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The Mother's Heart

Updated on August 16, 2011
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The Mother's Heart

She walked among the shadows
and wore them like a shroud...
to hide from curiosity
and queries of the crowd.
She shouldered such a burden
and her heart embraced the pain.
She hid her face for fear that
her tears would not refrain.
Sadness was her burden
and how it came to be
escaped her understanding
and, yet, refused to ease or flee.
Love was there, beneath it,
beyond her mere control,
but, the sorrow that she carried
no mortal could console.
Her mother's heart was broken
by the cruelty of Fate,
by shattered dreams and hurt and pain
that nothing could abate.
She saw her children suffer,
felt their every pain and tear,
bore their every heartache,
their every loss and every fear,
and she would offer all she had
and ever hoped to be
to see her children happy...
It was her only prayer and plea.
But this she could not give them,
it was theirs to find, alone,
For her many faults and failings
she could not, now, atone.
She'd tried so hard to love them
and show them right from wrong,
to give them what they needed
and teach them to be strong.
But, each, we have our lessons.
Our path and purpose is unique
and children are not possessions
and their journey, sometimes, oblique.
A mother's heart is tender
to the struggles of her own,
and even though they grow up,
her children's pain she will bemoan.
Now, all that she could offer
was a mother's heart-felt prayer
that the Master who had given them
would keep them in His care
as she walked among the shadows
and felt their every pain
and hid her face for fear that
her tears would not refrain.

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      Terrytezz 5 years ago from United states

      Very good peice of work

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Terrytezz, I thank you. Your read and comment is much appreciated!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      This is so Beautiful! It has struck a deep chord inside my heart. I thank you so much for these words. You are a blessing! This poem is beyond words. I will save this if I may? Thank you..May you always feel Inspired.

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      SJmorningsun25 5 years ago

      This is so beautiful! I'm not a mother yet (except to my dog), but even so I felt the depth of it. Thank you.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Jo, I am honored by such a lovely comment, and you may certainly save it. You inspired "tears that refuse to refrain"...Thank you!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      SJmorningsun25, That is such a lovely name! I thank you for your read and awesome comment! Just for the record, animals are much like children...so you are getting some good practice before the fact! Being a mother is one of the hardest things in life, I believe. My children are all grown, but my heart remains most tender to their struggles, because Life is not easy. We grow and evolve through the challenges we face, no one is exempt...I tend to think it is harder as children get older, because part of a mother's role is problem solver and nurturer, but that is out of her hands when they are adults. Again, thank you and I wish you many blessings!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      When i first started to read this i thought you were writing about the Mother of Jesus, then it became more familiar to me as a Mother. Aha the good old days when they were small. This is beautiful. Thank you.

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      tumblintumblweed 5 years ago

      Ms Tnderhrt, this is such a beautiful but sad ,heart-felt write.I feel your pain,my friend.You're always in my prayers!

      Blessings,

      Janet

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Ruby, thank you. No, this one is about someone a little closer to home...although I must admit, Mary's pain goes beyond my scope of comprehension...Hugs to you!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      My dear friend, Janet, thank you. I know you identify...your prayers mean more than you could imagine!

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      A very touching reminder that what we do in life impacts more then ourselves. Thank you.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      davenmidtown, thank you. My goodness, that is so true...but then, we can give our children all we got and they can still end up struggling...life is not always fair.

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      Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

      No matter how old our children grow to be -- we are always the mothers, and they are the children. It reminds me of the scripture: If a child is trained up in the right way, even when he is old he will not be turned away from it.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Very touching, rated up and beautiful!

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      Pixel-Alchemist 5 years ago from Waitakere Auckland : New Zealand

      TenderHeart

      This my dear friend, I think is one of your deepest and most moving works. It is clear by the comments, that it touches Mothers worldwide. It brought a smile to my face in that, it is a kindly reminder to me, just how much my own Mum loves me. Though I pray you shall be able to remove the shroud of shadows soon, to be able to dance and sing in the sunlight of joy.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Only one word here:

      Beautiful !!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Very touching, Tenderheart. Very touching.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Truckstop Sally, thank you for your read and thoughtful comment. You are so right...our children are always our children, and I am so counting on that little Scripture!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Chatkath, thank you kindly for your visit and vote! I so appreciate it!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      PA, I have found it impossible to be impervious to the trials and tribulations of my offspring, what hurts them hurts me. The hardest part is being powerless to kiss the boo boos and make them better! Anyways, i so appreciate your visit and your friendship! You are a gem, to me, and to your dear Mum, too!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Eiddwen, thank you! I so appreciate your read and comment!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Dexter, thank you! Your comment is touching!

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      JEMoore 5 years ago from New Mexico

      This is my first time on this web-site, and to have read this poem as my first has been a wonderful treat! I am sure every Mom can relate to this as I have! This was truly beautiful, I hope to write something like this some day, you have been an inspiration.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....well my mum was my best friend Miss M and she made me the man I am today - and everytime I get to read your words whether at your sacred hubspace or in support of me at mine - I really do feel like one of the luckiest guys in the world - as always you've been a big part of my online life here at the hub over the past year.

      lake erie time 5:50pm with a cuppa tea and just got out of the water

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      michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

      Really good tnderhrt23

      Michael.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      JEMoore, I am honored to be your first read and thrilled that you found inspiration. Welcome to Hubpages! It is a magical place. I look forward to reading your work!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Epi, your Mum must have been a special woman, indeed! I appreciate you and your friendship and support more than I can find words to express. You have played a huge role in my development as a writer, and as a person. I am forever in your debt.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Thank you, Michael. I always appreciate your read and comments!

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      Karen Russell 5 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL SISTER, SO OVERWHELMINGLY TOUCHING, YOU ARE SO BLESSED WITH TALENT, I ENJOY READING YOU, THANKS FOR SHARING THIS MAGNIFICENT HUB, HOTEP!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Thank you, Karen! I so appreciate your read and awesome comment!

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      lyndre 5 years ago from Scotland

      Wonderful moving poem. Another masterpiece.

      My mother is 81 years young, and still treats me like her baby boy,trying to protect me.

      It makes me laugh,but also shows me the extent of her love

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      Annette Donaldson 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Ohh so moving. This stirred a lot of emotion within me as does all your writings but this one is truly special. Up all the way except funny. x

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      lyndre, that's the thing about a mother's love, it knows not the constraint of time...it just is, forever and always! Thank you for your read and great response!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      star, thank you, Darlin, for your awesome response...I was told once that "pain shared is cut in half, joy shared is doubled" and I find that to be pretty much true...and this piece is "pain shared"...lots of love!

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      samiaali 5 years ago

      Hi tnderhrt23, This is absolutely beautiful! Every thought and every word are true. I vote it up! :)

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      samiaali, thank you, kindly! I so appreciate you!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      So very, very moving and absolutely beautiful.

      voting up, thank you so much for sharing, a privilege to read.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Movie Master, thank you, Sir. I so appreciate your visit and awesome comment!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very good. As a father, I think we look at it pretty much the same way, but handle it differently.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Thank you, WillStarr. I am thinking that what you say is true of a father who is worth his salt, if you will...my personal experience has not born that out, as seen in my own father and the father of my children, but I know there are good fathers out there who have a true heart.

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      So sad and beautiful. You are very good, love the style.

      Polly

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Polly, thank you. I appreciate your read and comment!

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      Erica Sanchez 5 years ago from California

      Tnder, I always forget to come and visit you and I do not seem to understand that your poetry is by far one of the best of the best. Your words are literally like water. Smooth no hidden secrets, crystal clear, no bitter or sweet taste its just beautiful!!

      bella

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      bella, From a woman and writer such as yourself, your words are truly humbling. In truth, I look at you, and wish I had had your passion and insight and fire in my youth, as you do. I fear, I was a late bloomer, and it is, now, in my twilight years that insight and a bit of wisdom come. I am proud to know you, my friend, you inspire me. Thank you!

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