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MY HERO, MY MOTHER

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MY HERO, MY MOTHER

I awake screaming
I wailed and wailed
Then she came to me
She picked me up
Held me close
“What has gone wrong?”
Something bit me, I said
She kissed my forehead
Then fanned my bedside
Like she understood
Put me down to sleep
I was only two months old
And she was there for me

I fell and skinned my knee
I cried my small eyes out
Still she came to me
She picked me up
Held me close
“What has gone wrong?”
I skinned my knee, I said
She kissed my head
Cleaned up my knee
Gave me ice cream
I was twelve years old
Still she was there for me

It was two days out
I was too angry for words
Throwing fits everywhere
Yet she came to me
She picked me up
Held me close
“What has gone wrong?”
Joe is too annoying
I can’t marry him again
She kissed my forehead
And said yes you can 
She was right, at twenty two
Yet she was there for me

I was on the floor rolling
Pain squeezed my heart dry
Again she came to me
She picked me up
Held me close
“What has gone wrong?”
I had a miscarriage, I said
Tears slid down my cheeks
She kissed my forehead 
The next one will stay, she said
And she was right
Again at thirty two
She was there for me

No o o o o o I shouted
This is not happening
Quickly she came to me
She picked me up
Held me close
“What has gone wrong?”
My husband is dead, I said
Tears slid down my cheeks
She kissed my forehead
And whispered softly
All will be well, she said
At forty two, she was there for me

My children are grown
I have advanced in age
My fears and pains
I have conquered them all 
Never alone, thankful for help
Now here she lay
Taking her final rest
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
I miss her already
Why did she have to go?
Through my sixty two years
She was always there
MY HERO, MY MOTHER

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