The Face Of God

There is the purest moment
Of time, for all Mothers
Most will feel this Bliss
A Blessing, above all others

Looking into her newborn’s eyes
In their first Loving embrace
Divinity in the purity
Of looking into God’s Face

A fresh, new Spirit of God
Here to live on our Earth
Unconditional Love is felt
At this Joyous time of birth

A peak experience of life
The reflection of God is there
Two Souls aligned with Source
This beautiful moment to share

The newborn, full of Light
Source Energy at full blast
Lifts the Mother’s core
A Divine spell is cast

The Mother is being shown
How much of God, she’s a part
For how she feels right then
Is the Presence of God, at Heart

Nurturing, caring always
Watching as they grow
Living each precious moment
Blessed in the Joy they show

Letting them go to make
Their own world of free-choice
Always patiently waiting
To hear their deLightful voice

Unconditional Love always
No matter what they will do
Always being there, if they ask
Guidance to see them through

Leaving home, but not forever
One day to re-Unite
Even if not on this Earth
All is perfect, ever-bright

The Mother sees with God’s Eyes
The Divine, in her arms and Heart held
But, also the Face of God is looking
At her… It’s the purest meld

Trina Graves – 21st November 2019


About This Poem

The moment I first held my newborn and gazed into their eyes has always been the most treasured memories of my life. I have written several other poems of this (Those Moments I Treasure, When They First Placed You In My Arms, The Greatest Blessings, Now You Know) and this has always been the memory I use to bring forth my strongest feelings of unconditional love.

I knew that I wanted to write another poem of this moment and the title came to me one morning on waking, this happens to me often, so I know it’s one to follow through. I knew what I wanted to portray, but didn’t feel the urge to write it straight away. In 2019 I came across the channellings of Kryon by Lee Carroll and these have brought me a much greater understanding, but also wonderful confirmations of many of my life experiences that I thought I might never know the truth of until I moved out of this physical world. This title and knowing I had of that precious moment of life was confirmed to me by many Kryon teachings that I came across after receiving the title and acknowledging my inner knowing.

Today is Mother’s Day in many parts of our world, and is like no other we have ever experienced. In the UK our Mother’s Day was on 22nd March (the day before we went into official lockdown) and we were advised not to visit our Mothers, so most did not. 

I had planned to add a different poem this weekend as my belief of this time is not the one portrayed in mainstream media, however on waking this morning I knew that this one was the right choice for today.

God Bless all Mothers worldwide and Happy Mother’s Day to those who celebrate today.

Namaste

The Face Of God - Spiritual, inspirational poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
My daughter Emma with her firstborn Lucy (2002)

Parent’s Love… Always With You

No matter how long ago
Days, months, or many years
Their presence no longer in your life
Can bring some sadness and tears

But also, a tear of joy can fall
As you fondly reminisce
The Love you so dearly felt
Embraced, or a tender kiss

Or maybe they didn’t demonstrate
Their Love, with words or touch
But in your Heart you know the truth
They Loved you, so very much

You were their pride and their joy
All through your young childhood
And as you grew into an adult
Their inner-reflection, now stood

For you are linked in many ways
Not only through your DNA
But the Love and nurture that you felt
Remains in your Heart today

They may have left the physical
But their Energy of Love remains
Walking with you through your life
With all its joys and pains

With you through the celebrations
Births, weddings, and birthdays
Often caught in photographs
As energy orb displays

With you in the quiet times
When they pop into your mind
Wanting to bring you inner peace
Their Love, you can always find

With you when your Heart aches
And when you can take no more
They know you’ll heal in time
Because their Love is in your core

With you at times of success
Proud to be the parent of you
Throughout all your milestones and goals
They were there, to see you through

With you in times of trouble
Worry, stress, and strife
Their compassion and support
Always with you, through your life

For we are not just physical
But Eternal Beings of Love
Growing through our Earthly lives
Linked always below and above

Sharing and experiencing all of life
With our Soul group, we walk
And if we open-up our Heart
To the other side we can talk

Always with you… in your Heart
Always with you… every day
Always with you… in Loving Energy
Always with you… they will stay

Always with you, and especially
They await your presence above
One day in time you’ll be together
To reminisce your lives of Love

They will be there on that day
Excited to embrace, and you’ll see
When you transition to the other side
They were always with you, in Love Energy

Trina Graves – 16th October 2019


About This Poem

I wrote this poem for my Dad’s 83rd birthday (on 18th October), I made it into a small book that also contained pictures of his parents. My grandmother Evelyn died in 1967, aged 60, and my grandfather James in 1999, aged 85. I was only six when my nanny died, but I have fond memories of her because we lived next door, so were able to be with her often. I was given the name Evelyn (middle name) and I know I am like her in many ways. I have always felt a closeness to her throughout the years, and I know she is with me often too.

The idea for the poem was given to me (from Spirit) and I instantly knew it would be perfect to write for my Dad. My Mum has always been the ‘Spiritual’ one of my parents, but my Dad is unsure of such matters, so I do like to share my views with him, especially as a way of hopefully opening the door – just a little, if he’s willing – for him to see the Light that can shine through. 

Although this poem is about ‘parental’ love, I believe that it is really true about any love relationship and of course, for me it rings true about my grandparents and me too.

Evelyn was a doting mother and grandmother and easily showed her love, but James was very reserved, due to the times he lived in and his very hard upbringing, which is why there is a verse on not physically demonstrating love.

If this poem was not written especially for my Dad, I would have also included some verses to talk of those parents who were not present in the child’s physical life, or who might have physically or mentally mis-treated their child. I would have said: no matter what happens in any family relationship, on the Higher or Spiritual level the conditions gone through were pre-chosen by both Souls and at the core of it all there is only love, which will be revealed when united at death. I can now see I need to write another poem to cover this! 🙂 

Although it was not written as a ‘sympathy’ poem, I believe that it is certainly a part of this category, so I will include it with my other Sympathy Poems.

Parent's Love.. Always With You - by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
My paternal grandparents James & Evelyn (late 1950’s)

 

Changing Hands

For older children

In Mother’s Hands
Learning to walk
You held my hand
Balance I gave
So you could stand
A step forward
On your own
No longer my baby
You had grown

Out on walks
I’d be concerned
Of your safety
Until you learned
Of the dangers
You were unaware
Until I taught you
Because I care

You looked to me
For my decisions
As you got older
You don’t always listen
But in your heart
You know my mind
My answers are there
For you to always find

My dearest child
I love you always
So I do my best
All through our days
I truly only want
What is best for you
And so I aim for
All that I can do

In God’s Hands
Walking through life
In God’s Hands
Balance is given
To help understand
Moving forward
With God’s Presence
No longer limited
Acknowledging God’s Essence

Out in the world
No need for concern
Always safe
Because you learn
From the dangers
You are aware
God’s perfect teachings
Are visible everywhere

Look to God
For all decisions
All through life
God always listens
With your heart
And not your mind
God’s answers are there
His truth you will find

Spark of God
Loved unconditionally
Through the years
Growth will be
Adapted through
A parents voice
Or alignment with God
Make your choice

Trina Graves – May 2019


About This Poem

This poem links with two others I’ve previously posted: ‘In God’s Hands‘ and one for young children ‘My Hands, Your Hands, God’s Hands.’ On that post I tell of how I was inspired to write these two children’s poems regarding God’s Hands.

I wrote this poem as in the picture below, with the each verse of the two aspects (Mother & God) side by side, but I was not able to align it properly on here, so I have had to change it to one after the other. 

I believe that however we are brought up shapes our thoughts and beliefs. Obviously, most of this will come from our parents and/or whoever we spend the majority of our time with. The idea of this poem is to help older children understand that their parents do the best they can and will influence their life thoughts and choices, but they have a choice to let go of whatever doesn’t fit with them and take the Hands Of God as the ultimate guide. 

Changing Hands - Spiritual poem for older children by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
My daughter with one of her four children (2012)

 

 

The Greatest Blessing

The greatest blessing of my life
Was in becoming a Mother
Truly blessed three times in all
A Divine Blessing above any other

The greatest treasures bestowed on me
Worth more than diamonds and gold
Were the lives of my precious children
Still my treasures, even as we grow old

The greatest experience I went through
Was being pregnant with each one
I especially remember the delight I felt
Growing stronger with each rising sun

The greatest bliss I ever felt
Overpowering and so full of love
As I first cuddled each newborn
I was connected to Heaven above

The greatest love I never knew
Until I experienced it myself
Unconditional love for my children
The purest and highest wealth

The greatest smile I ever saw
Gazing at each baby in my arms
The recognizing of their first smile
Is one of life’s simple charms

The greatest sound I ever heard
Brought smiles of pure delight
My babies joyous, infectious giggles
Made each day rosy and bright

The greatest words said to me
Were spoken with love from their eyes
Hearing ‘Mum’ for the very first time
A joyous moment, as time flies

The greatest happiness I had
Through the years abundantly
Were doing things with my children
With their faces so full of glee

The greatest responsibility I faced
Was one I didn’t fully understand
Many years later I discovered
The power of a Mother’s guiding hand

The greatest nurturing I gave
To my children, when they were small
Another thing I was to learn later on was
They were nurturing me through it all

The greatest hugs I received
From my little ones, filled my heart
Happiness expressed through hugs
Together again, after being apart

The greatest Christmasses all were
The ones with my little children
Excitement, traditions, decorations, gifts
Family togetherness, all having fun

The greatest gifts given to me
Throughout the years, without a doubt
Were the simple little handmade ones
Or a daisy picked when we were out

The greatest holidays were spent
Watching my children play in the sun
It didn’t matter where we were
Or whatever was or was not done

The greatest lessons I have learned
Throughout my life, over the years
Were created through being a Mother
Though many did bring me to tears

The greatest teachers in my life
Were my children as they grew
Teaching me what life is all about
Much more than school could ever do

The greatest pride for me has been
Seeing the parents that they now are
Loving, caring, always doing their best
All my grandchildren will go far

The greatest time of my life
Is each and every day
Now blessed with another generation
The joys just ‘blow me away’

The greatest memories for me
Filled with love and of joy
Are with my girls Julie and Emma
And Kevin my only boy

The greatest thankfulness I give
To my Mother, for she taught me
The greatest blessing in our life
Is Mothering, for God’s love we see

Trina Graves – 30th March 2019


About This Poem

I thought I’d finished writing my Mother’s Day poems for this year with Mother’s Day and In The Arms Of An Angel, but the following day the title of this one just came to me, and I knew it was about being a mother, so had to be written that day as Mother’s Day in the UK was the following day.

After doing my usual of prayer, asking for guidance and having an inner knowing that the poem was already completed and ‘out there,’ I made a list of the aspects I wanted to cover. As I was writing the poem a few more ideas came to mind, so I made a note of them to add too. The last verse was not on my list, but just flowed and I knew it was the perfect ending.

part of poem: The Greatest Blessing by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
With my children. bottom pic: grandchildren (ages now 21 to 3)

 

 

In The Arms Of An Angel

An Angel is a Spiritual Being
A Messenger of God, His Agent
Working Divinely with love
Around us, or when needed, sent

Some people get to see them
Magnificent, powerful, bright
With pure white wings of feather
A truly life-enhancing sight

But most just know of them
Or at least hope they are true
For we all need the Divine Love
To support and help us through

However, we have an Earth Angel
Who has always been around
For we are all Spiritual Beings
And Divine Love can be found

There is one who’s always loved us
With all their open heart
Giving their mind, body and Spirit
To our existence, right from our start

They nurtured us for many years
Building our home, a feathered nest
For us to feel at peace, warm and safe
Whenever we needed to have a rest

To them we were never ordinary
But exceptional, even miraculous
Our smallest of achievements
They’d shower us in loving fuss

Unconditional Love and forgiveness
Flowed from their heart and eyes
And when we were little children
They were God‘s Agent, all-wise

As babies we knew the truth
Being fresh from the Great Above
We’d only be placed in the arms
Of the strongest and highest love

In The Arms Of An Angel
We were held like no other
Truly Blessed from the Divine
With an Angel as our Mother

Trina Graves – 29th March 2019


About This Poem

As I mentioned in my last post: Mother’s Day’ the title and theme of this poem came to me with the line from the song ‘Angel’ by Sarah McLachlan. I was writing down some notes for that poem when the song just came into my head and I instantly knew it was for another poem.

Several years ago I came up with the idea of putting angels wings on photos of my grandchildren. I have used them in several things I’ve made, including quotes for my website and Facebook page. So, it was an obvious idea to add Angel wings to some mother pictures too.

I used these pictures below, and others, for my mum’s card and I also sent the poem to my two daughters with pictures of them with each of their children too.

In The Arms Of An Angel - inspirational poem about mothers by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
Four generations: my grandmothers, mother, myself and my two daughters.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day in the UK
Is on the fourth Sunday of Lent
A day when earlier Christians
To their ‘Mother’ church went

Visiting their ‘Mother’ church
Where they grew up, long ago
A place of ‘Home’ to worship
Their thankfulness to bestow

And now Mother’s Day
Has developed to become
A day to visit home
And appreciate, Mum

Honouring our Mothers
For all they have done
Throughout the years
For their daughter or son

If not able to visit
Maybe send a little gift
Along with a loving card
Will always give a lift

For many the day will be
Tinged with thoughts, so sad
But Mother’s Love is eternal
And more likely felt when glad

Our Mother will always be
A large part of our heart
Here, or on the other side
Love unites, to never be apart

Trina Graves – 29th March 2019


About This Poem

Tomorrow (31st March) will be Mother’s Day in the UK.  My last post, You Were There, was the poem I wrote for my Mother last year, and as this Mother’s Day was fast approaching, I was beginning to wonder what I could write this time, as I didn’t have any ideas. But then, as has happened many times before, I was writing an answer to a comment from Amira (on that previous post) and the idea for this poem was born!

I didn’t have time to write a poem at that moment, so I quickly made a note. While I was doing this, a line from the song ‘Angel’ by Sarah Mclachlan came into my head, but slightly changed: ‘In the arms of AN angel’ and I instantly knew this was the title and theme of another poem for Mother’s Day.  I will add this one next.

part of poem: Mother's Day by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
My mother in my ‘mother’ church, Dorchester Abbey (2008)

You Were There

During my childhood: You Were There
Nurturing with your loving care
Through the ups and downs of it all
Picking me up when I would fall
Always there to kiss goodnight
And cuddle if I woke with a fright
Showing me love and trust were the way
To practice being, with each new day

As I grew up: You Were There
Easing me out into the glare
The big wide world dazzled bright
But I had your guidance to do what’s right
Becoming a mother at a young age
Your influence helped in each turning page
When I was left with a broken heart
With your resilience, I didn’t fall apart

Now I am blessed because: You Are There
Living into old age with peace and flair
We share stories of life and family
Lessons I’ve learned from you are clear to see
As individuals, our views are not all the same
But our core connection will always remain
You taught me to be open to receive
The presence of God, because of you, I believe

When the time comes I know: You’ll Be There
An unfailing faith we do both share
Your physical presence will move on
But in no way will you be gone
You’ll be living on in peace and love
Re-united with those up above
I will speak to you in my mind
Your reply and love, I’ll always find

My beloved Mother..
You Were There
Because you always care
A pure love beyond compare
From you I learned to share
When everything is laid to bare
We let go – to God – to be aware

Trina Graves – 10th March 2018 (Mother’s Day)


About This Poem

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend here in the UK, I thought I’d share the poem I wrote for my mum last year.

These pictures of me with my mum, were taken in the sixties and seventies, up to age sixteen.

part of poem: You Were There by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

My Christmas

My Christmas: As A Child
When I was a little girl. Christmas was so very exciting
Counting days, and wondering what Santa would bring
I loved dolls, books, and writing equipment best of all
It seems my Path was set, from when I was so small

A picture of Father Christmas always went up on the wall
Two weeks before Christmas Day, Santa watched over us all
The picture had been given to my Dad, when he was a baby
Santa wrote in his pocket books who was good or naughty

On Christmas morning Nanny Evelyn would be with us
Watching the opening of presents. and just to make a fuss
Of her grandchildren, who she only had a short time to be with
Passing when I was six, in my Heart she will always live

Once I had a huge present, from my uncle who lived next door
Boxes within boxes, revealed a present that was so small
I don’t remember how old I was, but I loved the cross and chain
The excitement and the beautiful gift, happy memories remain

The nativity story always fascinated me, I read it many times
At school I was so proud to be the Angel, and given many lines
My Mother made my robe with wings for me to hold up so high
Another year, to a class I was the Mother making a mince pie

One of my favourite things to do was singing in the choir
Christmas carols, full of joy, I know now, lifted me higher
What made it more special was being in Dorchester Abbey
A Sacred place, with beautiful stained glass windows to see

One year at my Fathers workplace party, I sat on Santa’s knee
Unknowing that under the beard was my own Dad, I couldn’t see
It was years later, after a few tellings that I finally knew the truth
I accepted, let go of the fairytale, losing my innocence of youth

In my teenage years we had pop music with the radio on,
Top Of The Pops on TV too, Dad would burst out into song
Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody,’ we’d all be joining in
Mum would be up, and around the room she’d be dancing

My Christmas: As A Mother
When I was a young Mother, Christmas was so wonderfully magical
Although at first my Husbands Christmas Eve tradition seemed radical
No decorations were put up before the children went to bed
The Christmas Fairies came with Santa, to do the job instead

The look of amazement on the children’s faces on Christmas morn
Made up for the complete lack of sleep from not going to bed till dawn
Surprise and delight glowed on little faces when they entered the room
Lights and colour everywhere, just like a garden in summer’s full bloom

I had my own tradition to bring into my growing family
My Father had given me Santa’s picture to oversee
My children, two weeks before Christmas they began to look
The third generation hoping their names were not in the black book

As all other Mothers, I wanted my children to have more than me
From my one sack, to their sack and presents under the tree
New outfits to wear, toys to play, books, puzzles, and more
There is a warming pleasure in giving to the ones we adore

In early years of their childhood there was no brussel sprout
So I could spend more time with them, the traditional dinner we left out
When they were older we decided to begin, and they did appreciate
The special meal shared together, though sprouts they never ate!

Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ first came out
Teaching us how fortunate we were, without a doubt
‘The Power Of Love,’ from Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Taught a truth, pure and simple, we all understood

Every year there were parties, with my husbands family
Grandparents, siblings, cousins, getting together to see
Sharing fun with games, and magic tricks into the night
Chatting away for hours, and setting the world to right

It took a sad occasion to persuade my husband to spend
Christmas with my parents, so some support I could lend
My gentle Nanny Jennie passed, just before Christmas 93
Being with my Mum for that Christmas was so important to me

In 1995, a totally different Christmas we planned
To spend our yuletide together, in a hot far-away land
Two children were getting older, almost ready to move on
Jamaica, our last holiday together, and then they were gone

All the delights of Christmas, through my children I lived the days
The excitement and high spirits, they sparkled in gorgeous ways
When they were younger I told them the story of the baby from above
They are my Angels, who came and taught me true Unconditional Love

My Christmas: As A Grandmother
Now I am a Grandmother, Christmas is plainly simple
It’s all about the Love we share, but there’s also a pull
Now we are not all together, which way do I go?
Spending time with everyone, my Love I want to show

My parents may not have many more Christmases to share
And it really is a time to let those you Love know you care
But little ones at Christmas bring so much pleasure, and joys
Their effervescent spirits light up, I can’t resist those girls and boys

Through the generations the same Christmas songs we hear
Although it seems they get to be played earlier each year
Marching around the room to Jona Lewie’s ‘Stop The Cavalry’
Children and then grandchildren, it is so enchanting to see

Christmas with your children is the pinnacle of perfection
It’s not until they are older that you can see the direction
Time plays tricks, the years seem at first to go so slow
In the blink of an eye, they’re gone.. where did the time go?

Watching the little ones, I see Christmas through their eyes
Wishes, dreams, the magic and awe of it all, joy multiplies
Passing on traditions, memories planted, as Love is shown
Generations evolve, moving on, and making their own

Christmas is not about the presents under a pretty tree
It’s accumulating Love and memories, in your sanctuary
As generations come and go, Christmas will always be
A time to share the Love and Joys of being with your family

Trina Graves – 11th December 2016


About This Poem

In 2016, after writing: Christmas Through The Family and The Heavenly Birth I felt I’d like to write more for Christmas. Many of my poems are written for my family members so I wanted to create a poem for them (and me) to remind us of our Christmases. 

Before I started, I wrote a few notes of different memories and the traditions I wanted to include. The poem actually took four days to complete (I started on the 11th) as I kept remembering more to add!

One of the reasons I like to write my poems is because I am sharing my thoughts, beliefs and memories. Most of my family are not interested in poems, so they don’t tend to read them now, but I know that one day (maybe when I am no longer here) they more likely will. When that time comes I hope they will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them, and that they will evoke happy memories, or tell them of family stories that they have long forgotten or maybe never knew.

Trina Graves quote from poem: Christmas Through The Family - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
some of my grandchildren (Christmas 2008)

The Heavenly Birth

Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth
Of the Son of God brought down to our Earth
A Pure, Unique Master-Being from Heaven above
Sent to guide through all Eternity with Divine Love

His birth is a wondrous story, enchantingly told
Mother Mary young and pure, a heart of gold
Visited by an Angel with Heavenly praise
“The Son of God, you and Joseph shall raise”

Joseph’s character was obviously strong and good
Although not the true father, he declared he would
Unite with Mary and become the dad
To love and support the growing lad

The story unfolds with drama and suspense
To Bethlehem they travelled, the journey immense
For heavily pregnant Mary, arriving on a donkey
Needing a place to give birth, to be a sanctuary

With everywhere full, the only place to stay
Was in a stable, with a manger to lay
The newborn baby, the Heavenly King
Now present on Earth, Enlightenment to bring

A brilliant sign heralded the birth
Notable enough for many to seek it’s worth
Kings or wisemen, and even shepherds too
The Heavenly star shone to guide them through

Each came with praise and a gift to give
Knowing the Son of God was here to live
A physical life, even from a baby so small
Showing a connection to God, available to all

***

Everyone has their own personal belief
And I do not wish to cause anyone grief
But we all decide how much of this tale is true
Our perceptions give us our own unique view

I asked for guidance before beginning to write
Asking to share some loving Christmas ‘Light’
What came to me at that moment, for what it’s worth
Is the Divine importance of every single human birth

Jesus grew up knowing he was God’s Son
No limits were placed, He was the One
Sent to Earth to share true Love Divine
And through eternity, boundless by time

With no restrictions to cause Him doubt
He grew to share God’s Love throughout
His life while here upon this Earth
All starting with that momentous birth

If the King of Kings can be born in a stable
What of other births? We should be able
To see the wisdom and Light showing us the way
To celebrate the truth of births each and every day

For all mothers are pure with hearts of gold
And fathers if present, strong and bold
Each one is doing the best they can do
Which is all that God asks of you

No matter where the birth will take place
The Divine is there, but you won’t see a trace
Lowly or regal, it matters not who you are
Beings of Love and Light come from afar

They come to witness the transition of a Soul
On it’s journey to Earth to learn to be whole
In physical form, the journey it takes
To become Aware as the Spirit Awakes

For every single baby contains God in their heart
Illuminating so brightly right from the start
If we placed no limits or doubts in their minds
Their genuine Divine Presence in life we would find

Trina Graves – 8th December 2016


About This Poem

In December 2016, after writing my first ever Christmas poem Christmas Through The Family’ to be used for my Christmas cards, I had no intention of writing another that year.

A few days later I decided to do my next quote poem (back then I only added my poems to my website: Spiritual Quotes To Live By). I had a list of quotes in my notebook on my desk, so I switched off the computer (no distractions) and got ready to write… but then I could not find the notebook! I searched the desk (there was not a lot on it) but still couldn’t find it, even though I knew I had seen it. ‘Weird’ I thought!

However, knowing from experience that once I prayed and asked for guidance I would receive whatever I needed, I let go of the mystery and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. On returning to my desk… there was the notebook so clearly in view!!! I laughed and knew that I was not meant to write a quote poem. So, I asked for guidance, now thinking, perhaps something else for Christmas?

I knew then that it would be a poem about the importance of births and would start with the birth of Jesus. But, I was quite surprised that the whole nativity story just flowed out.

The Heavenly Birth - Christmas poem by Trina Graves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
picture from Pixabay

Three Women’s Love

This poem was written for my dad on his birthday.

Evelyn was the very first
With a love so strong and pure
A mother’s love is limitless
Continuing on forever more

Doreen’s love has been steadfast
As girlfriend, fiancee and beloved wife
You’ve shared so much over the years
With all the ups and downs of life

Trina, your only daughter
Has loved you all her days
Being together changes over time
But the closeness always stays

Love comes in different forms
In many ways it is shown
It’s what life is all about
Through love we all have grown

These three women of your life
Will always shower you in love
Whether here on this Earth
Or from the Heavens above

Trina Graves – 18th October 2017


About This Poem

As you can see from the date of this poem it was written a year ago today. As mentioned above, I wrote it for my dad to go inside his birthday card. Today he is 82 and I have just got home from visiting him and my mum. Yesterday I wrote another poem that sort of continued on from this one called: Three Sons – To Be Proud. I am not sure yet if I will be sharing that one though as there is a lot of personal information about my brothers in it, so I need their permission first. 

I used to only occasionally write poems for my parents on their birthdays, anniversary or mother’s/father’s day, but over the years they have come to look forward to what they call my special cards. I always include some sort of family photo arrangement which they always love too.

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Thank You, Mum

Thank you for your Mothering, right from the very start
You nurtured our family, consistently working from your heart.

Thank you for Leading me to become an intuitive mother
Using my inner-guidance, not just the advice of any other.

Thank you for all the little things you have ever said, and done
That have made my life so happy, full of delight and lots of fun.

Thank you for your Presence, I know at all times you will be there
Whenever I need you, it’s heart-warming to know you always care.

Thank you for your Guidance all through the many years
Your love and support has helped me wipe away the countless tears.

Thank you for your Honesty you always taught me right from wrong
By your example I learned, and now live with integrity my whole life long.

Thank you for your Morality although nothing much was said
I grew up choosing to truly be in love, before I share my bed.

Thank you for your Positive Attitude, it’s truth has helped me see
I reap what I sow in life, my thoughts guide who I will be.

Thank you for your Happiness, always showing me a smile
Even when clouds are present, you know they will only last awhile.

Thank you for Teaching me: Life’s challenges are often like a test
I’ve learned from your example, to always strive to do my best.

Thank you for your Wisdom, when things all get too much
You say, “Hand it over to God” to feel His guiding touch.

Thank you for your Love, given to me unconditionally
Someone who consistently radiates that love is who I yearn to be.

Thank you for your Knowledge, you may not think I’ve gained this from you
But degrees can’t teach the highest lessons, the most important is love, is so true.

Thank you for Faith in the presence of God above
It’s been a guiding Light for me, knowing of this Love.

Thank you for your Spiritual Essence, it’s helped me find my way
You taught me to seek my own path, I live it each and every day.

Thank you for your Example to live a life of simple things
The joy of family and peace of nature, gives our Spirit wings.

Thank you for Providing a sanctuary of home, a feathered nest
Where all through the years I’ve been welcomed, to return to for a rest.

Thank you for your Life, though one day physically we will part
But I know we are eternally joined, by the love we share in our heart.

Thank you for your Blessings that I know are always with me
I bless you and know our love unites us, forevermore into infinity.

Trina Graves – 14th March 2015


About This Poem

The week before Mothers Day (in 2015) I sat to write a poem for my mum, but after asking for guidance what poured out instead was a poem about being a mother:  ‘Those Moments I Treasure.‘ So, a few days later I had another go and this poem was the result. After praying for guidance I knew it would be a ‘Thank You’ poem, so I first wrote a list of all the things I wanted to say thank you for, then I just went with the flow and didn’t put them in any particular order. 

I used photographs of me and my mum through the years to add to the poem to make a print for her. (below)

Thank You - inspirational poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By

A Gentle Soul

Many people shape our lives
Especially during the younger years
With us through the blessed joys
And there to wipe our tears

Some are as large-as-life
Their presence takes centre stage
It’s easy to see how their character
Is written on our biography page

But some are quiet in nature
Their presence ever-serene
Life continues on around them
As though they’re hardly seen

They may not have much to say
But their words are kind and pure
Just being in their company
Will affect you at your core

They are the ink to our pen
Without them we couldn’t write
The story of our lives, no words
Would show in dark or light

Their flow brings our life to focus
Through the years their aura imparts
Blessing us with their lighted goodness
That moulds and forms our hearts

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Jennie, my maternal grandmother
Was one, a truly gentle Soul
Petit in stature, not essence
An epitome of the mother role

A mother in time of war
I can’t even imagine the fear
Daily she must have felt
In London with bombs so near

Giving up home and possessions
Evacuating, for her daughters sake
Many years would pass by before
Their own home she could re-make

Times were hard and relentless
Death and Illness she had to face
But her beloved five children
Were cocooned in her warm embrace

Years passed as they all fled her nest
Moving on, to create their own family
And onward through the generations
Her tranquillity shone out so clearly

On the passing of her husband Alfred
Frail and alone, the future bleak?
She had another lesson to teach us all
How to live on? What should you seek?

The blessing of her life was her family
And through them she developed strength
Staying with grandchildren brought her such joy
Her years continued for a much greater length

It’s now been 24 years since she moved
To our true home in the Heavens above
But what she left behind in many hearts
Is her pure and simple, unconditional love

Gentle was Jennie’s nature
Pure was Jennie’s Soul: :
Jennie taught by example
Peace: life’s precious goal

Trina Graves – 24th October 2017


About This Poem

I wrote this poem for my mum’s birthday last year, I made it into a card so that the first part of the poem was on the outside, then when she opened it there was a full length picture of her mum with the rest of the poem about her.

I have written several poems for members of my family and had no intention of sharing most of them, but reading through them I thought some could be suitable to share, this being one.

part of poem: A Gentle Soul by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By
Jennie with some of her children (my mum is the youngest girl)

 

Mother’s Hand

As a little girl I held your hand tightly
For the world was a scary place.
As the years went by our clasp loosened
As I became eager to explore
Then the day came that we both let go
And I was able to walk alone.

Whatever I have faced in my life
I’ve known your hand is always there
For me to hold, if I need.
The warmth of your love
And guidance of your hand
Has steered me through the crowd of life
To bring me through.

Now as the years pass
I hold my hand out to you
For I will always be there
If you ever need me.
Take my hand and together
We can walk the rest of the path.

Trina Graves – 21st October 2001


About This Poem

When I was about nine or ten, I wrote a poem for my mum called Mother’s Hand. My mum still has it! So, when I began writing poems (as an adult) I wanted to have a go at re-writing it for her birthday.

I can’t believe it was almost seventeen years ago! And there was me thinking she was getting old reaching sixty-three,  but in very few years I will be that age!!! Over the years I have written quite a few poems for my parents as they always love to receive them on special occasions. My mum will be eighty in October, so hopefully I will be up to the challenge of writing her something she will treasure. Now, as each birthday, anniversary and Mother’s/Father’s day comes round I begin to doubt that I can come up with something, but when I ask for guidance, it always comes. 🙂 

Mother's Hand - poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By
With my mum (Doreen) approx. 1963

 

Those Moments I Treasure

With each new day as I awoke
Like a spark I’d remember you were here
A smile would warm my face and heart
Those moments I treasure, so clear

I counted the weeks as they passed by
Your presence I felt growing strong
My joy and excitement thinking of you
Those moments I treasure, my life long

You wriggled and kicked more powerfully each month
My body stretching as it nurtured your growth
Blossoming too was my complete devotion to you
Those moments I treasure, Unconditional Love my oath

Then the moment arrived for us to meet face-to-face
Time stood still with a tangible sense of awe
The miracle of pregnancy and birth is a blessing in life
Those moments I treasure, forever more

Now the years have passed, and you are grown
But my memory of pure Bliss can still bring a tear
When you were first place in my arms
That moment I treasure, most dear

You are: my Joy, my Precious, my Beloved, my Life
I’ve Loved you unconditionally right from the start
Though life separates us, our Love continues and unites
Our moments I treasure, Eternally you are part of my heart

Trina Graves – 10th March 2015


About This Poem

For all the special occasions I often write poems for my parents and put them in home-made cards using photographs of the family, they love this and with each one I do it seems they are more over-joyed. So, just before Mother’s Day in 2015, I sat to write a poem for my mum. However, after praying for guidance this poem was the result!

I was taken back, many years, to the excited feeling as I awoke and suddenly remembered I was pregnant, I loved being pregnant so this was a delight each morning. So, I just had to put that into words and then the rest of the poem followed on.

I gave my two daughters a print of the poem on a photo of me holding them as babies for Mother’s Day, as they are mother’s too.

The next day I did write another poem for my mum!

Trina Graves quote: Now the years have passed and you are grown, but my memory of pure bliss can still bring a tear.. - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
April 1979 – with my firstborn, Julie

 

 

Letter From Your Newborn

Dear Mummy and Daddy,
No matter what happens between us, during my childhood I will love you unconditionally.

You are my guide, my support, my lifetime anchor…
for whatever becomes of me depends on our time together.

From you I will learn what love is. I will learn to be confident or shy, giving or selfish, loving or cruel.
I will learn what is right and wrong, who I should respect and whether I should love and respect myself.

As I come into this world, into your tender care, I am a pure, clean sponge. I will soak up every look, every touch, every thought, every word, every feeling and they will mould me into the person that I will become.

So in the days, weeks, months and years ahead – please remember that – every thought, feeling, word, touch, and look… I will absorb.

If you treat me with love, caring, respect, tolerance, forgiveness and understanding – even when I do things wrong – then I will grow up into a kind, considerate, confident, loving, responsible, happy child and adult.

But if you treat me with intolerance, uncaring, harshness, words of anger and neglect…
I will be… sad.

Trina Graves – 22nd December 1997


About This Poem

This was my first poem, apart from the words I wrote in 1993 (see: About This Blog). I wrote it the day my first grandchild was born on 22nd December 1997. I sat to write some words for the congratulations card to my son and his girlfriend, but instead these words just flowed out. I never gave it to them, but just filed it away! 

Back then I had not heard of the Law Of Attraction, so I was amazed many years later when I pulled it out and found I had been writing about it so long before. Also, in the past few years I have been reading the work of people like scientist Bruce Lipton who now teach that children do indeed absorb everything, with no filters, for the first six years.

Update October 2019
This poem written on the day my first granddaughter (Jessica) was born, almost 22 years ago, now flows with a wonderful synchronicity: Jessica is now at University training to become a midwife! 

Jessica also knows of the Law Of Attraction, and is interested in all things Spiritual! She has a beautiful personality, full of compassion and caring, so I know she will make an amazing midwife one day. 

The cycle of life in a letter!
I received the inspiration and wrote the letter on the day of her birth – the words were very meaningful for both of our lives, and her parents – and now as an adult, she is aiming to be delivering newborns into the world! And I’m sure will be bringing her ‘Light’ to all those whose life she ‘touches.’

Letter From Your Newborn - inspirational poem by Trina Graves of Spiritual Quotes To Live By