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

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When I was a baby you took me in
Hoping to give me your joy 
Because of what you didn’t get from within
You gave me the best of the material things
But what I needed most was your loving angel wings
I wish we could have been the best of friends
But instead of friends I became a dope fiend head
You was there as best you could be
Couldn’t understand what had such a stronghold over me
In no way I blame you for my messed up past
But after you died my heart became real sad
I remember how you fussed, huffed and would fight
In trying to bring your baby girl back right
You would prayed, you cried asking God why, oh why?
Can’t she see the pain and hurt in my eye?
But you kept your faith and wouldn’t give up
Knowing one day that God would take my dark cup
I lost it the day that you passed
But I thank God I was there at last
Even for only a short minute
I was by your side to give you your final salute
Oh I wish you was still here to see
All the values you had instilled into me
You may be gone and I confess that after you left
Again my life turned out into a big mess
But now things have changed
My life is no longer the same
I pray that you have forgiven me
For all the years I put you through so much misery
You can smile now looking down from heaven
I’m no longer acting like that child age of seven
God is doing great and wonderful things
Giving me peace, hope and joy that life brings
I miss you Mama your wonderful tender touch
I now appreciate the love that you give me so much!

Humbly Submitted Your Daughter:
Patricia Linda Gregory

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.


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  1. Date: 7/13/2010 5:30:00 PM
    sad story, dope is such a waste of lives and time!!

  1. Date: 7/1/2010 9:08:00 PM
    Blessing to you for sharing this heartfelt and inspirational poem with us. Wonderful dedication to your mother. I've got a feeling she is smiling down on you from heaven. Thank you for your kind comment. Keep your pen flowing. Karen