The Song is Still There

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Time has been hard on some things, soft on others.

Hands that planted, hoed, kneaded, washed, spanked, played, and praised

are soft with disuse—

in many parts the feeling gone.


Where once fingers crunched numbers,

curled hair, cooked, crocheted, and quilted—

precise and prodding—

they are now in some ways unresponsive, lap-sitting, waiting.


And the wrinkles have come,

sagged sage,

leaking out time after time—

and it seems unfair for one so capable to be so dependent, lonely,

planted among babbling others who are reliving horrors and wonders,

imagined and real.


The vibrato is elastic and uncontrolled,

but the song is still there—

words carried along on the memory and soul imprint

from days and months and faithful years of



And the miles walked and fires stoked and kids raised

are etched in lines across your face.

Much of the meaning is tweaked or gone,

but the heart is still loving.

The dreams are misplaced,

but the mind is still dreaming

of a forever

when weakness and age is swallowed up in pure


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About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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19 Responses to The Song is Still There

  1. pattisj says:

    The laughter is priceless, the last one–pure love.

  2. coastalcrone says:

    What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful soul! Your words are so true – well done!

  3. quirkyjazz says:

    Priceless. Your words are so beautiful as is the person you describe for us.
    {the song is still there} hopefully will be true for us in the end!

  4. Lindy Lee says:

    Time-worn phrase, old age is not for sissies…

  5. nutsfortreasure says:

    Your Mom is blessed to have a daughter like you HUGS

  6. dorannrule says:

    This whole post is absolutely beautiful Lilly – from beginning to end. Love is what will carry you and your Mom through and love is all that matters.

  7. corley598 says:

    I am so touched by your words. My aunt, who has always been such a loyal, faithful and loving woman and who has been like a mother to me since my own mother passed away 25 years ago, is reaching the end of her journey and her hands, like your mother’s, that planted and sewed, played piano and organ, now lie idle in her lap due to a degenerative muscle disease. She is waiting now with the song “Here I Am Lord” in her heart.

  8. Reblogged this on A p r o n h e a d — Lilly and commented:

    I have finally gotten the time and heart to type up the notes and eulogies from my mum’s funeral service. Hope you are happy now in heaven’s welcoming place. Love you Mum. Miss you.

  9. Absolutely beautiful images. She looks like a lovely woman! 🙂

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