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A Real Mother

She felt it on her shoulders
When her husband lost his sight
Many school fees to pay 
Much food to feed children
She was just an apprentice nurse 
Working at the government hospital
In Harper city, Maryland county

She woke up very early
Daily walk to her place of work
She retire at night in her small shop
She makes sure her children studied 
But her tears were invisible

She couldn’t afford receiving her salary
The storms of school fees and book swallow it
She work all through her years
Preparing her children for brighter future

The dark hand of civil war surface
When parents ran without their children
Children without their parents
Husbands without their wives 
And wives without their husband
But she kept her family

In the midst of terror and tension
When human bodies, human skull,
Human bones lied along the roadside
She escapes with her husband into exile
She is a real mother
Who kept her vow deep within her heart
As a treasure that couldn’t be stolen

Copyright © Olivia Nimley

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