Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


A Mother - Poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

How can a mother forget her child,
the child who is conceived nine months in the womb
the child that is cradled at daytime,
night time until dawn?
How can a mother forget her child?

How can a mother forget her child
the child who after the flow of months
has learned to stand and run?
How can a mother forget her child,
the child whose mouth imitates her mother`s tongue,
the child who after a year or two can say,
'Mama, I love you'?

How can a mother forget her child,
the child who is so dear in her own heart and mind,
the child that reveals the mystery of creation,
the beauty of growth and human interaction.
the infinity of our own universe
within its finite linear time?


Comments about A Mother by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

  • Freshman - 701 Points Rajesh.c Bose (10/17/2014 1:12:00 AM)

    again a masterpiece liz.. pls go through my poem my mother and an unpublished poem (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,022 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (10/22/2012 1:28:00 PM)

    thanks for your nice response, Sallam. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,151 Points Sallam Yassin (10/19/2012 4:22:00 PM)

    mother love pouring from heart
    so pure and so fine
    thanks and may god bless u (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,022 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (9/30/2012 4:51:00 AM)

    Thanks for your positive response to this, Lloyd! . I will find time this week to read your entries. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lloyd Savage (9/28/2012 4:15:00 PM)

    I love this poem! ! ! Good work. Enjoy mine too. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 27, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, September 28, 2012


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