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Poem for Mom

     May 13 was Mother’s Day and I forgot to include something for Mom earlier, so here is something. My friend Jeff Hamilton reported, "I am reading a reprint of an old book, Ideals and Moral Lessons from Actual Occurrences, by A. L. Byers, published in 1919. There are numerous good stories and poems within, but the one below I especially liked. I’ll probably copy some of the others to the list from time to time.

Mother Knows

Nobody knows of the work it makes

To keep the house together,

Nobody knows of the steps it takes —

Nobody knows but mother.

Nobody listens to childish woes,

Which kisses only smother;

Nobody’s pained by the naughty blows —

Nobody, only mother.

Nobody knows of the sleepless care

Bestowed on baby brother,

Nobody knows of the tender prayer —

Nobody knows but mother.

Nobody knows of lessons taught

Of loving one another,

Nobody knows of the patience sought —

Nobody, only mother.

Nobody knows the anxious fears

Lest darlings may not weather

Storms of life in coming years —

Nobody knows but mother.

Nobody knows of the tears that start,

The grief she gladly smothers;

Nobody knows of the breaking heart —

Nobody, only mother.

Nobody clings to the wayward child,

Though scorned by every other,

Leads it so gently from pathways wild —

Nobody can but mother.

Nobody knows of the hourly prayer

For him, our erring brother,

Pride of her heart, so pure and fair —

Nobody, only mother.

[Author Unknown]

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