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A Parent's Heartbreak

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By Mother CombsPublished 3 months ago β€’ 1 min read
Top Story - November 2023
A Parent's Heartbreak
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My hands

are tied,

my heart

is breaking


as you lie in




I have

not known

what to do

since you



an adult

and moved.


All your





now are poor and

damaging to your

future life.


The phone call

I’ve always




getting at 1 AM,

breaking my





I can do for

you is the




in the world.


All I can do

now is pray

to the



that you



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Mother Combs

Come near, sit a spell, and listen to tales of old as I sit and rock by my fire. I'll serve you some cocoa and cookies as I tell you of the time long gone by when your Greats-greats once lived.

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  • Lina Julie2 months ago


  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    I hope that the situation has become much better since this was written. I never want to get that call, so i imagine your heartache. Hugs and many blessings to all. Prayers sent . Sad but great TS.

  • Isabella Rose3 months ago

    My words are a poor excuse for comfort, but I am holding you in my thoughts. I know you don't know me, but please reach out if you need to talk.

  • Kristen Balyeat3 months ago

    OH my goodness, sending so much love and holding you close to my heart.

  • Andrea Corwin 3 months ago

    These are great and I’m sorry for the heartache- which many times gives inspiration for such beautiful pieces of writing.

  • Carol Townend3 months ago

    So sad to read this poem, and I hope things are better today.

  • Melissa Ingoldsby3 months ago

    A truly heart wrenching experience, i am so sorry 😒 for your pain here. As a parent I feel your pain

  • Tiffany Gordon 3 months ago

    I'm sorry to hear this; so glad that she is better.

  • Congratulations on your top story!

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Heartbreaking traumatic!!! πŸ’• & hugs!!!β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’•

  • Donna Fox (HKB)3 months ago

    MC, this was so heartbreaking and yet so well articulated!! Beautiful work and congrats on Top Story!!

  • JBaz3 months ago

    You captured a parents fear in a beautiful and loving way. Congratulations

  • KJ Aartila3 months ago

    Definitely heartbreaking - thank you for sharing.

  • Raymond G. Taylor3 months ago

    Heart breaking and powerful. Congrats on the TS. If this is a true story, I hope and wish all is well.

  • It is one of those phone calls a parent fears most. πŸ’” My heart and prayers go out to you and your family during this struggle. ~ Rob

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    Oh my. Prayers and good wishes being sent your way. πŸ™πŸ€—

  • Gerald Holmes3 months ago

    This is heart wrenching, I pray for you and your's.

  • I pray for a full recovery. I can't imagine. You're one of my favorites on here. I wish I could do something other than just offer words...

  • River Joy3 months ago

    Here for you my friend.

  • Grz Colm3 months ago

    Well wishes sent their way. I can’t imagine how challenging that is! πŸ’šπŸ˜” Hang in there and we can only do what we can.

  • The Dani Writer3 months ago

    Heartrending! So sorry! Sending all the healing vibrations.

  • Celia in Underland3 months ago

    OMG I am so sorry.

  • Andie Emerson3 months ago


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