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Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8, 2011

In honor of our mothers…

 

Before I Was Myself, You Made Me, Me

Before I was myself you made me, me
With love and patience, discipline and tears,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,
Allowing me to sail upon my sea,
 Though well within the
headlands of your fears. 
Before I was myself you made me, me

With dreams enough of what I was to be
And hopes that would be
sculpted by the years,
 Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,

Relinquishing your powers gradually
To let me shape myself
among my peers.
 Before I was myself you made me, me,

And being good and wise, you gracefully
 As dancers when the last
sweet cadence nears  Bit by bit stepped back to set me free.

For love inspires learning naturally:
The mind assents to what
the heart reveres.
 And so it was through love you made me, me
By slowly stepping back to set me free.

Nicholas Gordon

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Judy W Bell

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