude, but going by my own experience of saying bye to my father… I would say that it was a great passage! She left peacefully!
    Corinne you now have an angel up there!
    – Anagha From Team MocktailMommies

  16. Esha Esha September 14, 2017

    Glad you shared your deepest thoughts and emotions in this post, Corinne. Sometimes, we understand our loved ones better on hindsight, reflecting on the moments we shared with them and then, realising that we always had a very special place for them in our hearts beyond hurt and anger. Your love for her is so evident in this beautiful poem, no matter the differences that came in between! May her soul rest in peace!

  17. Sheethal Susan Jacob Sheethal Susan Jacob September 14, 2017

    This is sadly beautiful. Reminded me of my relation with mom. Felt you were so composed and ready to let go of her, from your words. Hugs and prayers. ❤

  18. Monika Monika September 14, 2017

    That’s so sad …..mum and daughter share a very special relationship …..she will always b with u in Ur heart ….may she rip

  19. pragunify pragunify September 14, 2017

    Heartfelt and touching, May her soul RIP.

  20. Vasantha Vivek Vasantha Vivek September 14, 2017

    I could feel your heart well, Corinne. This is what I was feeling when my dad left us some 20 years back. A never repairable loss, it was. But still I believe he’s with us only. Hope your mom rest happily in the arms of God. Stay blessed always dear.

  21. Lata Sunil Lata Sunil September 14, 2017

    It is a beautiful poem. Surely, Mum would have been proud to read this.

  22. Vinitha Vinitha September 14, 2017

    Such a beautiful and heartfelt poem, Corinne. I love your authenticity. May she rest in peace. Hugs. ❤️

  23. Natasha Natasha September 13, 2017

    This is heart breakingly beautiful Corinne. I can so relate to it as Ma and I share a similar relationship.
    This is such a tender, loving, heart-felt requiem for your mom, Corinne.
    I’m sure she is reading this and smiling and shining her light over you from the heavens above.
    Big, big hugs and much love to you.

  24. Angel Stew (@AngelStew16) Angel Stew (@AngelStew16) September 13, 2017

    This is so beautifully heartbreaking Corinne.. I am so sorry and I understand your mother/daughter relationship all too well.. Hugs to you from Idaho <3

  25. Ramya Ramya September 13, 2017

    My hearty condolences and hugs to you Corrinne. A heart felt poem.

    • Shirley Corder Shirley Corder November 20, 2017

      So very sorry, Corinne. The loss of a mother is indeed painful.

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