Unanswered Questions

Jane Louise Rankin Kimble
Jane Louise Rankin Kimble

what did you do when i didn't
     sleep through the night?
was potty-training an easy task?
do you remember fifth grade
     and the sudden influx of hormones?
or junior high and the
     sudden influx of attitude?
what about your body changing?
     is that a possibility?
tumors, unwanted? 
     how did you cope?
and when i graduated,
     the oldest child,
     how did you feel and 
     what did you do?
oh, and hot flashes,
     what did you do?
so many questions,
     forever unanswered,
your voice travels
in my heart
     and in my soul
the details are just that
words floating in the air
answers ungiven
but your voice is full
     of the broad strokes
     of love and generosity
     of aching for children
     and of beaming with joy.
those questions are complete.

Categories: Grief Poetry


  1. dan said on January 29, 2011
    There are so many questions left hanging in the air and so many answers zipping by. It's hard to get them to the same space at the same time. When the answers are there the questions aren't ready. When the questions are there the answers may have long disappeared.
  2. Jingle said on February 13, 2011
    interesting one. thanks for the wonders. A+
  3. dragonkatet said on February 14, 2011
    :( I think remembering those we have loved (and lost) in poetry is one of the highest tributes one can give. We don't get to choose our family, and seems we take them for granted...until we either wake up and become aware while they're still here or lose them and realize it in hindsight. This was beautifully written. I hope you've found your answers and made peace with them. :)
  4. fiveloaf said on February 14, 2011
    lovely.. happy valentines.. here’s mine.. http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/happily-tied/
  5. Liliana Negoi said on February 14, 2011
    why do i suddenly have a tear in my eye? :)...this is so painfully sweet...
  6. Olivia said on February 14, 2011
    Quite agree with Dan..! Very well played along the theme- relationships.. :) Very well written Hugs xx
  7. Mary said on February 14, 2011
    This is a very touching tribute, I assume for your mom, Jane. Kudos.
  8. louisedouglas said on February 14, 2011
    yes the unanswered questions, beautiful work. here is mine: http://louisedouglas.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/goodbyes/ http://louisedouglas.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/to-my-love/
  9. Shashi said on February 14, 2011
    Its so soft and emotional... I could fit in many personae in the person that this poem is addressed.. and this is the beauty of your words and poetry.. I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing... ॐ नमः शिवाय Om Namah Shivaya http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com/2011/01/whispers-emptiness-and-soul.html
  10. Fyodor Lewis said on February 16, 2011
    Life is too short to leave questions unasked and experiences unshared. This poem is beautifully sad and yet joyful with a memory of love. Thanks for sharing.

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