Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Mother's Smile - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

How vivid her quick smile,
full years could not erase
the memory.
The smile she woke me with,
from midday naps.

Today they soothe
and come when clouds
and squalls of strife pass through.

An anchor has been forged
between the bed, so small back then
and any time I rest my aging head,
never alone, she seems to hover
unobtrusively, nearby, for me
upon my signal, in a heartbeat
her ready smile will come
like genie from the bottle
and sit right on my pillow,
with not a single word.

The miles have now outdone
even the years, and I do wonder
if there is sadness on her face,
perhaps some unshed tears.

So very soon I will just stand there
like the boy inside his cot
there at your grave, in awe
and, just like him, be
waiting for your smile.


Comments about Mother's Smile by Herbert Nehrlich

  • Ernestine Northover (10/18/2005 11:55:00 AM)


    That was very moving Herbert, it brings a tear! Sincerely Ernestine (Report) Reply

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  • (10/18/2005 10:21:00 AM)


    Such tenderness Herbert. I envy anyone that shares such beautiful feelings as this with their mother. Beautiful. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

  • Cj Heck (10/18/2005 6:03:00 AM)


    Herbert, this is beautiful. Well written and so full of feeling. A poem I could identify with.
    Warmest regards,
    CJ
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  • (10/17/2005 10:40:00 PM)


    Yes, that was a very nicely written piece.

    Good work!

    Amicalement votre,
    R.
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  • (10/17/2005 10:31:00 PM)


    You are going to make me cry.....this was soooo sweet. As a mother myself I can feel this very deeply. Thank you :) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 17, 2005



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