The sun was setting on my back, delighting me with fall whispers
Trails of auburn and ginger colors left kisses of white ribbons on my skin
An anole wiggled with his last taste of energy behind dried leaves
I heard a lone saxophone from an outdoor restaurant crying high notes
That is when I saw her, she was young again
Pulling up garden bulbs, her pride and joy in the sand
Green ferns were blowing notes her way as she began to dance
Oh no, this was no happenstance
Mama – I felt my lips move as the word traveled in the still muggy layers of my dream
Slowly turning, bare feet slightly in the air with pink toenails
I’m making chicken pastry tonight and a chocolate pie
Her glance was like a painting that was never meant to dry
Smiling at me with her pink painted and crooked lips
But she was sober, and a minute of happiness was balancing a miracle without scales
Green ferns were blowing notes her way; she began to dance
Oh no, this was no happenstance
Evening was coming, like a thorn tonight, to steal this moment of memories
Reaching up, I moved the sun skyward and placed it back over the Wilmington coast
The saxophone cried notes that spun my spirit in hopeful circles of white light
Mama left her gardening, pulling off her apron exposing a tight blue dress
Only she was moving towards the sound of the sax coming from the pier
She didn’t sit at a table, for there was my handsome, young father in uniform
Green ferns were blowing notes their way, and they began to dance
Oh no, this was no happenstance
52 thoughts on “I Dream of Mom and Dad”
A dream to perhaps make peace with the past. Beautifully written piece, Joni❤
Thank you my dear Suzette. They both had faith. My mom taught me about God when I was very little so I believe I will see them again in heaven. Thank you again my friend. Stay safe you and your loved ones. Hugs ❤️ Joni
Thank you. ❤
You keep writing your beautiful poetry my friend. You truly have a gift. Love to you and your family. 💕❤️Joni
And you too are gifted! Blessings to you and your loved ones as well. Peace to you Joni.💖🙏🙏
A most beautiful, tender poem, I would say one of your best and that is saying a lot as you are a wonderful writer whose words, precisely placed, create long lasting images and evoke such profound emotions. Quite lovely Joni. All the best,
Thank you Francisco. I appreciate your sweet words very much. I am delighted you liked it and think it is one of my best. That is very gracious of you my friend and your thoughtful comments have made my morning extra sweet. All the best to you two as well. J
It’s my pleasure my dear Joni, lots of love, peace and happiness to you and your husband from us here in Spain 🇪🇸
Thank you both so much. I am grateful for your support my friends. Love from us here in NC. 🤗💕😘💖
My dear friend
It’s a heart – touching tribute, so poignant, beautiful, soft, melodious and nostalgic.
A suggestion- why don’t you read it and embed an audio? Would make it doubly effective, i think coz the reading will catch ur emotions too.
Please ignore if u think it’s a tad too emotional.
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Thank you so much John. I appreciate your incredible kindness. Have a blessed day my friend. Love and hugs Joni
you are very welcome. I appreciate your piece.
Thank you John. I wish I could have a happy dream of them. I wasn’t even thirty when they were both gone. I miss talking to my mom some times. I don’t think anyone is ever really prepared to lose a parent. Love ❤️ hugs 🤗 and wishes for all things good in this world.💖🤗💕❤️
You are very welcome.
What a lovely memory Joni so beautifully delivered. I could see them dancing and swaying with the music. Keep those visions close to your heart and savor them the way we all just did by your perfectly penned words. Lots of love and big hugs friend! ❤️🤗 Cindy
Oh thank you so much Cindy. You are so sweet. How funny I am on your site admiring your clients painting with the fork through the cash. I love that. So true. Great piece. I bet you have a lot of great friends in CA. You are still able to see your clients which I bet they are so grateful for as well. Thank you for you thoughtful comment my friend. Isn’t it interesting how we can be thinking about each other at exactly the same time? Hope you have an amazing weekend my friend as well. Sending love your way. 🤗💕❤️💖Joni
Love the seredipity of that Joni! The message was just too good to pass up. Glad you like the picuture. I am 6 ft away but it works and there is a nice connection I have. You are most welcome. It was a beautiful poem as all of yours are. You have a great weekend as well! ❤️ Cindy
So lovely, well done, Joni!
Thank you so much Tiffany, you are such a sweetheart. I surely do appreciate your kind support. You are very kind to me. Hope you have an amazing weekend my friend. Sending much love and bunches of hugs. Joni xoxoxo
My dearest honeybun.
This is epic. It is cinematic. I can see it, not only feel it. Outstanding work.
Sending you lots of love and blessings.
Good morning Button,
Thank you for your very flattering words. They mean so much to my heart.
“This is epic. It is cinematic. I can see it, not only feel it. Outstanding work.”
Thank you for reading and sharing your wonderful words. I am always grateful when you enjoy something I write.
I hope you are able to enjoy your teaching this year. Things are so crazy for teachers and professors everywhere. It seems to me that it would take even more of your time working partially remotely.
Sending you love, hugs and many dreams of sleeping in with fresh bake goods when you awake and fairies who have left fresh cut lavender all over your house.
Love ya ❤️🦋,
It’s a great piece Joni. It was a real pleasure to read it.
It is a difficult year, but I am not the only one in this position. All of us are trying to do the best we can.
May your weekend be filled with sunshine and plenty of inspiration.
I know you are my friend. You are one hard worker. I know it will work out as you put so much into everything you do. Thank you for your warm wishes and I am wishing you the same. I have always been so grateful for teachers of all types. They should pay the teachers and professors more and pay the coaches less, but then that is just me talking. Love you sweetie. I will hopscotch my weekend with pretend friends and eat treats made with chocolate. Love you, honeybun – sending you extra doses of a FUN prescription. The fairies have been given complete and total choices to do what ever they think you will enjoy most, happy – happy weekend. xoxoxo
Oh thank you so much. I am so glad you like it my friend. Love to you. 💕❤️Joni
Hi Joni I thoroughly enjoyed your dream vision. It is so wonderfully written,. Skillful words by design are key ingredients for making love actual! Thank you for the Saturday inspiration! It’s God’s graces that extends our spirits to those amazing heights of imagination! Blessings and sweetness for you always, lady!💗🌺🍃☕️☕️
Well thank you for those sweeter than honey words. You are certainly making my Saturday special my friend. I so appreciate your reading and commenting.
“It’s God’s graces that extends our spirits to those amazing heights of imagination!”
That is so kind of you and I do believe this is true as I pray often before I write.
Thank you for your blessings and kindness. It means so much. Have an amazing weekend my dear friend. Love 🤗💕❤️☕️☕️☕️Joni
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Thank you so much for the gracious reblog and your kind words friend. Love and hugs ❤️Joni
LOVE AND HUGS RIGHT BACK AT YA! <3 JONATHAN.
This is absolutely, overwhelmingly beautiful, Joni. Thank You. Sending Huge Hugs and hopes that Y’all are having a mostj wonderful weekend!!! 💖💖💖
We are thank you my friend. Hope y’all are too on the island. Love y’all 🤗💕❤️Joni
Love You too! 💖
Suzette Benjamin said it perfectly. I hope to see my parents in heaven, as well…where there will be no more tears. Love, A. <3
Oh that is so very true my dear friend. Love you J❤️💕🦋
This is beautiful, Joni.
Thank you dear friend. Your words truly do touch my heart. Love you both. Joni 🤗💕❤️😘
So, so beautiful! Another amazing read
Thank you for your big heart my friend. It is so very nice to meet you here. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Love ❤️ and hugs to you. Joni
So much beauty here, Joni… It is really touching 💗
Thank you so much Katy. Your words are very gracious. Love ❤️ Joni
I love the green ferns here.
Oh thank you so very much. I would bring these green ferns from down deep in the woods of Kentucky and she would plant 🌱 them and the grew like crazy. Lots of memories some nice ones. I appreciate your reading and commenting. Sending you and your loved ones blessings for safety and health. 💝 love ❤️ Joni
Just stumbled across that and it is beautiful. Hope you had a great Christmas and the new year brings all you desire.
Thank you Steve. I appreciate the visit and that you enjoyed my poem. I had a wonderful and safe holiday. Wishes for love, health and blessings for the New Year for you and your family. Love ❤️ Joni