I Feel Your Presence

Updated on May 9, 2020
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Lora loves to express her feelings about those that had a special place in her life and share these loving memories with others.

The following poem reflects the everlasting bond that I will always have with my mother. Even though, she is no longer here in a physical sense, I feel her presence always near me and cherish the memories of the times that we had together. Spend time with those that you love because you never know when it will be your last day with them.

I Feel Your Presence

In the stillness of an evening snowfall,

I think about when we would have our walks together

and talk about all my plans for the future...

I feel your presence.


In a cleansing rain,

as you would dry me off

with a towel when I was a child

and I would giggle with joy...

I feel your presence.


In a beautiful melody beckoning a heart to sing,

I remember practicing the piano

and you would sing along as I played-

sometimes, you had a faraway look in your eyes...

I feel your presence.


In a lovely garden,

where you taught me the miralce of watching life grow,

the feeling of the earth in my hands

which became clay for your living art,

and in the warmth of the sun’s rays on my back...

I feel your presence.


In a memory of a vision of loveliness

when I first saw you all dressed up-

dancing with me on a starry night...

now, when I'm dressed up,

going out for the evening,

kissing my own little girl goodnight

and she tells me how lovely I look...

I feel your presence.


When you stood up to defend your child

against what you

thought was an injustice,

and now, when I do the same

for mine...

I feel your presence.


In a desperation of a moment

when everything feels as if it

is futile...

and I hear you encouraging me to go on...


In the beauty of a sunset,

when you would stand next to me...

saying, "how wonderful is this moment

and my sharing it with you,”

I feel your presence.


When I hold my little girl close,

telling her how much she means to me...

I feel your presence.


In a reflection in a pond,

where we would often wade and

listen to the frogs... I look down in the water

and still see your lovely face...

I feel your presence.


-Lora Hollings

Fire and Rain

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      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 days ago

        Umesh, I'm happy that you stopped by to read my poem, again, and I'm very complimented by your comment. It is really nice to hear that you find it soothing. Thanks for your comment and have a good week!

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 days ago

        Denise, Thanks much for dropping by and I appreciate your gracious comment. You are fortunate that she is still here with you. I hope that you can spend more precious time with her. Best to you!

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 days ago

        Thank you, Alyssa, for reading my poem and for your kind words. Your grandmother must have been a wonderful mentor and close friend to you. I'm sure that her spirit is always with you and she's very proud of you. Bless you!

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        Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

        3 days ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

        Once again I read it. It is so soothing.

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        Denise McGill 

        6 days ago from Fresno CA

        This is so beautiful and touching. My mother is going to be 89 this July 1st. I have no way of knowing how many more years I will have with her. This poem makes me sad thinking I may not have much more time with her.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        Alyssa 

        11 days ago from Ohio

        What a beautiful tribute to your mom. This makes me think of fond memories with my grandmother. :)

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 weeks ago

        Thanks for reading my poem, Nithya, and for your lovely comment. Our loved ones always remain with us in spirit. Blessings to you.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        2 weeks ago from Dubai

        A beautiful tribute to your mom. I felt her presence with you reading your poem.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Thanks much, Dora, for reading my poem and your lovely comment is certainly appreciated. It is always nice to hear from you! I have many wonderful memories of my mother. I only wish that I had more! But, you are right. I’m blessed with the memories that I have and thankful for these.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        This is a beautiful tribute to your mom. Over the Mother's Day weekend, I asked some of my friends to tell one story about a memory of interacting with his or her mother. Some of them either couldn't or didn't want to recall a memory. You're blessed with so many!

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Umesh, many thanks for reading and commenting on my poem. Happy to hear that you enjoyed it. Have a good week!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        It's always good to hear from you, Pamela. Thanks much for reading and for your kind words. I'm glad you are out of the hospital and I hope that you are feeling much better! I'm happy that my poem brought back some fond memories for you too. Take care now and get some rest!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Hajarah, Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your gracious comment on my poem. It's nice to meet you. Stay safe and have a great week!

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        Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

        3 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

        A beautiful poem Lora, I enjoyed it.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Tiyasha, it is always nice to hear from you. Thanks much for reading and for your generous comment. I'm happy that you enjoyed my poem. Stay safe and have a great day, my friend!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        Lora, this is lovely poem and it reminds me so much of my mother so much She passed away last year. I love the visions you created throughout my reading. Thanks for such a wonderful poem.

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        Hajarah Azwer 

        3 weeks ago from Colombo,Sri Lanka

        Such an amazing poem that I wud love to read over and over again!.. Fascinating!..

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        Tiyasha Maitra 

        3 weeks ago from Gurgaon

        This is a beautiful ode to your mother. It's delicately arranged and the repetition of 'i feel your presence' has made it nicely rhythmic. Loved it.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Mary, it's so nice to hear from you again. I'm glad you are back. I think that you are right! Our mind is so good at recollecting their unique personalities that we can just imagine what they would say or do in a given situation and it's as if they are right there with us. And they can still encourage us to persist and accomplish our goals. Stay safe and have a wonderful Sunday.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Liz, thanks much for dropping by and I'm deeply complimented that you liked my poem so much. These moments are magical and now I celebrate them with my daughter. Have a safe and happy Sunday!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        It is always good to hear from you, Flourish. Love is the magic word that can brighten everyone's life. Thanks for your input. Bless you!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Vidya, I appreciate your gracious comment and I totally agree with you. From the time that we are born, there is no more important person in our lives than our mothers. Stay safe and have a great Sunday.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Marie, thanks much for dropping by and commenting on my article. I like your suggestion. I appreciate your recommendation on the James Taylor article too. I've always been a fan of his music. Happy that you liked the poem. Stay safe and have a lovely Sunday!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Ruby, thanks for your kind words. It's always nice to hear from you. I'm glad that my words had a special meaning for you. Bless you and take care!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Layne thanks much for dropping by and for your lovely comment. My condolences about your father. Parents hold a special place in their children's hearts and we keep them near us through our beautiful memories of them. Blessings to you!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Thanks Bill for your visit and it's always good to hear from you. Glad you liked my poem. Have a safe and happy Sunday!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Chitrangada, I appreciate your kind words and thoughtful comment on mothers and their unbounded love for their children. Mothers hold their children's hearts forever. Thanks for your lovely words and have a beautiful Sunday!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Lorna, thank you for your visit and for your kind words. These memories are a source of comfort that often can encourage us even in our darkest moments giving us strength to believe that good times are yet ahead. Have a lovely and safe weekend!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Rosina, I appreciate the read and your thoughtful comment. The memories of loved ones stay with us long after they're gone and imbue everything with added richness. Stay safe and have a great weekend!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        Ann, thanks much for dropping by and for your great comment. I do believe love transcends all barriers and although, we must all face our mortality as well as the ones we love, we are fortunate to be able to experience this most wonderful emotion above all others! It truly is a divine gift which makes life so worth living. Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 weeks ago

        John, thanks for reading and commenting on my poem. It is much appreciated. Although my mother passed away six years ago, it seems as though it was just yesterday. Memories of the times we spent together are always in my thoughts. Have a good weekend!

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        Mary Norton 

        3 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        Loved ones seem to be more present to us when they're gone. We think of them every moment.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 weeks ago from UK

        This is a very moving poem. The refrain is very powerful as you describe the different scenes that bring fond memories back for you.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        Your poem is what everyone needs right now to remind them about their own mother’s love

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        VIDYA D SAGAR 

        3 weeks ago

        A beautiful tribute to your mother. It reminded me of my own mother, a soft spoken, kind soul, helping and guding us all the time. A Mother has unconditional and everlasting love for her children and grandchildren and is an invaluable person in in ones life. You have portrayed it beautifully in the poem, good job, Lora.

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        Marie Flint 

        3 weeks ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

        Lora, I was hoping for an essay or story, but this poem is quite lovely. The repetition of "I feel your presence" makes the experience real.

        I was a fan of James Taylor. There's a story about him in the April/May 2020 issue of AARP Magazine.

        This is nicely done. Thank you for sharing your feelings.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        This is so very beautiful. I thought of my mother and felt her presence while reading your thoughtful poetry. Thank you....

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        Layne Holmes 

        3 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Lora,

        Beautiful poem. I also love that you linked to a video of James Taylor. Someone said something beautiful recently in that for mother's day we appreciate all moms, and they added, "those in heaven" after going down a long list. My mom is living and I'm grateful, but my dad passed from cancer half a decade ago. I can really relate to your feelings in the introductory paragraph. Indeed, you can feel her presence. She is around. I know it. Wishing you the best.

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        Bill Holland 

        3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Lovely tribute! The use of a repetitive phrase is a powerful method to drive home the emotions you feel for your mother. Well done, Lora!

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        3 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        This is a heartfelt and beautiful tribute to your mother, and what better time to share this.

        I believe, it’s very difficult to describe the love and care of a mother, for her children. But you did this, beautifully. Yes, mothers are always present with their children.

        Thanks for sharing.

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        Lorna Lamon 

        3 weeks ago

        Such beautiful words Lora which brought back memories of my own childhood with my mother. These beautiful memories you speak of so eloquently are a source of comfort, where they remain in our thoughts and hearts forever.

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        Rosina S Khan 

        3 weeks ago

        A wonderful tribute to your mother, Lora. You have expressed beautifully your childhood memories with your Mom when you feel her presence and as a Mom to your little girl, how you feel your Mom's presence is also remarkable. A treasured gem piece indeed! Thanks for sharing.

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        Ann Carr 

        3 weeks ago from SW England

        This brought tears to my eyes; absolutely beautiful.

        It also brought back memories of my own mother who was gentle and kind. Your poem also reflects the teaching of a mother and the fact that you do the same with your daughter. That's what Mums are about. Yours was evidently a lovely woman, as was mine.

        I gather it's Mothers' Day in many countries now - we have our Mothering Sunday in March. I'm lucky to always spend it with my two daughters and my lovely grandchildren.

        Ann

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        John Hansen 

        3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Lora, this is a beautiful tribute to your mother and just in time for Mother's Day. Those memories will stay with you for ever. Cherish them. Great James Taylor song too.

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