30 July 2007

Three Years Ago Tonight...


Top Photo:
FAYE TYLER
25 October 1910 - 10 July 1990
Jan Stewart's Mother


Bottom Photo:
JAN STEWART
15 October 1934 - 30 July 2004
My Mother


Warm Sands Of Time
By Royce Addington

Stretched out in the still warm sand
Under a full moon
Next to the crackling fire
Just laying there
Amazed at the fluid flames of molten gold
Dancing with the sparkling silver moon spirits
Across the velvet darkness
Skipping along the crests of a restless sea
Recognize the miracle of Nature’s fusion
The dazzling, dizzying movement of light


Moon and Fire
Two women unlike any other
The smell of Estee perfume, Belgium chocolate and oil paints
Drift through my memory
Flickering flames as strokes of their talented inspirations
Look into the mesmerizing night
Feel the subtle vibration
The undulating movement
Of incoming waves
The water foams onto the soft cashmere beach


How I cherish the love
Their beautiful
Wise
Mischievous faces
No longer alive in this world
Gratitude spills from my heart
In great heaving sobs of joyous remembering
I thank the Universe for their presence in my life
As our Cherokee ancestors gently nod their approval
They speak to me of love and pain
All of them
Moon Beam Souls
Warming themselves
In the hypnotic bath
Of Freedom’s Firelight

14 comments:

Cheryl Finley: said...

Royce,
I am touched and moved with the love psalm to your mother and grandmother. The love, and appreciation and gratitude and reverence you feel for them permeates this realm and reaches the realm they now reside in. I just know they feel your every emotion...those feelings can't help but radiate throughout the universe. What beautiful poetry your heart and soul has gifted you with..and how truly marvel-ous...that you three got to dance together in this wonderful life...the life in this great continuim.
Thank you...and I send you armfuls of hugs and blessings...and love.

happydays525 said...

So touching, thanks for sharing!

omgirly said...

wow! they look like movie stars-both of them. What a touching tribute!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I like the scents you chose to weave into your words, scent is so evocative, perfect for the subject.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos too!

Royce Addington: said...

Your beautiful comments are much appreciated. Thank you.

In case you were wondering...
I look like my father.
Got to love the Genome Martini...shaken, not stirred!

Cheryl said...

Royce, such a lovely, touching tribute to two beautiful women! I can almost smell their perfume. Thank you for sharing this with us!

megan said...

Royce...unsure where to start...this is why and how women are so beautiful. don't get me wrong, i love men, but this kind of beauty comes only from women.

I'm touched by the positioning of the photos and how it reflects the lineage. Your words flow out of that line and they do flow. Some really thoughtful and elegant word choices...evocative and engaging...like cashmere beach...and the miracle of nature's fusion. thank you for sharing this beautiful story...they've now touched me, too.

Pattie Mosca said...

You know exactly how I feel about this post!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!! LOVE YOU!

just me said...

Art and poetry and family/love... a triple threat. :) (in a good way of course)

Nicole said...

;-) Great

Deb G said...

What a wonderful tribute to your family. A beautiful poem....

Miriam said...

This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it. And, hey, my husband's name is Royce, too!

inspired said...

;o]