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The Matriarch

I remember Mama… Always cooking, Always sweeping, Always washing dishes, Always cleaning the laundry, Always helping with homework, Always counseling, and Always pregnant! She taught us how to work When she bought a sack of nails And showed us how to drive them straight. She made us pull the bent nails And straighten them So we didn’t waste a one. We drove the sack that day And had a lot of fun. Mama taught us discipline And patience As well as dedication And love. She expected nothing in return. Her fortune Was our love, when we were young. Now years have past And Dad is gone, He leaves five men to carry on: “Stand tall, stride long and Dance to no one else’s song.” Mom, the Matriarch left alone, Rules a vacant, empty home. She waits to teach one final lesson And all the while remembers… When We Were Young.
This is an excerpt from "When We Were Young"with a new title for the "Mother" Contest.

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  1. Date: 5/21/2010 5:27:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Ray in the contest "Mother" sponsored by A Rambling Poet. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 5:25:00 PM
    Congratulations Ray on your most worthy poem's success in the competition. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 5/8/2010 9:07:00 PM
    Congrats Ray on your winning poem in the Mother contest ...with this "beauty" .. a wonderful win to enjoy ..luv.. Linda-Marie

  1. Date: 5/5/2010 4:55:00 PM
    beautiful Ray. wonderful poem. very touching-Robert

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 6:20:00 PM
    It is nice to read that mothers can be recognized and valued for all their many contributions to the making of a man....well done Ray...Margaret

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 2:42:00 PM
    So beautiful Ray.. good luck with your contest.. your setup is key for this one too and u have done it so very well.. my entry is Memories of Maria .. the inspiration of this contest caused me to write several poems about my MOM .. but the one I entered required a special setup also.. would appreciate your critique'... thankxxx for your kind comments on my poetry and yur many congrats too.. with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 5/2/2010 9:07:00 PM
    good luck in the contest, nice dedication,..p.d.

  1. Date: 5/2/2010 7:58:00 PM
    Great tribute to your Mother and/or all Mothers who made they children proud. I did find the last line in the first stanza, 'always pregnant,' kinda funny though. They sure always were pregnant back in the day, weren't they! Chris.