January 15, 2019


For Bobby and  Kim

A smile,

A kind word,

Soon becomes a hug and kiss.

Rain and sun . . .

Love planted by the Mighty Gardener

Grows into such beauty.

Forever comes so quickly

To the one who is left behind.

But no, sweet one!

It lasts for eternity.

Broken hearts become stronger

For being such giving hearts . . .

For ”Giving Hearts”know no limits!

By Martha L Shaw – ©2019








June 23, 2018

The Ballad of Unity

Dedicated to Mother Emanual A.M.E. Church

Charleston SC

When I stand alone

I cannot hear the music

but when instead I hold your hand

the lyrical voices of freedom, hope, love and peace

make my heart soar!

By Martha L Shaw – ©  6–18-2015 Words and Image




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July 30, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mama! Are you celebrating with Nana, Grammy, Grampy, and Daddy? Is my older brother David there too? I miss the fun we had making your birthday special and behaving like kids together, but you are not really gone. You are always with me and are a part of everything that is me . . . especially my heart!



March 15, 2016

Losing you 2 years ago today made my heart drop, but knowing your pain is gone and you rest at His feet helped me heal.  You and He are with me in my heart always.


The Missing You Never Stops . . .

March 8, 2016

. . . but you are part of me, Mom, so I still find joy.

Mom with Nana, great grandma, and me.

me 4 generations

The Wake

The house is in stillness

laying in wait for the chaos

Yet to come.

I sip,

I breathe,

I wait.

I hear you sing.

I feel your gentle embrace.

I know your love.

By Martha L Shaw – © 3-20-14


Thank You All

July 2, 2015

The Newest Angel

January 10, 2015

To Fr Charlie

who lives on in our hearts

angel wings

My day began with clouds

Because I miss you

But when I closed my eyes

There you were in my heart.

I opened my eyes

To discover the sun

Shining a bit more brightly

Than it has before.

I believe it is because

You now reign


By Martha L Shaw – © 1-10-2015

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