For Ada – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Hospitality – RDP Friday



For Ada, who we laid to rest today after a wonderful life lived for others, a friend who was more a true mother to ours and other families who were ever welcome in her home.


For Ada

No matter who came,
or how,
your door was always open,
nothing and no one was ever too difficult for you.
There was always a welcoming smile with a hug,
and a bottomless pot of tea,
a generous listening without solutions,
a love all embracing,
no judgement or guile lurked there.
You were stardust, magic, gift,
a welcoming warmth,
as mother to all,
you held us in your compassionate embrace,
while your life taught us unconditional love,
and gratitude for all that lives;
in you we have been truly blessed.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under community, Elegy, Free Verse, life, poem, relationship

59 responses to “For Ada – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss, what a wonderful human. Sending big virtual hugs to get you though the day celebrating her life.

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  2. Sorry for your loss. Your words paint a loving picture of your friend.

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  3. Sorry for your loss. You wrote a touching tribute, sounds like she was a beautiful and generous person.

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  4. This poem is such a marvelous way to keep her life force strong and to allow all of us to experience her. Very powerful and a gift of love.

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  5. That is a wonderful tribute to a life well-lived.

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  6. A blessing indeed. My condolences.

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  7. Ada exemplified the best in human nature. You and others were blessed to have
    her in your lives.

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  9. brought tears knowing how much you needed that loving unconditional motherly support … you will all miss her terribly but maybe you the most …

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  10. lync56

    Thank you for putting this into words for us – so hard to put into words just how much she meant to us all.


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  11. I’m so sorry for your loss Paul. Your poem is a beautiful ode to her. May her soul rest in peace.

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  12. Such a heartwarming portrait of a wonderful person. May her soul rest in peace and may you have the fortitude to bear this loss, Paul. Hugs.

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  13. Saddened to hear of your significant loss, Paul. May the love she gave, comfort you.

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  14. A beautiful tribute to a lovely person. I’m sorry for your loss


  15. such a touching tribute Paul, she sounds so warm and welcoming like her bottomless pot of tea. am so sorry for your loss.

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  16. Oh, Paul!!! This was such a heartfelt and moving tribute! You create such a sense of loss that we didn’t get to know her for real. Thanks for providing us the opportunity to do it through your words! Awesome tribute, My Friend!

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  17. Beautiful tribute, Paul. Putting your feelings into words make her memory even more cherishable. Stay strong.

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  18. enjoyed the thoughtful caring work. If you have time do visit my poem Here

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  19. You’ve brought her spirit of magical hospitality to inspire us. May she find eternal love with her Maker.

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