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Requiem to my Mother – Miriam Felicia Lindberg Memorial Peace Foundation

DEDICATION: TO MY MENTOR AND MAINSTAY Felicia Stendig, dead, Bergen-Belsen, May 2nd, 1945

I seek you in the shadowed valley of pain

the sockets of my sorrow hollowed eyes

telescoped through the thicket

of the dark, where tears guard silence;

spiky stalactites of salt solidified,

in prismic facets of the void

which took you to its own

dissolved the contour and the form

I knew by love.


Maybe you found peace there

and I disturb you and alarm,

selfish with the longing of a child

call you, see you as you were, stately,


young, copper-haired, your hands so white –

that in relief, the blue of veins

like trees on silk – warm, smooth,

remembered on my cheek.


No hand, as yours, could soothe in terror’s hour.


Pining for its touch on my burning head

I clutch the pillar of your wisdom.

And it stays.

Gustawa Stendig-Lindberg

Gustawa Stendig-Lindberg (1926 – 2008) was a renowned physician, scientist, pain specialist, expert in rehabilitation & physical medicine, psychiatrist and poet. She was a fellow of the Swedish Society of Medicine, the Royal Society of Medicine, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Rehabilitation & Physical Medicine, the Irish, British, Israeli & Swedish Medical Associations, the International Symposia on Magnesium, and the Israeli Society for Magnesium Research in Biology and Medicine.


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