Changing of the Guard

14 Sep

Lately the old mothers
have been slipping from their places
falling, dying
vacating strategic positions
leaving gaps
in the front line.

A new generation
of matriarchs is needed
to organize the family dinners
the baby showers and the anniversaries
and send the birthday cheques

There’s a call for fresh recruits
a newly commissioned troop
of kneeling warriors
arms raised in petition and praise,
blessing the infants and the in-laws
interceding for the prodigals
alert watch women
guarding the walls of the family

Copyright © 2007 by Violet Nesdoly


If she had lived, today would have been my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. She died in 2006. My mom died that same year. After her death it hit me: our generation is it now — the one that stands between the youngsters and eternity.

This poem was previously published in Family Reunion.


Posted by on September 14, 2010 in Personal, Religious


5 responses to “Changing of the Guard

  1. Brenda J. Wood

    September 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

    So true and so inspiring..


  2. vnesdoly

    September 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Sobering too, right? How did us youngsters get to be the oldies?

    Thanks Brenda!


  3. Marie Byars

    September 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Very thought-provoking.


  4. Sharon Espeseth

    October 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    That is so true, and so simply but beautifully said.

    I will tell my older sister to check this out.



  5. vnesdoly

    October 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks Sharon!



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