(author’s note: this is from the heart, no re-write, no forced poetry, it is my thoughts and heart from mind to paper. Don’t expect it to rhyme or have a set rhythm except the one in my heart today.)
With painful effort you pushed me out
Then clutched me to your breast.
That beating heart that’d sung to me
I felt against my face
It’s rhythm now confessed your love
A comfort in this bright new place.
I learned to crawl and walk with you
Your steady hands held waiting
The smile and laugh that came from you
Encouraged me in making
My way across the floor
Swept up in angel arms I’d rise
Into your glad embrace
I learned the world and the dangers there
Held hands with you in a busy place
Learned NO! at a startling pace
I burned my hand, I scraped my knee
I fell out of a tree
And you were there to pick me up
and soothe and comfort me.
I went to school with other lads,
and learned my ABCs
at home you would read to me
and teach me on your knee
As time went on I moved away, and spent less time at home
But there you were just out of sight
Watching over me.
The years went by and I confused your fear
with stifling and rage
I rebelled against your wise advice
I climbed back up the tree.
I grew to big to be swept up, but still the times would come
That I would tumble from above and
be embraced in your arms of love
I met a girl who seemed to be the one true love for me
Many years would pass before, I would come to see
Your love, your manners, your very soul
Reflected in this she
You passed away before your time
I still needed you,
but in my heart you had left your mark
And still you were with me.
for 25 years I’ve missed out fights, our debates and arguments
For 25 years I’ve tried to be, the son you wanted in me
For 25 years I’ve missed your touch, your comfort and your grace
For 25 years I’ve missed the most, your laughter and your face
So once again on this fine day
I think of all the mothers,
My wife, my daughter and all the rest
Who now do take your place
I see them with their children now
and I can see your face.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom.
J.Daniel O’Neail May 12/2017