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 Selma Cook
I dedicated this poem to my mother, who contributed so much to what I am today, and who also provided many fields for my learning.

 

I first saw light
my eyes blinked and opened
within your womb

In pain and distress
I entered life

You touched death
when I took my first breath

So small
I could lie, squirming and stretching
upon your gentle hand

Through tiredness and concern
I grew and learned

I found safety on your lap
a love that never fades

In later years I stood
and challenged you
rejecting your authority

But I returned.
where else to go
but to the one who knows me so well

Here I am again
a mother now
and you are gone

Your memory shines in my mind
I speak to mind
as you did to me

Arms outstretched
to collect broken fallen life
a haven
eagerly awaited

A lap, on which to rest
as I found comfort in you

Now I close my eyes
and feel your loving arms
hold me tight

Every word, kiss and kindness
is never lost
it shines in my being
and reflects onto mine.


It is not usually until we grow up and have children of our own that we truly appreciate the love and nurturing we received at the hands of our mothers. With all this in mind, i have dedicated this poem to my mum who contributed so much to what I am today, and who also provided many fields for my learning. Even though I am now grown with children of my own, she cares about me and offers me a love that has no conditions.

"Mum, you are so far away from me, yet in my heart, you are always near."

Poetry