2017-2018 Lanier High Personal

Remembering Mama: “A Dandelion for My Mother”–Poetry as Solace

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Four years ago today, I lost my beloved mother to stage four pancreatic cancer.  She was my best friend, my confidant, my cheerleader, and my heroine.  As always, I find poetry a source of solace, and today I discovered one of the most gorgeous poems I’ve ever read that is fitting for today as I reflect on our love, our times together, and the void her passing has left in my life.  “A Dandelion for My Mother” is written by Jean Nordhaus, mother of one of my favorite nonfiction writers, Hannah Nordhaus.  I hope you will take time to read the words in this poignant and incredibly beautiful poem.



  1. What wonderful photos of your mom and you. And thank you for the poem. It made me think about my 8-year-old son and how he brings me dandelions after playing outside and the excitement of finding those “domes of ghost stars.” I think, for now on, I won’t be in such a hurry to dig those dandelions out of my yard.


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