The Heart of My Mother

Updated on October 19, 2018
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Paul is an Engineer. A graduate from a Catholic University. A rebel and a romantic...

She is sitting on a chair
Looking at me with a blank stare.
When she was young she was so fair,
Now she can’t even comb her hair,
Her mind fading away like air.

Through her I was born in this world.
She taught me how to read, write, and pray;
Growing up, she was my backbone;
She celebrated my milestones;
With her care, courage was unfurled.
But now to time she is a prey.

I thought she was invincible
But life is unpredictable;
Each year she is wilting away.
And each time I think of goodbye,
It feels like the end of the world.
I dread to hear her final sigh.
That day all courage will be furled.

How many prayers must I pray?
For you, My God, to make her stay…

© 2018 Paul Balagtas

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      Paul Balagtas 

      2 weeks ago from Philippines

      It is heartbreaking Ms. Joan but we just have to accept the fact that our earthly bodies will fail and just focus on the truth that in heaven we will have new bodies that will never fail...

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      joan rivera 

      2 weeks ago

      heart breaking.......so hard.

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      hasmukh A mehta 

      3 weeks ago

      Even God preferred her womb for birth

      and adored her till the death

      such was her position

      in the matter of human relation

      she is an embodiment of real love

      we too have believed

      and loved her so much

      she is admired as such

      she must be looked after well

      when her age suffers to tell

      about the old age effect

      we must come into act

      we owe our existence

      and show our allegiance

      she should remain happy

      and peacefully end the journey

      We have no words to praise

      But we can raise

      Her status to that of God

      So we can ever remain in her fold

      Hasmukh Anathalal Mehta

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      PoetikalyAnointed 

      4 weeks ago from US

      Amen to that.

      Peace, Grace and Mercy is everything!

    • Paul Balagtas profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Balagtas 

      4 weeks ago from Philippines

      Hi PoetikalyAnointed! In the early years I have been making prayers that force God to heal my mother....Now...though it still hurts....I have accepted that it is part of his plan....So now I pray for peace and joy despite this...

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      PoetikalyAnointed 

      4 weeks ago from US

      Oh Lord, Bless your heart, Paul!

      Your loving words of your mom broke my heart! I'm sorry for your family and I pray that God will bring strength, peace and mercy to you all.

      It's never easy to see a loved one like this. I've experienced this to some degree and it does break your heart.

      I hope writing about this helps you deal just a little bit.

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      Paul Balagtas 

      5 weeks ago from Philippines

      Yes it is....I actually left our home for a job in 2014 and I finally returned home this year she cannot remember me anymore....Wrote the poem during her birthday this year....

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 weeks ago from Texas

      So hard to watch someone forget people they love. Your poem is a testiment to the pain.

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