Thirteen, she believed she had it all
A loving family, a life worth living.
Mother, Father, Sister and Brother,
Together, a home full of love and care.
Her world, so innocent
Nothing could go wrong
Her youth shared with friends and laughter
Full of enthusiasm little responsibility
Free from worry and doubt.
The clouds covered the sun of her youth
It all seemed to be a lie
Alternate universe collapsed at her feet
She fell into complete darkness
She looks back now and recognizes that day.
How was she to survive in a world so bare?
She was forced to grow up
Become an adult. Without her mother
Learn the sad and true parts of life
Grow in more ways than one
To be the person her mom would have wanted her to be
How to go on?
A mix of emotions
Losing her mother, suddenly with no understanding
No understanding of what to do next
Standing in darkness
As people felt bad all around
A new feeling as if disappointment had set in
Which path to take?
She wanted people to understand that she would recover
People expected her to fail,
To fall apart,
To not be okay
Would she be okay?
But she knew better
She knew she was strong
Capable of much more
And more would take time
She knew her mother was always looking over her
Where would life take her?
She had a guardian angel
The best guardian angel.
A mother of power and resilience
Always there when she closed her eyes
But why can’t she be here?
Her mother had created change,
Not only in her but had imprinted on so many others
Her mother was strong, resilient, bold and courageous
As was echoed by all that had the fortune to know her
Where were they when she needed them the most?
The memory of her mother would not disappear
To disappear would not be possible.
The faint recollections that she has to remember
Will always be there to provide stories for others
And continue her legacy.
Her mother meant more than the world
Could her world ever mean as much again?
That sunless day was etched into her memory
Loss, sadness, confusion.
The end of her childhood.
The dark day that life changed forever.
When Lynne’s time on earth had run out.