and wished my mother back into my arms.
As I knelt the silence of the breeze
said she is gone and never coming home.
Petals soft and sweet, her face to greet me;
leaves of green, the truth she taught and lived.
The stems, her sturdy-back determination;
thorns, corrective words she spoke with care.
I believe my life’s reward is to have known her
and shared a love with her for all those years.
So, as this bush gives out its many roses,
the lessons that she taught I’ll try to live.
Carol Louise Moon began composing poetry on vacation to Mt. Shasta following a serious illness. This time of rest and reflection provided the space to create the kind of poems which became Carol Louise’s passion. She believes this kind of renewal doesn’t happen in a vacuum, but my divine inspiration and the encourage-
ment of family and friends. Upon joining a workshop, under the tutelage of two fine poets, Carol Louise was soon being published in local poetry journals and began sharing her poems in open mic and featured reader settings. Today, Carol Louise spends much of her spare time editing, publishing and promoting other poets from her small city studio in California.