Elena Plotkin Poems
I grew up with a bunch of others,
Just me with my sisters and brothers.
When I was younger, I was green and tough,
But as I grew older, I discovered life could be rough.
I changed and grew softer, some called me yellow.
But I was no coward, just a very cautious fellow.
Because where I come from you never know the day,
That your whole family gets eaten or just carted away.
You never made it easy.
But then you never took it easy.
You worked tirelessly your whole life.
Both as a mother and as a wife.
You never gave up or gave in.
You always fought hard for what you believed in.
And you believed in me when I didn't believe in myself.
And you do everything with love and you are selfless.
At times, it seems like there's nothing you can't do.