Anthony Seyi Abiodun

Rookie - 113 Points (Ifetedo, Osun state, Nigeria)

Dear Forbearing Mother - Poem by Anthony Seyi Abiodun

I still cannot fathom that love
Cum the softness and meekness of a dove
I still cannot unravel the mystery
Behind the strength you wield with artistry
A weaker vessel, strong enough to keep the home together
Through the sun and the stormy weather

From conception till the day the bambinos dropped
You bore the load, you washed, you cooked, you shopped
Gain or loss, you gave us the paramount priority
Out of minuteness some largesse you afford the minority
Weakened, wearied, battered
You stayed, to you, we were all that mattered
Days and nights when I sneaked into your boudoir
And watched you cry and pray that he comes back before the soir
With a heavy heart I kneeled beside you then
I did not understand but yes I said 'amen'
Numerous days when you watched without eating the food
I understand now you wanted more than the chewed
You wanted a shoulder to lean on when you are frail
But the father of all had gone on another ship to sail
You never stopped believing
Each day came with its hope relieving

Dear mother, I am in awe
Of how much you bore
For us, for years I knew the grief
'Who's gonna take care of them if I leave? '
Now you can smile in the crowd
As we grow to make you proud

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 19, 2015

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