For My Mother


My mother kept a garden, 
A garden of the heart. 
She planted all the good things 
That gave my life its start. 

She turned me to the sunshine 
And encouraged me to dream. 
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem... 

And when the winds and rain came, 
She protected me enough - - 
But not too much - - 
She knew I'd need to stand up strong and tough. 

Her constant good example 
Always taught me right from wrong - - 
Markers for my pathway 
That will last a lifetime long.

I am my mother's garden. 
I am her legacy - - 
And I hope today she feels the love 
Reflected back from me. 

- Unknown - 

I love you and miss you, Mom!

08/29/23 - 05/21/12