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Below is the poem entitled Mother which was written by poet Ryland Matthews. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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You are my rock, my foundation.
That solid place where I stand.

You are my anchor of hope that I cling
To in my world of shifting sand.

Entrenched in this war that I call my life
Where my mind is not my own.

You brought order to this chaos inside of me 
Where once a nightmare had grown.

Mother is her name, a sacred thing that we take for granted
Every single day.
Mother is her name, no matter the cost or sacrifice
For her children she will pay.

She’s seen loss and she’s seen sorrow
But this is her only care.

To lessen the burden that’s placed on her children
To take the cross they bare.

Mother of one, mother of billions
She feels the pain of every tear.

With the brush of her hand and a smile
She sets aside all of my fear.

I thank you for being that person you are,
That guiding light to me.

No one else has your place in my heart, 
you’re the beacon on the shore I see.

I open my eyes on a new day, and finally know 
Where I belong.

It’s just another blessing you’ve given me
As you taught me right from wrong

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  1. Date: 11/28/2010 6:50:00 PM
    She sounds like the epitome of true motherhood virtues. I bet she was veryhappy to see this poem from you! LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 8:17:00 AM
    Dear Ryland, I Love reading POEMS about the Family, Especially Mothers One can see the LOVE and Respect YOU have for YOUR MOM A Superb POETIC Masterpiece Keep the Golden Pen Flowing YOUR Liege, ALWAYS...HG - SOUP MAIL CALL

  1. Date: 11/19/2010 2:23:00 PM
    Dear Ryland, This is beyond beautiful! Congratulations on it being featured this week on Soup!! Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 11/15/2010 11:01:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Ryland. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/14/2010 2:31:00 PM
    Congrats Ryland on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a special piece to share with us all my friend.. with luv this happy Sunday...

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 8:02:00 PM
    Your message here is full of honor to our great mother, you have exactly expressed the feelings of all sons and daughters that sometimes forgotten to tell it to their mother until its too late to let them know how they are loved, you should enter this to a contest. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. (^_^) Noel.

  1. Date: 10/28/2010 8:50:00 PM
    Beautiful tribute. Welcome to the soup. We are truly blessed when we have moms who care. Vince

  1. Date: 9/9/2010 2:05:00 PM
    Mother the best concept in the whole world,.enjoyed your couplets. have a nice day..LeeAnn

  1. Date: 9/8/2010 5:36:00 AM
    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup Ryland. Wishing you the best in your writing endeavors. You can look to the left side of the main page and find lots of information on PoetrySoup including contests by members of PoetrySoup and contests by the PoetrySoup site also which you may enter.If you have questions please feel free to ask anyone here. We are all willing to help and if we don't know the answer we will find someone who does. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 2:29:00 PM
    Welcome, I enjoyed very much reading your poem, and I invite you to enter my contest, A Fragmented Dream~~ just click on contests, find the contest, and read the instructions~~ if you have questions, please contact me.. Constance

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 7:54:00 AM
    Welcome to Poetry Soup.. a very touching and moving poem.. soup site offers many contests.. check them out and enter.. and good luck.. a very creative write and enjoyable Couplet form..