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Carry On: Another Poem from my 90-Year Old Mom

Updated on January 19, 2011

Since my mom celebrated her 90th birthday last year, she seems to have found a new boost to her long dormant hobby of writing. She has taken a new interest in writing poems/prayers and even short stories.

I am once again serving as her window to the world as she has an aversion to computers.

So here is her poem/prayer.

It's easy to smile
It's easy to smile
when you receive a salvo
when you receive a salvo

Carry On

It's easy to say, "thank you"

when you receive a "salvo."

But when the "boos" are heard

your nothingness is bared.


It's easy to smile

when you finish a mile.

And are ready to scale

the very next stile.

It's easy to sing
It's easy to sing
It's easy to give
It's easy to give

It's easy to sing

when you know the refrain.

It's easy to say "hello"

when it's friends who visit you.


It's easy to give

when you always receive

Things too wonderful to hoard

Emerald, silver and gold.

 when things go wrong
when things go wrong

It's easy to cry

when things go wrong

But with shoulders to lean on

we can always move on.


So don't give up but carry on

a loving embrace awaits.

Take the step for love and peace

and find eternal bliss.

               -Maria S. Placer

Don't give up but Carry on
Don't give up but Carry on

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      jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Chini,

      Happy New Year to you too!

      Thanks for dropping by!

      God bless!

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      CHINI 5 years ago

      JILL FIRSTLY GREAT JOB

      HAPPY NEW YEAR

      BYE..

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      jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Kenneth,

      What a beautiful comment! I'm sure my mom will be thrilled to read your comment.

      I am so honored that you decided to follow me. Thank you very much! Thanks especially for the vote up!

      God bless!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, jill, AMAZING! FANTASTIC writing by your mom. She is like you, talented, really talented. I appreciate you sharing this with us. I am an abstract/prose poet, strictly amateur and although my poems are not vulgar or violent, Hubs is not ready for them. I voted this hub UP and away! I am now a fan and follower of you, if that is okay. Sincerely and Respectfully, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama, that reminds you of Mayberry, where Andy Griffith (Andy Taylor and Barbney Fife) lived and worked. Keep up the great publishing.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Sonia,

      What a wonderful thing to say. I wish my mom could read it right now. However, I am living away from her now, I just visit her once a year. I will surely show this to her once I visit her this August.

      Thank you so much!

      God bless!

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      sonia05 6 years ago from india

      This poem is extraordinarily beautiful. Your mom is one special person with a divine gift of putting magic into her words! Great hub! superlike!

      Thanks a ton for sharing!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Eiddwen,

      I don't know why I missed seeing your comment. Anyway, thank you very much for dropping by and for leaving a beautiful commment.

      I'm happy that you enjoyed this. See you around!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Chitra,

      Thanks for visiting again!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Multiman,

      Thanks for the visit and beautiful comment!

      God bless!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      This is beautiful, so glad to have found you on here.

      I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      chitra 6 years ago

      yes u said the truth multi

      message for u jill as well

      please reply to ma questions fast

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      Multiman 6 years ago

      Truly inspiring, voted up.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi DJ,

      Nice to see you!

      Thanks for your beautiful words. My mother will be happy to read it.

      God bless!

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      Ask_DJ_Lyons 6 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

      Thanks for sharing your mother's beautiful poem! Bravo!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Chitra,

      Thanks very much for your beautiful comment. I will tell my mom about this.

      It's ok, your two comments are not exact duplicates.

      Please just tell your sister to write me through my email so I can answer her personal questions. Thank you!

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      CHITRA 6 years ago

      SORR IT APPEARED TWICE

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      CHITRA 6 years ago

      jill sorry 2 b late 2 put a comment on the greatest poem ever heard

      its awesome

      without ur pics ur mums poem is as a tree with no leaves while ur pics are as a life led with no aim without ur mums poem

      jill sorry again 2 b late here

      as i didn't notice

      hope ull eply

      my sis khushboo is eagerly waitin for ur reply in the first poem

      as she wanna aquire everyting about u

      HOPE DAT U SHINE AS A SHINING STAR WITH UR MUM AS THE MOON

      HOPE DAT U ACCOMPLISH NAME FAME AND ALL UR GOALS

      LOVE U AND UR MUM'

      GIVE REGARDS TO AUNTY

      SORRY AGAIN

      BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

      HOPE DAT GOD WILL ANSWER UR PRAYERS

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      chitra 6 years ago

      jill sorry to be late to write a comment for the greatest poem ever heard

      i think without ur pictures your moms poem is like a tree with no leaves while ithout her poems ur pics are like a life led with no aim

      i hope u add more poems and pics

      my sister eagerly waits for ur reply in the first poem as she wants to enquire about u

      and again im so sorry as i didn't notice the next poem

      im sure u would understand me

      byeeeeeeeeee JILL

      HOPE U B HAPPY 4EVER AND MAKE UR MUM HAPPY AS WELL

      WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT U

      HOPE DAT U ACCOMPLISH GOOD NAME AND UR DESIRES

      GOD BLESS ALL OF U

      CHITRA HERE

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Alberich,

      Thank you too for your visit and beautiful comment.

      God bless!

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      alberich 6 years ago

      Great!

      Thank You!!

      Love and bless You!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Jay,

      It's great to see you again! Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment!

      God bless!

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      jayb23 6 years ago from India

      Amazing poem jill. Just loved it.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Christine,

      Thank you very much! I will tell my mom about your greetings!

      God bless!

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Happy belated birthday to mom! God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Ddraigcoch,

      Thank you very much in behalf of my mom!

      God bless!

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      Emma 6 years ago from UK

      A lovely and heart warming poem. x

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi gr82bme,

      Thanks very much! My mom will be happy to read your comment.

      God bless!

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      Well done. I will share and vote up

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Fucsia,

      Thanks very much! My mom will be happy to read your comment!

      God bless!

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      A very lovely poem!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Heart,

      I always welcome your visits. You always bring in some interesting and fresh insights.

      Yes, it is rather treacherous. I took that photo from afar using my zoom lens.

      Thanks very much for dropping by.

      God bless!

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      Always nice to hear what an older wiser person, has to say:) That last picture, so glad they were able to get some footing...that river looks treacherous?

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Dolores,

      Yes, I am really lucky to have a mom who still writes poetry at her age. Even if she does not like computers, she gets a thrill every time we show her her poems and the comments.

      Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving a beautiful comment.

      God bless!

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      You are so lucky to still have your mother. I bet she gets a thrill from seeing her work in print for so many people to read. Thank you, Jill's mom, for sharing your lovely poetry and wisdom!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Manny,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment.

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Becky,

      Nice to see you!

      Yes, my mom is remarkable. It would really be a blessing if I reach her age with the same creativity, spirit and health.

      Thanks very much for your kind words!

      God bless!

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      mannyrolando 6 years ago

      What sweet words... thanks for sharing!

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Your mom sounds like a remarkable woman. Her positive attitude is what keeps her spirit strong. You are a wonderful daughter for serving as your mother's "window to the world" God bless you both.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Onrea,

      Thanks very much for your wonderful comment. I'm sure my mom would enjoy reading this!

      God bless!

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      onrea 6 years ago from Rochester, NY

      Very nice and very true words at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi A.Villarasa (my kababayan),

      Thanks very much for your beautiful comment. My mom will be so happy to read it.

      God bless!

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 6 years ago from Palm Springs

      The poem is beautiful beyond words.... because it speaks the truth.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Anglnwu,

      I'm happy that you enjoyed the poem. My mom will surely be happy to know that the comment came from a poet like you.

      Thanks very much for being a great friend!

      God bless!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Such words of encouragement. What a sweet lady your mom is. Enjoyed the poem. Send her my love and regards. May God continue to bless her, so we can continue to read her poems. Thanks.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Shalini,

      Your visits always make me happy. Thank you very much!

      My mom has sent me another poem, so there's a new one coming up soon.

      See you around!

      God bless!

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      So nice of you to share it with us, Jill. Here's to many more poems from your Mum!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Oh DeBorrah,

      You make me blush with your kind words. You really know how to say the nicest things. I'm sure my mom will also be happy when she reads your beautiful thought.

      God bless you!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello b. Malin,

      What a beautiful thing to say. I'm sure my mom will be so happy to read this especially as it's coming from a poet.

      Thank you very much!

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Fossillady,

      Thank you very much for dropping by. I will tell my mom about your comment.

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Micky,

      Thanks very much for your beautiful comment!

      God bless!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Jill of alltrades, Beautiful! Your Mom is a real gem and bursting with wisdom. What a blessing that her mind is so sharp at 90, WOW! I see where you have inherited your creativity from... Wonderful!

      Thank You for sharing her lovely poetry,In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      What a lovely, soft, gentle poem..tell mom thank you, from one poet to another. LOL.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Very nice, keep sharing her poems with us, I feel her warmth.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Very beautiful. Words to hope by and warm by. God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Tony,

      It's nice to see you my friend!

      Yes, I will tell my mom about your greeting!

      Thanks for dropping by.

      God bless!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hello Happyboomernurse,

      Nice of you to drop by.

      Yes, it's amazing how creative she still is. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever reach her age in the same state.

      Thanks very much for your wonderful comment!

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      tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

      Nicely done Jill. Tell your Mom Tony says Hi ! God bless my friend.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      How wonderful that your Mom is still so creative at age 90 and that you're publishing her poems on Hubpages. The photos beautifully illustrate her words. Thanks for sharing.