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Poem for Mom

Updated on June 26, 2014

When Mom went to the Nursing Home!

This poem I wrote for Mom, because she was feeling deserted by me and my two brothers.

A rose for mom

Mom loved roses and her Bible
Mom loved roses and her Bible

By Shyron Shenko 1/4/04

I went to see my Mom Today,

All the way there, praying, she is okay.


I thought, she is much better, I see, as

She sat in her wheelchair and smiled up at me.

But then, she turned sad, as she said,

Let me, read you my poem, and reached for her pad.


Her poems are usually funny,

But this one was sad as could be.

As she said, "you don't care about me, none of you three.

But I felt her poem was directed at me.


She cried as she read her words written in rhyme.

As she implied that bringing her here was a crime.

I brought her here so she could get strong and

Be independent while living alone.


Mom said, "There is no one to help poor old me,

When I call out, nobody comes to see.

They won't let me do things on my own,

That is the reason, I want to go home.


I know, she longs for the peace and quiet of home,

But, to go back there she has to get strong,

And, it will not be easy

Mom wants to continue living alone.


How can I prove to Mom that I care?

When she does not see me every moment right there?

So...Mom when you get to heaven, If it is before I do.

Jesus will tell you, 'I LOVE YOU', He, knows it is true.



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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      This is such a recurring theme that haunts many sons and daughters. Beautifully put. Heart rending.

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      Robert Burroughs 5 years ago

      This May will be the Fortieth anniversary of my Father's death. I know the pain of losing a parent, I have spent most of my life without my dad. I appreciated your kind words about Adrienne. I wish you and your family well.

      Robert

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Docmo, thank you for reading the ode to my mom, I will doing more of Mom's poems.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you RT for reading my poem, and you are welcome.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      So often parents just need their children to check on them and visit sometimes, but children are too busy and have forgotten that their parents were always there for them when needed, seemingly unaware that had their parents not been there when needed, they might not themselves be there at all.

      When parents or anyone feels abandoned they rarely get strong or improve. They often go the other way. Attachment is so important to every person's health and well being.

      Interesting poem. Voting you up and awesome as always!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      You are so right Au fait, thank you for reading my poem and commenting.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      So hard for people to give up their independence when they aren't able to help themselves as well as they used too. I dread the day when that happens to me. Hopefully your mother came to realize you were doing the best you could for her. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for visiting me again. You make my day.

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      steffsings 4 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Heart breaking, but the ending gives hope. It can be difficult to see our parents aging or becoming frail before our eyes, but you write of a great amount of love and respect for your mom.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you steffsings for stopping by and reading my hub poem.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautiful and touching poem. Sometimes we have to take steps that do not show our love for our loved ones but we know in our hearts that it is the best that could be done at that point of time.

      Voted up and beautiful. Sharing this.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Rajan, for your comment and sharing my poem.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Rajan, for your comment and sharing my poem.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Going to share this again because I think it's well expressed and many people can identify with the sentiments. Voted up and BA

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your comments and up-votes, I really appreciate you, my friend.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Nursing homes do make parents feel alone and far away from their loved ones great thought here.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      You are right DDE, thank you for your comment.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I would come back again and appreciate some of your older work. Voting this up and AI, pinning it to AH, and sharing it.

      Hope you've had a good week. Everyday felt like it should be Friday to me. ;)

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      moms r great shy

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Couldn't help for feeling this one. A mother is too special. Thank you Shyron for writing such a touching poem. Thank you Au fait for re-sharing it.

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      Beautiful poem, Sharon. My mother is getting to that age where her health is failing and she's going to eventually need care. It's so hard seeing them suffer.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      That is a beautiful poem with a theme that I am sure many, many people can identify with. Thanks for sharing!

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      Lisa VanVorst 3 years ago from New Jersey

      This was a very warm and heartfelt poem. I guess from the poem your mom is in a nursing home or some other type of health care facility. I have worked in nursing homes for over 12 years. It is so hard on the residents to adapt to their new environment, whether temporary or permanent. It is the families who truly feel guilt, but sometimes mom or dad needs that 24 hour care and you should not feel guilty. My 81 year old Dad is in a nursing home. Sure at first he hated it. Sure the staff put alarms on the residents to prevent falls and because they really do not know these residents yet. Now my father is as happy as can be. There are no alarms and he has a scooter which he drives all over the facility and outside in the front. He is doing better than he has ever been. You wouldn't know he was 81. Please don't beat yourself up about this decision. Nursing homes get so much bad publicity, but speaking as a former employee and a family member, they really do a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank for all that you do, for voting, pinning and sharing. I really appreciate you.

      Blessings.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for your comment sujaya, yes Moms are.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you word55 for reading and commenting, I really appreciate it.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bk42author, thank you for the compliment. Yes that day was a hard day, and it was hard to see her upset and see her cry. I hope you mom stays healthy for a long time.

      Blessings

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Rebecca, I really appreciate your compliment and comment.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Lisa, thank you for your compliment.

      No Mom expired about six months after I wrote this poem for her. She was unhappy, not about the Nursing home, but about not having the attention of her children every day all day.

      I am so glad you father is happy.

      The nursing home mom was in was wonderful, clean, well run and the nicest I have ever seen and like your dad she finally began to enjoy her stay there and she was to come home the next week. But she begun to accept being in the home, except for the last time I saw her, on a Wednesday. She asked me where are the boxes to pack her things, that the 'Beautiful' lady told her the night before she was going home. When I told her that it would be on Monday, she burst into tears and said the Lady said tomorrow. The following day she expired.

      Thank you Lisa for sharing and thank you for the following, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings

      Shyron

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this poem again. Trying to do what is best for one's parents is often a difficult decision for so many families. Voted this up, BAI, and sharing.

      Glad to hear John is feeling well enough to work in his garage. Hope you are feeling well enough to keep up with him. Can't believe it's already Wednesday again. Bless you both, and have a great day.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      A very touching poem. This situation is always difficult for both parents and children, and it is really sad.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for sharing this poem again. Yes when we get old that is what we have to look forward to. being placed in a nursing home.

      Mom signed herself in the nursing home for rehab and the day she died she was going to move into an assisted living facility.

      Blessings to you my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      VioletteRose, thank you for your comment. Yes it is always sad, and I always think about something I heard one time. A man put his father in a wagon and hitched the mules and the man's son asked, "where are you taking grandpa?" the man said, up to the mountain cave, where he can die in peace. The son asked, "may I go with you, so I know what to do with you, when you get old?" and the promptly took his father back into the house.

      Blessings to you

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This poem about your Mom is touching and meaningful, Shyron. Knowing when to move a parent into a care facility is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as children. You've captured the essence of your Mom's feelings here. I can certainly understand the mixed emotions that travel on both sides of the issue.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Peg for your comment. Fortunately I did not have to make that decision Mom's doctor had her go to the nursing home for rehab after a UTI and I was the one to take her in my car, that is why she blamed me and she wanted one of us to be there at all times with her. She was always that way.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      C E Clark 24 months ago from North Texas

      Mother's Day is just a week away. Thought this would be a good time to share this poem again.

      Hope you got your grass all taken care of, but I suppose there's too much to get done in a few hours in the evening. Do hope all is well with you and that you aren't working too hard. Blessings to you and John . . .

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      Mary Hyatt 24 months ago from Florida

      Your poem moved me to tears. My sweet Mother died very suddenly from cardiac arrest, to I never had to go through the anguish of putting her into a nursing home, but I understand the need.

      Just read through your comments and it is so sad that she expired just before going home.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      Audrey Hunt 24 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm very touched by your beautiful poem. I, too offer my condolences on your sweet Mothers passing. My thoughts and prayers go with you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 24 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing.

      Not one blade of grass did I cut. When I hung up, Kevin called and we talked to him for three hours, then went to take care of other errands and was dark when we came home. I hate eating at that time of night. I can't seem to get everything done that needs to be done.

      I have another Town Council meeting tonight, guess I will not get the grass cut today either.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 24 months ago from Texas

      Mary615, thank you for the comment, up votes and for sharing. I am glad you were touched by my poem to my mom. Yes it was sad, especially when she told me about the lady who came in the night to tell she was going home. A lady that none of the attendants knew.

      Blessings and Hugs dear Mary

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      Shyron E Shenko 24 months ago from Texas

      Audrey, (vocalcoach) thank you so much for the comment, I am so pleased that you like my poem.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      C E Clark 24 months ago from North Texas

      With Mother's Day so close I'm just going to comment on this excellent poem again. Sadly the 'improvememts' made by HubPages earlier today took all social sharing buttons away from my hubs and everyone else's hubs that I have opened so far. They are not available to me or I would be sharing this again.

      Glad all is well there. Take care . . . Blessings . .

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      C E Clark 24 months ago from North Texas

      Just came back and shared on HP and pinned to AH.

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and votes up and pining. The sharing button is now on the left side of the pages.

      I am glad you stopped by.

      Hope all is well with you, Blessings and Hugs and take care too.

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      One more time since today is Mother's Day. Hope you are having a great day in spite of the bad weather we're having. There was a tornado close to town at the I-35 split this afternoon.

      Sharing this again. Blessings and hugs for both of you, and Happy Mother's Day!

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, share on HP and pin on AH.

      Hope all is well with you dear friend

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, I am glad the tornado did not get any closer to you. Thank you for the comment and sharing. I hope all is well with you. Take care and have a blessed day.

      Blessing and hugs

      Shyron

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      C E Clark 20 months ago from North Texas

      Thought I would stop in and share this excellent heart felt poem again. Hope all is well. 106 F. today. Surprised my car hasn't melted there's so little shade and it's hot even there. Voted up again, too. Blessings.

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you again for sharing the poem, I wrote for my mother, and for the thumb up, and comment.

      I hope your car does not melt with you inside.

      I know at the pool party the pool water was like warm bath water.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 14 months ago from North Texas

      Sharing this excellent poem again.

      Hope all is well there and that you're both enjoying this pretty day. To be cooler again soon. Blessings dear friend . . .

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      Demas W Jasper 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      This poem draws Au fait back often. Which of hers draws you back most frequently (there are lots, but which one especially does it for you?)

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      Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago from Texas

      Hello Demas, Au fait has so many articles that I love, but I guess my favorite is "Bob White Member of the Quail Family" because when I was a little girl, I went to sleep almost every night lulled by the of the Bob White and other night birds. Have you ever heard them sing if you go to he page she has a video of the Bob White singing.

      Thank you for the comment.

      Blessings and hugs.

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for sharing this again, I do appreciate you so very much.

      Blessings and Hugs always my dear friend.

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      Lisa VanVorst 13 months ago from New Jersey

      So sad. I work in a nursing home. I have worked in nursing homes for 16 years. Often the resident will put the guilt on the family member. Yes it is not there home per say as before, but we as health care workers do everything to make it their home. We know they have giving up a lot to be here. We understand the family can no longer care for their mom or dad at home and this was their last choice. Mom will understand as time goes by. You will understand that it was the best choice for her and see that she does get stronger. I am a Director of the Recreation Department. I often tell families I have the fun job. I get to plan parties, bring in various churches, plan auctions, bingo, table games, card games, dice games and many special events. Talk to the Recreation Director about getting mom involved in things and meeting other residents with similar interest. Nursing homes often get negative media, but that is not true of all. In time mom will adjust and so will you. Just give it time and good luck.

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      Shyron E Shenko 13 months ago from Texas

      Lisa, I know how wonderful the nursing staff was in the home mom was in. Mom was going to be in an assisted living the day after she passed away. Mom was sad because she wanted her family with her everyday. But she was improving and she was to be moved. It is a long story and maybe I will publish it one day.

      I really appreciate your comment. Nurses and care givers are special angels sent to assist in the transition from earth to Heaven.

      Thank you for what you do.

      Blessings and hugs my friend.

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      C E Clark 11 months ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this excellent poem as Mother's Day is just a few days from now. Seems like it's early this year. Hope everyone will be thinking of their mothers . . .

      Blessings dear friend . . .

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      Paula 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Awww Shyron, so bittersweet. It is so difficult for adult children when faced with this common experience. It requires we make decisions we know are best and be strong no matter what.

      Our parents do know that we love them dearly in life and even after they must leave us.

      Mother's Day for so many of us is filled with memories both joyous and sad. I hope your Mother's Day is a warm & happy one this year. Love & hugs, Paula

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      Kathleen Cochran 11 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      This is my 3rd Mother's Day without my Mom. Miss her every day. I'm out of town on business this weekend so I won't be at church on Sunday, which actually makes it easier. The hymns get me every time.

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      Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago from Texas

      Dear Paula, yes it bittersweet, I hope my two sons never have to make this decision, even if it is for rehab. Mom was a unique person.

      I hope you have memory filled, warm and wonderful Mother's Day also.

      Blessings, hugs and love to you also.

      "Mom is the name for God. On the lips and in the hearts of little children" -- Author unknown.

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      Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago from Texas

      Kathleen, it has been 12th for me, but I keep thinking it was yesterday, every day someone says something that reminds me of mom.

      Hymns get me also. If you don't mind shedding a few tears there is a song that is comforting. "Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet"

      Thank you for the visit.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and sharing I appreciate you so, so much.

      Blessings dear friend.

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      C E Clark 5 days ago from North Texas

      Mother's Day isn't far off and so I thought I'd check this excellent poem out again. Also sharing on FB.

      Hope all is well with you dear friend, and with John and Chipper, too. Take care . . .

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