Things My Mother Taught me. To my Friend Dora Isaac Weithers (Ms Dora)
To my Dear Friend Dora Isaac Weithers, who is also a truly loving mom and grand-mom
My mother taught me the virtues, of both Light and darkness.
She encouraged my strengths and nurtured me in my weaknesses;
My mother taught me, never to do the things that made me weak;
To live in the Heart-garden and not in the mind’s chasm.
She would demonstrate how to be impartial;
To move away from the unwholesome and to promote Peace.
My mother sent me to school, ever-remembering that
Wisdom is greater than education and knowledge;
That experience is superior, to an array of sacred books.
My mother taught me, through the analogy of the orange,
That all are interconnected—
That the rind, skin, peel, the outer covering,
Flesh, seeds and even the juice,
All have a part to play in this cosmic dance.
My mother knew that scriptures would inspire me,
But warned me not to be so attached that I became blind,
To the sweet simplicity of ‘being.’
The tree bends when laden, offering its fruits to Mother Earth;
The life-giving energy of the sun peeps forth,
Sustaining and replenishing, yet another golden sunrise.
So too, the life-nourishing Love and fortitude of my mum is timeless;
On a par with these two great sacrifices, of humility and surrender.
My mother knew, that the Light in adversity would help me to grow;
That service and kindness would help me to sow,
The seeds of good deeds, nobility and more.
O mother divine, who can equal your forgiveness?
With your sheltering Compassion you took away the whip,
While cradling me through life to sleep,
Bearing patiently the sorrows of ingratitude.
-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 6th August, 2016.
~ Awakening The Inner Light ~