Dearest Mom,

Although we had our differences
'oft times disagreed
these words I pen on paper
reveal the inner me

Always I did love you
perhaps it didn't show
'n so I write my feelings
with hope, somehow you'll know

Yesterday gone forever
tomorrow out of reach
today with heartfelt scribbles
my loving thoughts, in ink

When only just a toddler
clung to your apron strings
still, can hear the laughter
but only in my dreams

Mom, can you remember?
my pigtails tied in bows
wishing I could grow up
wearing all your clothes

I'd smile into the mirror
with painted lips 'n cheeks
wanted to be your princess
forever and a week

If only for a moment
I could take your hand
'n whisper, 'Mom, I'm sorry'
now I understand

Life for you was difficult
wish I had known it then
instead of passing judgment
I would have been a friend

If I could give you mem'ries
to cherish evermore
I'd take away the sadness
felt deep within your core

Wishing now to hug you
'n share a laugh or three
go shopping, on a picnic
spill giggles in our tea

If I could give you roses
place kisses 'pon your face
I'd whisk away the heartache
with tender, warm embrace

My heart is on the paper
a blend of ink and tears
if only for a moment
I'd change our yesteryears


Staring at your picture
thoughts tango through my mind
days of old resurface
unleashed within a rhyme

Realizing now the sacrifice
'n how you gave your all
my pain was not your doings
none of it your fault

If I could give you chocolates
tied with ribbons red
there'd be no comparison
so send my love instead

Hoping this letter finds you
as many years have passed
unspoken words, of silence
I'm setting free, long last

I Love you, Mom!

Always,
Your Daughter

~*~

Rose Marie Streeter 2006

 

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