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Apple Butter
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By Louis Gander
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Apple Butter

So many things just disappeared

forever with my mother.

Mom's apple butter's almost gone

and there won't be another.

But I can taste it.  Sure, I can!

It's not like any other.

Except for grandma, no one made it

just as good as mother.


But now a silence fills her room.

Oh, how can I rejoice -

with not a hymn to listen to

nor her familiar voice?

All gone, her clothes and furniture.

No fragrance greets my nose.

No flower pots or nature's bloom.

At last, her door I close.


I close it on so many things

I'll never again see.

And apple butter, now all gone,

is just a memory...

So I sit back and close my eyes

here in my fav'rite chair -

where I can see her making more,

more apple butter there...

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Submitted: Sunday, September 7, 2014

Last Updated: Sunday, September 7, 2014

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.

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