TOO LATE YOU WAITED... WHEN I GOT THERE, YOU WERE GONE... MAMA!
BY GLORIA FAYE BROWN BATES aka GRANNY GEE
I stood looking down at her youthful face
gone were any lines, or wrinkles
Her hair was soft, clean and shiny
I saw her expression... it was one of peace.
My mother who was in her sixties
now looked to be in her thirties
She laid there so pretty
With a slight smile on her lips.
My beautiful mother, how I loved you
I feel the pain in my heart
I miss you, mama
I wish you were here to talk to.
That was the last time I saw my mother
I stood there with my son, Tommy
We both stood there with tears in our eyes
Sadness in our hearts.
I saw the tube that was hidden by the white sheets
I knew they were attached to her body
Making an impression on my mind I'd never forget
I knew what it was there for, I wondered 'why'?
My mother was being cremated, embalmed... 'why'?
I let go of that thought as grief took over
Mama! Mama! You called, left a message for me
'Faye, help me! Help me'! a cry that haunts me to this day.
What happened, Mama? What happened?
I know something happened... but, what?
Questions, more questions
Answers of sorts... in time the dots connected.
Mama, I know 'why' now... you weren't wanted anymore
It was time for someone else
To come in your home, take your place
They were already there, but.. you didn't know.
Mama, I wish I could have saved you
If you'd just told me sooner
My mama, my brother... they didn't want you there
That's why you are both gone today.
My last memory is standing there looking down into your beautiful face
You were at peace, mama... no one could mistreat you, hurt you anymore
My beautiful mother who called me, left a message crying for help
Too late you waited, Mama... when I got there... you were gone.
Rest in peace, my beautiful mother
Rest in peace, my precious brother
I miss you both with my heart...
At this moment I remember you, in my heart I cry.