Letting Go . . .

A cheerful sendoff to my mother, Margaret Honton, 1932–2022.

Blessings upon you
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀And blessings upon us

Allow me to express my gratitude for all you have given —

By teaching me to be gentle with myself
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I have been kinder towards others
By forgiving my mistakes
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I have been redeemed
By affirming you can do anything
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I have achieved so much
By letting go when the time was right
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I have been set free

And allow me to marvel at your ability to connect with others —

When hosting workshops and gatherings
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀that allowed women to express themselves
When bringing the pleasure of words to children
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀through Poets in the Schools
When calming those in discomfort
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀with the healing power of Reiki
When showing the artists within us
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀the wisdom of our dreams

And allow me to delight one last time in your creative endeavors —

The way you transformed the sun’s rays into cheer
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀using antique glassware
The way you brought color and contrast
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀into so many cottage gardens
The way you found self expression
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀by piecing together collages
The way you assembled words and cadence
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀into layered poetic stories

Finally allow me to make good use of your life’s template —

To question everything
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀even when some things have no answer
To believe what’s right for me
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀even if others believe differently
To enjoy the intangible heights
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀even while acknowledging the need to stay grounded
To seek advice on the Earthly realm
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀even while praying for spiritual guidance

And so
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I send you my eternal love
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀and wish you

Bon voyage!

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Adios!

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Goodbye!

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Joseph Honton

Living out the remaining days of my life on the only habitable planet I’ll ever know.