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My Ode to Mothers Everywhere

Updated on October 31, 2015
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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Ode to Mother

by John Hansen © 1992


Here's a wish that's just for you,

It's from the mob that stick like glue.


We know that sometimes we're a pain,

And almost cause a ruptured brain.


We know that when we're worse than bad,

It's very likely you'll get mad.


We know that we expect too much,

And think that you're a nice soft touch.


We know that when we nag and moan,

It grates your nerves and racks your bones.


We know that when we fight and tease,

You'll say politely, "Stop that please!"


We know we make life hard to bear,

And make you wish you were elsewhere.


But despite all this, Dear Mum and Wife,

We love you heaps, 'cause you're our life.

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I Send To You This Mother's Day...

by John Hansen © 2014


I'd like to thank you Mother

For a life of love and care,

For unconditional support,

And always being there.


I know I wasn't perfect,

And not always around,

But my love was always strong and true

And I wouldn't let you down.


It's nine years since you left this Earth,

The breath escaped your lungs.

We held your hand and said "goodbye",

To me you were still young.


Now you are back with Dad once more,

Somewhere among the stars,

And I still quietly shed a tear,

It helps to heal the scars.


I know that you are looking down

From Heaven up above.

I send to you, this Mother's Day,

My everlasting love.



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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      John this is so very beautiful your words touched my heart. The video made me cry for all the animals who are killed needlessly. My mother is gone too. God bless you and family..

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Ruby, your kind comment is greatly appreciated. God bless you and yours too.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mom is both long gone and still in my heart, thank you for such a wonderful prose. Voted up and across the board.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Eric, no need to thank me, it was my pleasure to dedicate this hub to mothers. Thanks for the vote up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A very nice tribute to mothers everywhere. Where would we be without them, eh? Absolutely nowhere, that's where. :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh so true Bill......thanks for reading.. :)

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That was really touching Jodah. I thought it was beautiful for tomorrow. I voted it up, all except funny, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Kevin...much appreciated.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Jodah, your words are as beautiful as the video your included in this post. Moms are special people. Thank you for recognizing and honoring all the moms of the world.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Beautiful tribute to our dear mothers and to our memories of them. For me it has been 35 years, still, I am my mother's daughter. Thank you Jodah. Blessings. Theresa

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Shauna, they deserve to be acknowledged for their hard work and their unconditional love. thanks for your kind words.

      Thank you Theresa for reading and your kind comment too. Blessings.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for that beautiful poem for mothers day. Wow you are very good! I wonder why some people are great poets and others , like me I do not even know how to begin. Voted UP!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Truly beautiful Ode here to mothers. I am blessed beyond measure to have had the sweetest mother on the plant, in my eyes, for 84 before she went home to be with the Lord around Christmas of 2012. Thank you for thinking of all mothers here. The video is heartrending.

      Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing

      God bless you and your wife this Mother's Day and always

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Jodah, this is just so beautiful, your poems are great. The video images are so precious and the song so pretty. Wonderful hub. And such a touching, lovely poem to your mother. Thank you for this tribute to mothers.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Aw shucks! thanks Nadine you are too kind. I think I can write n verse easier than speak...lol. Thanks for the kind comment and vote up.

      Hey Faith, thanks for reading, pinning and tweeting etc. Happy Mother's Day to you also.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for once again reading another of my hubs Phyllis. So glad you enjoyed these poems as well as the video. Have a great Mother's Day.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Jodah, this was a beautiful tribute to mother's everywhere. I lost my mother over twenty years ago mother's day makes me sad but your tribute put a smile on my face.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Thanks, Jodah. Your second poem made me shed some tears of happy memories for my own mother, she left us in 2007 and is now with my father and eldest brother -- so your poem really touched my heart. And, since you are one of my favorite writers, I love to read your hubs. You have a heart of gold.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      What a beautiful tribute; as a daughter I nod my head, as a mother I am humbled. Happy Mother's Day!

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      I agree, beautiful tribute and remembrance of your mother and all mothers. After many years I still miss mine. Just about to celebrate the today with my family. Cheers.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is a most beautiful tribute to Mothers everywhere. They sacrifice so much on our behalf. The video is just so touching. I'm sharing it with others along with your heart-felt poetry. I am both proud and privileged to be a "Mom."

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This was a lovely tribute. Your mom smiles down on you for it, I am sure.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Dana, it is so sad when we lose parents. I lost my father and mother within a year of each other, and my wife lost her younger sister (a mother of four) a couple of years back, so Mother's Day can be sad for us. We do have wonderful children though who bring back the smiles. Glad this hub did that for you too.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Phyllis. I didn't mean to make you cry, but as long as they were happy tears. It is a pleasure to write when there are such kind and appreciative fellow writers as yourself leaving heartfelt comments.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you WiccanSage. Happy Mother's Day to you too.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for commenting travmaj. Here's wishing you a great Mother's Day with the family.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You should be proud Audrey, after all where would we be without our mothers? Thank you for reading and sharing this hub. Have a great day.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Flourish. I am sure she is too. Much appreciated. Have a lovely day.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A beautiful tribute for your mom.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Vellur. Much appreciated.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I like the Ode To Mother, it could almost have been written for me this Mother's Day! You really came up with a good ending there and it would make a nice card poem. Voted awesome and thanks for sharing!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Suzanne. It was written for you! lol..seriously, thank you for reading and for the kind comment. Hope you had a great Mother's day.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Best one yet! I got lunch and now I have a pretty poem!

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      jo miller 2 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you for this on this lovely day. Thinking of my two daughters today. Watching them as mothers makes me very proud that I was their mother.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      :) good one Suzanne.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My pleasure Jo. Thank you for reading. Hope you and your daughters have a great Mother's Day.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for this lovely tribute to both mothers who are alive and mothers who have passed on, Jodah.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Alicia. All mothers here and passed deserve our thanks and appreciation.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      What a special poem for all special mothers who are indeed are special for what they do and how they approach their daily challenging lifestyles.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Devika. I don't know if it was Mother's Day where you are, but you deserve a special tribute too for being a mother.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful odes to mothers--the one who's still here, and the one who has passed. Their influence is eternal. Beautiful lines!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks MsDora, I have great respect and love for them both, and all other mothers too.

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      Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

      Jodah, this is so beautiful I began to tear up. There are definitely some great mothers out there who deserved this.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Ryem, I am glad it touched you. There sure are.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      So very cool! :-) Shared and Up she goes..awesome, interesting and beautiful! You are a mother's delight! A breath of fresh air for mom's everywhere! Be Blessed Jodah! :-)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Aw Jo, thank you so much for the kind words, share and vote up.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      So beautifully done!!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jo, very kind of you.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Tears for the beauty and emotion you've written here.

      Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Your poetry always sound so effortless and sincere and in this so beautiful. I love it. ^ for its worth; shared so others can appreciate you, too.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your tearful sentiment tillsontitan, and the vote up, much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jackie, your sweet comments always humble me. I appreciate you too.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Beautifully written ode to Mothers everywhere. Great job! Jamie

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jamie, much appreciated.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Jo Goldstein sent me over. Congraulations on your award. Nice acknowlegdgement for Mother's Day.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for visiting mckbirdbks. I have read some of your stories/series too, though not the one that won the gold award. I have to check it out. You are a good writer.

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      Trisha Roberts 2 years ago from Rensselaer, New York

      Such beautiful poems Jodah! Absolutely loved this hub!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading, and yur kind comment Trisha. Glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 2 years ago from Lagos

      Awesome write, Jodah. You made it better in words; mothers and all women are gifts to the world.

      "But despite all this, Dear Mum and Wife,

      We love you heaps, 'cause you're our life."

      They go through pains just for our sake. For that, I respect them all. Great job!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you ubani, we would not exist if it wasn't for our mothers and women, so we must show them all the appreciation they deserve. Thank you for reading and your kind comment.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My dear mother passed away 10 years ago today, so it is a good time to reshape this as a tribute to mothers whether they are here or no longer with us.

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      Neetu M 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you, John, for honoring mothers so beautifully. I am one, too. :) It is the most important role of my life and one that has taught me more about myself than anything else!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My pleasure wordswithlove. You and all mothers deserve it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A very nice tribute to mothers everywhere.

      Becoming a mother makes a woman complete. A mother myself, I do understand how much patience and perseverance my mother must have gone through bringing me up.

      Nice gesture on your part to write a hub to acknowledge the greatness of mothers everywhere.

      Thanks!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading chitrangada, and for your wonderful comment. I feel mothers deserve more acknowledgement than they get.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Jodah,

      Exquisite poems and I loved the video---you really know how to touch a female heart. I am sure you are a wonderful son and your parents are blessed to have you.

      I look forward to reading more of your work. And, you have a wonderful week.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for such kind words Bobbi, glad you enjoyed these poems. You have a wonderful week too.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Mothers are a treasure, a gift to us all...your words are a wonderful tribute :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Sunshine, your comment is very thoughtful.

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      Surabhi Kaura 14 months ago

      Wow! This was truly a great read. Thank you, sweet Jodah :)

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Surabhi, thanks for seeking this hub out soon after your tribute to your own mother. Hugs.

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