Remembering my mother Bettina Moore, and a poem
- Bettina Moore, my mother, died in a psychiatric unit on 15 December 1984, three days before her 65th birthday.As I say on www.mentalmagazine.co.uk the website went online on 18 December 2000 as a tribute to my mother, to whom the site is dedicated.The site is still being developed and as yet there is no "page" set up for my mother, where I want to tell her story and publish some of her poems and stories.My mother loved to enjoy herself and particularly liked the Opera. She had ambition as a writer and wrote well but did not achieve the fame she wanted. I'm sure she would be glad, even posthumously, to have that fame. I also know that she would be very happy to know she was being remembered and that her story would be helping other people.Many of my mother's poems were upbeat and witty, but the the gloomy side of her personality often came to the fore after she had a breakdown in 1980, and she was in and out of mental units until her death in 1984. My favourite, and the one that was read at her funeral, is this -IRREFUTABLE TRUTHLife will go onWhen I am goneLaid coldlyIn the ground.Depression's deepI cannot plumbThe depthof my despairTho' all's set fairMy life blood'sOn the waneMy youthCan never comeAgain.Whatever joyOr painSuccessOr gainCome nowI can't transcendThe sorrowAfter chances missedOf pain evokedOf kindnessLeft undoneWhen I was young.Pray GodWhen I pass onIt's notThe endOf me.Bettina Moore, circa 1982posted by Rosemary"Campaigning for good health & social care...it's for everyone"