If you could be here right now,

There would be laughter, I’m sure.

If I could see you right now,

There would be no doubt I love you.


If allowed a return to days,

The songs I could play for you,

By the thousands you could listen.

There would be no doubt of friendship.


If the fates would only allow,

One more moment spent with you,

Joyous time would be enjoined.

There would be no doubt we love you.


If only for an instant,

Your voice once more could be heard,

To hear you call me Hot Rod.

There would be no doubt you love me.


But again the time has come,

A reminder to count days.

Now fourteen Februarys.

There is no doubt you are gone.



About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on February 6, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 88 Comments.

  1. Nice and very touching..

  2. That was nice Hot Rod. Mine called me T-Baby. Be Groovy.

  3. Kaitlin Walters

    I love this so much, and Granny would have too.

  4. This is just a beautiful poem John. Very heartfelt and touching.

    Kind Regards,

  5. Beautiful and well versed tribute.

  6. My sister died ten minutes before Valentine’s Day, thirty-one years ago – time passes and life moves on but the sorrow always lingers. Sorry about the loss of your mother.

    • It’s something we never truly get over. Often I’ve been told that I would feel better in time and that I won’t miss her like I did shortly after her death. That’s partly true – I miss her more now rather than less. Having lost a brother, I can identify with your loss and I feel for you and what I can imagine you’ve gone through and are still going through. It’s never easy and so often it never gets easier.

  7. Lovely poem. I’m sorry about your mom. I lost mine just short of a year ago. Thanks for sharing the bittersweet.

  8. Beautiful! Glad our paths crossed. πŸ™‚

  9. thank you for this..mine just left..she called me Ginger

    • Thank you, Susan! Moms are the best. The nicknames they have for us might embarrass us as teenagers but one day we realize we come to live for those moments. When we’re without our moms those are the things stand out and that we tend to miss most.

  10. Very sweet to honor your mother’s memory with this poem.

  11. This is very moving…one of your best. Love, Sissy

  12. I’m teary eyed… great write… so touching… nice one… πŸ™‚

  13. now I really really miss my mom …

  14. 😿😿😿, πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ very sincere and meaningful~~~ πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

  15. It’s absolutely beautiful! Mom will always be closest to one’s heart. She’s irreplaceable!

  16. This is absolutely painful. Beautiful, haunting but painful. There is no replacement for a mother, ever. Being so very close to my own mum, I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be for you. Be blessed.

    • Thank you! I was told 14 years ago that I would feel better and that the pain would get better. I suppose it did but one thing that’s never gone away is that I miss her. In fact, I miss her more now than I did then. Moms can never be replaced.

  17. Your poem is such a lovely tribute to your mother. It makes me want to start working on a poem for my mother, while she is still here to read it. Maybe my father, too. There is a lot of love in your words. Your mother must have been very special.

  18. A beautiful, touching poem. πŸ™‚

  19. So tender, so touching; this is a lovely gift.

  20. What a wonderful poem. It portrays emotion very well. πŸ™‚

  21. Thanks for finding my blog and also following it. I hope you like it and keep visiting. Your’s is an awesome blog! I really liked this piece, touching and beautiful.

  22. Sweet words. Reminds me of my mom who passed away three months ago. It’s difficult. Btw, thanks for sharing, John.

    • Thank you, Cherry! Losing your mom is as tough as anything we can experience. I certainly sympathize with what you’re going through. I know it’s hard. Honor her by living as fully as you can. It’ great to meet you!

  23. writing, writing, words words words.

    Very beautiful, and bitter-sweet. Thank you for this.

  24. Wow, this is beautiful. I just lost my daddy on December 28th. I was away for Christmas with the in-laws . . . I’ve written a few poems about him in poetry classes I have taken. I will have to share those on my blog sometime. Keep up the good work. I pray you find comfort in those lonely moments of remembrance. ❀

  25. Very sweet tribute to your mother. πŸ™‚

  26. So much emotion with the use of written words. It’s simply… Amazing 😍😍

  27. That was beautiful beyond words πŸ™‚

  28. very sad, very moving, very real.

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