Pieces of me are all that is left
Now that my family is grown,
The days are so different now
I really should have known.

Once I was busy with children to tend
And the days went by in a blur,
But now they have grown and left the nest
There could be a hint of despair.

I am a soul mate and Mother
And often spend time talking
With new “friends” I make
On the days when I go walking.

I am a friend who loves so deeply
And feels the pain and need.
I want to laugh and cry with you
To somehow meet your need.

I work and that brings my way
A special group of friends.
Whose lives enmesh with mine
On a road with twists and bends.

I remember the days so clearly
When clouds did not dim the scene
When everyone wanted a piece of me
And I wondered what it could mean.

But just sometimes when I was tired
And had lots I wanted to get done,
It seemed everyone wanted a piece of me
And I had a battle to get won.

Days flew by and drifted past
And year followed busy year
The seasons were changing in my life,
And so were those I hold most dear.

I had such a busy life to lead
When everyone wanted a piece of me
And important that I took some time,
To keep a piece just for me
 
Now when I look at the pieces left
And the changes that have come my way,
There is a contentment when evening comes
That I have had a role to play.
 
Pieces of me are all that is left
But I don't feel broken apart,
I have planted some pieces of myself
In my friend's and family's heart.

So I gather the pieces of me that are left
And I can so clearly see
That the pieces of me that are left
Are the things that make me free.

I have time to give to those in need
And to nurture my love of writing.
I gather the pieces that are left of me
And find it a little exciting.

There is time for me to gather the pieces
Lobby for change and for causes,
To research and learn so very much
And I have such vast resources.

So viewing the pieces that are left of me
I see the dream complete
I am happy now with the pieces left
As I was with children at my feet.


© Linda J. Vaughan
 
The Pages of Avalon