Poem for Mother

In the silence of their hearts,

You are remembered night and day,

By your children near and far away.

Today is your special day,

And so we are sending you our love

And greetings of a blessed Happy Birthday!

We know you don’t ask for anything more than just the words, “Happy Birthday!”

This time, here’s a simple poem for you on your birthday!

I remember those days back 

When we were young,

Mother, you were a strong 

And hardworking woman.

You were one of the first nurses in town,

You were a school nurse,

A teacher and a good mathematician.

You knew no rest, you worked

From sun up to sun down.

On weekends, we drag ourselves to the farm.

All work and no play, until the sun goes down.

One day I peeked out the window,

I was irate of what I saw.

Mother, you had the spade in your hand,

You created a garden out of our small playground.

Outside the house we found no more fun,

It was no different than the farm.

To step outside meant work,

So we had rather stay inside and read books.

And for fun? We scrubbed the floors until they shined!

Growing up as kids was not the best,

But those vicissitudes in life drove us to become our best.

As we grew older we have realized,

That all the hard work we did, sustained our lives.

You are not an exception

To the imperfections of a mother,

In truth, we see those imperfections in ourselves as mothers and fathers, too.

We are grateful to have a mother like you!

Who would have thought you’d have raised a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, a nurse, an engineer and a farmer who knows no rest just like you?

Look at you mother amidst the pine trees,

Do you see them dancing with grace ?

Do you smell the fresh pine scent wafted by the breeze?

Do you feel the warmth of those sun rays?

Look above the mountain,

Do you see that happy face?

The happy face of your beloved that symbolizes

No pain and eternal peace?

His spirit lives in eternity,

He walks with you infinitely.

His spirit lives in that walking cane in your hand,

That keeps you stand steadily on the ground.

Remember to bring it with you all the time,

It will keep you safe all day,

As you continue to walk on the paths of life early in the morning until the end of the day.

Again, from all of us,

Happy 84th birthday on this 17th day of February, 2020!