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Queen of my Heart Part 1

The queen of my heart lies here in state today, and my heart throbs,
Breaking like the darkness of any day, when she rose from her bed
And through rain and cold found her way in peasant haste and garbs
To scrub the pots, the clothes, the floor so her castle was fed.
I cannot regret her life, nor the hard gales of familiar poverty
It was her choice. My mother, Esther Jackson, in her simple life
The mold that makes great women virtuous, and wore the purple silk
Only few could see. She taught us them, nay, made us hard for strife:

This merchant ship that brought home bread, drank tea without milk
That we could form the fool in school; her hands were not afraid 
To work and we learnt the royal value of industry, and took pride
Like her in doing simple things well. Against our selfishness she laid
The whipping of her tongue, and kept the best things she had inside
For strangers she expect to come. She wasted no oil, and used liberally
The rod of correction, pleading in our ears the cause of the poor
So that even a Balias, unwashed, unloved, found favor at her door.  
When she told us to blow out that "Home Sweet Home" lamp, surely
You know she was saving oil, that she may have something to give away
And we may learn a person is never too poor to give, for bounty
Is not from the hands, it is from the heart. I loved this woman, the way
She prayed, calling each name and action to God, praising him happily,
And full of thanksgiving for each pound of flour and codfish she
Was able to cook at dead of night. You cannot measure her industry,
Tilling the soil, or raising hens and children, you do know her here
Whose fingers fumbled through arthritis to sew her children clothes
Who stood like a man, machete in hand, to fight the one who would dare
Disrespect her gate or threatened violence, the thorn upon the rose
Command respect, and her beauty a fragrance we can still smell today.
Our lamp never went out, our clothes had no holes if we cared

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  1. Date: 5/23/2009 11:33:00 PM
    L'nass, congrats on your feature...Raul

  1. Date: 5/23/2009 4:24:00 PM
    Congratulations on this wonderful write being featured. You can feel the love threaded through your words. What a beautiful tribute. God Bless, L'nass. Vince

  1. Date: 5/23/2009 7:47:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured, James

  1. Date: 5/22/2009 1:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. Keep writing, Love and Hugs, Dane

  1. Date: 5/19/2009 12:31:00 PM
    Congrats to you, L'nass, on your feature poem this week, well done! Rgds, E

  1. Date: 5/19/2009 11:17:00 AM
    super great feature my friend God bless you from diane

  1. Date: 5/18/2009 1:30:00 PM
    this made me cry my dear friend,what a mother,a well deseved tribute to her,and a great applaude for being featured,this goes to my favs---charma

  1. Date: 5/18/2009 10:52:00 AM
    This powerful history, tells me so much about the strengh, the endurance of this hard working, no-nonsence woman, whose example demanded respect, and yet, whom even the reader can see the mother's love in all her efforts. What a wonderful poem...and so glad I caught it here in this featured section. Your poems, my friend, so deserve to be read and reread again and again. Love, Carrie.....PS...sending a quick soup mail!

  1. Date: 5/18/2009 6:22:00 AM
    Congratulations L'nass on your wonderful poetry being featured this week! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 5/18/2009 5:43:00 AM
    L'nass,..awesome reflections,..our mothers are pearls in their own right,..I love this ! Congrats on being featured this week ! james

  1. Date: 5/18/2009 3:19:00 AM
    Congratulations on being featured this week. Best wishes.

  1. Date: 5/18/2009 12:45:00 AM
    Sad but wonderful tribute Anyway, congratulations on this featured beautiful poetry. Ernilando

  1. Date: 5/17/2009 11:50:00 PM
    Congrats on your feature this L'nass Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 5/17/2009 5:07:00 PM
    What a wonderful tribute to your mother. It's love not wealth that is important as you so aptly convey. Congratulations on having your poem featured. Wishing you continued success with your writing. Blessings to you. Karen