MOTHER IS AS MOTHER DOES

MOTHER IS AS MOTHER DOES

 

Sometimes women have babies

and never become mothers,

 

Sometimes women become mothers

and never have babies.

 

The way to tell a mother is by what she is and by what she does.

 

A mother is loving;

She is able to appreciate small steps on a long path.

 

A mother is fulfilled

by the growth of her charges.

 

A mother will not take joy

at the expense of the ones she loves.

 

A mother is soft, sometimes —

like when you need a shoulder.

 

A mother is hard, sometimes —

like when you need a shove.

 

A mother is always with us

as a quiet voice in our mind —

 

When we are happy,

When we are sad,

When we are afraid,

When we are courageous.

When we are uncertain

and need to hear someone we trust,

 

We hear her voice.

 

A mother is never forgotten.

 

 

Copyright 1993 by Les Mower in honor of Peg Seykora, childless mother to so many.