14 May 2011

100 Word Challenge: My Mother

I am attempting to regularly participate in The 100 Word Challenge. Each week, Velvet Verbosity posts a prompt, and participants write 100 words, in any form, in response to the word. This week's word: Forgetting

My Mother

Sometimes I have to concentrate to recall how a smile shaped her mouth, pushed up her cheeks, though I can see her eyes glimmer with life’s joys. After a while - minutes, hours, years - her features lose their sharp focus, becoming dreamy soft, as her hugs before disease stripped her bones. Occasionally, I’ll glimpse her hands at the end of my wrists, trace her outline in my sister’s silhouette, hear her pleasure in a Beethoven sonata, feel the pressure of her in my grandmother’s embrace. The tides of memory shift and settle, sharpen and fade, fill and empty me.


  1. Great entry. It's true that the more time that passes the fuzzier the memories get.
    Thanks for sharing! =)

  2. this is a beautiful memory picture of your mother. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. I can imagine wanting to hold tight to those memories as they slip. And then relaxing into the new ways they come.

  4. Thanks for the kind words... this challenge was harder than the last.

  5. That is beautiful ... and I know what you mean.