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A Poem of Gratitude to My Mother

The mother has an important role in shaping the character of her child.Parents are role models for children and need to practice good values

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A child's first teacher is his or her mother. She has the responsibility to instill good values like empathy, kindness, honesty, tolerance, and love in her child. Studies show that children who grow in a loving and affectionate atmosphere grow up to be happy, healthy, and successful. Along with love and affection, the mother needs to teach the values like punctuality and discipline to the child.

This poem is for my mother. She is a lady of immense grit and courage. At a time when there were lesser opportunities compared to now, without anyone’s help, she brought up three children by herself. Struggling between work and family, she nurtured and inculcated good values in her children.

Today when I face difficult situations in life, I think only of the strength it took my mother to overcome the hurdles of bringing up three young children single handedly that too against the norm for a mother to work at that time. She worked bravely and with patience and determination. My mother gives me the inspiration to do much more with my own life.

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What Inspired me to Write this Poem

True it is not Mother’s Day yet. But I feel we need to remember our mothers every day, not just on Mother’s Day. It all started like this. It was my birthday and two remote relatives who ordinarily never cared a hoot about my existence, called me to wish me. I was taken by surprise. How was this possible? Had the sun risen on the wrong side today, I thought. In the course of the conversation, they asked how my mother was which was another great surprise. Because there was not much connection in that direction. It got me thinking.

How often do we think about our mothers who live their lives for their children and grandchildren giving them unconditional love and affection? Once we get caught in the web of the daily grind, we find it difficult to keep in touch with them as often as we would like to. So, I decided to pen my thoughts about my mother and pour my heart out through print which I could not do in person. It is also to convey to those concerned relatives, how much I care for my mother and will go to any length to help and protect her during her twilight years.

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You showered us with Love,

You nurtured us with care.

Gave us the Best things in Life,

And made life good in every way.


You understood everything,

Even when we did not say.

Mother, you are my favorite person,

And my best friend any day.

What are gifts compared to the gift of life

That you have given me mother,

Just being your daughter, I feel so blessed.

How can I ever repay this debt?


I can only thank you for all the favors

Our gifts pale in comparison to yours

You continue to inspire, advise and guide us

And show us the way.

We learned from you never to give up hope,

You always believed, where there is a will there is a way.

You are the best example of resilience and courage,

You fought all odds to give us the best.

And proved time and again

The sincerity of a mother’s love.


I have seen miracles happen

When you shed tears of pain

Even God was moved

For a heart and soul so pure.


You always lived for others,

Did good to others,

How can anyone getaway?

Even thinking of hurting you ever.

Because as Karma says

The evil you do remains with you

The good you do comes back to you.


My childhood memories are reminiscent

of your soft voice and smiling face

You were my truest friend in my growing years

I confided everything in you and got solace.

You are so kind and generous

And care so much for others.

You taught us to love nature the way you do,

We enjoyed the time spent gardening with you.

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We planted the shoots and saw them grow

And danced with joy when the roses bloomed.

You are my greatest inspiration, my greatest strength

My sincere gratitude to you I can never express in words


I fold my hands in gratitude for your unconditional love

You are more to me than the god above.

I have in me this courage and optimism that I got from you

Motivating me after every disaster to start life anew.

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Forgive me if I disappointed you

I did my best and every day I grew

Hope the day dawns when you will be proud of me.

No matter how old I get, I will always need you mom,

To reinforce my strength and keep me calm.

My dream is to be as good a mother

to my children as you have been to me.

And see you smile when people say

She got it from her mom.

Brandi Carlile -The Mother (Official Video)

Gratitude

© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR

Comments

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on January 28, 2021:

Thanks, Chatra ram for the visit and comments. Yes, every mother is special and great. The love that a mother gives to her children can never be matched.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on January 28, 2021:

Thanks, Manatita. Appreciate your visit and comments. I love your poems and never miss reading them. I have a lot to learn from you all.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on January 28, 2021:

Yes, Ann, grandchildren can change our lives so much. Just being with them makes us so happy and as you said young at heart.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on January 28, 2021:

Thanks, Pamela for the visit and kind comments. It is true that love for the family surpasses everything else. Just having your children and grandchildren around you can give you so much happiness. Now I know how my mother must have felt when I had my baby. She used to travel 35 miles just to see my daughter.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on January 28, 2021:

Thanks, Flourish, I appreciate your visit and comments. Yes, my mother is a special person. After my father passed away, she has been both mother and father to us and given us so much love and care. Now she showers all her love on her grandchildren. It's what mothers are made of I guess. They are always there for us when we need them the most. It is very good that your mother was with you when you had your baby. We need a mother's help most during these times.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 27, 2021:

This is beautiful and shows how much you truly treasure your dear mother. I moved back home from sever hours away to be near my mother once I had my child 20+ years ago and we live a mile apart. I am very thankful for her.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on January 27, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for the visit. Appreciate the comments. I am new to poetry writing Brenda. I just poured my heart out , trying to express my gratitude to my mother and in the process I enjoyed writing it too. I love your poems and never miss reading them.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 27, 2021:

What a beautiful inspiration & tribute to your mother.

It also reminds us to be grateful for our own mothers.

I love the part about even God being moved.

This ia a wonderful, heartfelt poem.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on January 27, 2021:

Thanks John, for the visit and kind comments. Yes when my father passed away, we were very young and my mother struggled a lot to bring us up. I can never forget her sufferings and admire her a lot for her courage and determination. Today whatever I am is because of her, so I thought of gifting her with a Poem of Gratitude.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 27, 2021:

A beautiful tribute to your mother, Vidya. We can never show our mothers too much gratitude for all they did to bring us up and guide us. Single mothers especially deserve praise. Thank you for sharing.

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on January 27, 2021:

My Mother is the greatest lady.

Nice!

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manatita44 from london on January 27, 2021:

A beautiful poem and tribute to your mom. Sweet!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 27, 2021:

This is a beautiful poem about your mother, Vidya. I loved reading it. My mother passed away almost two years ago, but I still think of her each and every day.

My best memories are those of time spent with my children and my grandchildren. Love for the family is so special.

Thank you so much for this heartfelt poetry.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 27, 2021:

Yes, I love being a grandma to 6 gorgeous children, aged from 20 to 2! They keep me young at heart.

Keep safe and well.

Ann

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on January 27, 2021:

Thanks Ann for the visit and nice comments. I am very sorry for your loss, but it is wonderful that you had such nice parents and a great childhood experience. We can never forget them and their love. We always try our best to be good parents but love being grand parents more. God bless, take care.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 27, 2021:

Sadly, my mother is no longer alive. She was a gentle, kind soul with lots of humour, often giggling and always good to others.

You're right that we should appreciate them every day. I often think of mine and I've written a few tributes to her here on HP. Both my parents were kind and lots of fun, so I was lucky to have a wonderful childhood. I know I disappointed them sometimes but they always forgave; such are good parents.

Your poem is beautiful and pinpoints the qualities of a good mother. I'm not sure that I've been a good one, but I know my two daughters are good mothers and their children love them.

Good to read such an uplifting poem today.

Ann

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