About this time last year we found out my maternal grandmother had a terminal neurological disorder. She deteriorated quickly. My mother, a Registered Nurse and our family decided to take my grandma in to hospice her at home. The strong and courageous woman my mother is, turned into a frail, thin exhausted woman by the end. As the end neared my mother talks of sitting at my grandmother's bedside and listening to her watch. My mother now wears this watch so her mother is never far away. I dedicate this poem to my mother's dedication in assuring my grandmother died with dignity. God bless you mom and rest in peace grandma!

This poem originally was published in Sad Poems - Poems about Death

Mother's Watch
I sit beside you, Mom
On death’s doorstep you lay
I set my head upon your wrist
As I bow my head to pray

The world to me shut off
The silence here is thick
Alone just you and I
And your watch’s rhythmic tick

I block out all my pain
And loss I’m sure to feel
I concentrate now deeply
On the tick your watch reveals

I sit here now for days
And hear the rhythmic sound
I contemplate you being gone
The thought now seems profound

The time for you is near
To enter Heaven’s Gate
I’ll stay here by your side
Until your journey is complete

It’s months now since you’ve passed
My wounds are healing slow
I want so much to hear your voice
To see your smile’s glow

I lay my head upon my wrist
When my feelings are too strong
I hear your watch’s rhythmic tick
And know you’re never gone

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  • Natasha
    i love this poem its reminds me of my mommy. i miss her so much
  • ANGEL
    THE POEM IS BEAUTIFUL THATS JUST THE WAY I FELL MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY 2004 TODAY I MISS HER SO MUCH
  • Tammy
    I loved this! I just lost my mother a few days ago. She was only in the hospital a couple of days, but watching her lay there was horrible. This poem was beautiful!
  • Diane
    I'm so, so sad. My mother died yesterday. I found your poem and think it is excellent.
  • Jennifer
    I recently just lost my mother and this poem hit really close to home, you see my mother past in her home with all of her children by her side for a week, I miss her dearly and would love more then anything to here the sounf of her voice.
  • Cecilia
    Andrea: I just lost my momma on January 13th, 2007. I was by her beside until she took her last breath. I know that she is not suffering anymore. She was only 75 yrs. old. I miss her terribly. She had been in the nursing home for three years now, dementia and diabetes took her away from me. Your poem has touched me and has helped to ease the pain. If I need to hear her heartbeat, I only have to put my wrist against my ear to feel her heartbeat. I love you momma. I miss you so much. See you in Heaven.
  • kyesha
    i think this is a very good poem because i lost my mom and i loved her very much kyesha morris 15
  • danielle
    hi andrea my name is danielle. i am 15 years old. i lost my mom when i was only eleven to a long battle of adenocarcinoma cancer. anyways i just wanted to tell you that i am very sorry for the loss of your mom. but now she is in a better place just like my mom. but anways i just wanted to say that your poem just touched me and that it was a really beautiful and inspriational poem.
  • Kristin
    i love your poem, it really touched my heart. my mother passed away about 3 years ago on mother's day. it's still very hard to deal with because i was with her when it happened. but just by reading this poem it helped to realize that even though she is not here with me, she will still never be far from my heart.
  • Shaley
    this was a totally touching beautiful poem i would recomend her to someone that could publish this hugely. i relate to this poem very much so i think it means alot.
  • LINDA
    THE POEM IS BEAUTIFUL THATS JUST THE WAY I FELL MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY 7 MONTHES AGO TODAY I MISS HER SO MUCH SHE PASSED AWAY AT HOME HER PASSING WAS SO PEACFUL THIS WELL BE MY FIRST MOTHERS DAY WITH OUT HER SHE WAS 85 AGAIN THE POEM WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL
  • Joshua
    my mom just died on friday march 10 so this poem really touched me it is a very good poem.
  • janie
    Isat beside my mom April 21, 2005 and watched her take her last breath, telling her to go and be free, but telling her not to go when it finally happened. I miss her so and there has never been a more difficult thing in my life than telling my mother goodbye. I love you MOM!
  • Kimberly
    This poem truly touched my heart! My Mom passed away July 2004 and I sat by her bedside until she died with my head rested on her hand next to her favorite watch, which I know have. I can certainly relate and it's been awhile since I have cried for her but this brought back a lot to me. Thank you for helping me see her loss in a different way and to keep her memory alive!
  • Lindsay
    My mother passed away a few weeks ago, on my 18th birthday. Just as many others who have left comments, I was the only one there taking care of my mother up until her passing. This peom brought a tear to my eye. I was really touched. Thank you for helping me express how I feel through your work. God bless.
  • vijaya
    i too lost my mom last month. i rest on my wrist to hear her heartbeat.
  • deanna
    my mother, my best friend-passed away almost a year ago now and i still have not come to believe she is gone i guess i wont accept it but i would like to say that your poem was wonderful due to me also being at my mothers side up until she took her last breath and she hand a hold of my hand the whole time and i remember the silence and only wanting to hear her take another breath but there was nothing but the ticking of the clock on the hospital wall thankyou for giving me that memory back
  • Arleane
    I love your poem I just lost my grandma recently and your poem brought tears to my eyes you truley said what was in my heart!thank you!
  • Ivan
    this particular poem means a lot o me simply because my mother died at the begining of the year. I'am at the moment quite down and reading this poem gives me the feeling that my mother still lives besides me and in some ways its comforting in but some other ways makes u realise that the one person who inspired you has gone.
  • Sandi
    Wonderful poem. April 1,2003 I lost my beautiful, prescious mother and best friend. I too sat at her side and when it was finally her time with my eyes closed, I felt her spirit leave her body. I opened my eyes and her face was all a glow and she had the prettiest smile. I thought to myself, she's Home. I really thought I was going to die when she did. I think somehow she gave me the strength I needed to go on. I will never ever forget her. Thank You for your Poem it brought back many memories, good and bad. Mostly good. God Bless You.
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