Aufie Zophy

Gold Star - 27,272 Points (18 October 1964)

My Mother's Lesson In Empathy - Poem by Aufie Zophy

At the time, I was a five-year old boy
A visit to my aunty, always a joy
My cousin was playing with cars at the back
He just had a new one, the body in black
Orange lines on the side, oh boy, what a toy

Only a few minutes later, it is hard to believe
My cousin was called and he had to leave
This left us alone, that beautiful car, and me
The temptation was great, as great as could be,
I could not resist and became a thieve

Into my pocket, very smoothly it went,
I was delighted, extremely content
When we reached home, I told to my mom
With much pride about what I had done
And that's where contentment would end

My mother, incredibly sweet, incredibly bright
Swallowed her anger but asked in a voice, slightly tight
Please consider for a minute or two
How you would feel if someone did this to you.
Deep in my mind, I considered this plight.

It was easy to see the horrible feeling
I'd caused in my cousin by carelessly stealing
Our next visit, I was allowed to put it silently back
That car, with orange stripes on a body of black
Since then, I ‘ve quit forever the stealing

I don't think that there ever could be
A more brilliant lesson in empathy





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Comments about My Mother's Lesson In Empathy by Aufie Zophy

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/10/2019 8:58:00 AM)

    But, oh, what happened to my peers!
    Just yesterday, it moved me to tears
    While the children of John were playing their game
    My peers were trampled to death, what a shame......outstanding conceptualization. A brilliant poem is so nicely executed. Thanks for sharing.
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  • (12/7/2018 4:46:00 PM)

    I like the music,
    And this is a good poem i could not do that good. How do you do it?
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  • Jack Lamb (2/18/2017 9:03:00 PM)

    This poem reminds me of my mother, a wise woman too! Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • Jaya Das (2/6/2017 12:19:00 PM)

    So sweet poem, these lessons even my mom also used to teach me....great rhyme n a wonderful write
    Thank you
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  • Rajesh Thankappan (9/24/2016 10:50:00 AM)

    The soul of man seeks love and appreciation and this aspect have been brought out so beautifully in this poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/7/2016 11:44:00 PM)

    This beautifully conceived poem reasserts the universally accepted truth that mother is indeed the best and the greatest teacher for her child. Congrats for composing such a beautiful poem as also on it's being the Poem of the Day. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/7/2016 2:21:00 PM)

    Glad to have your work today as, poem of the day! Mine was read on the 8th of February this year. Nice dedication for your mother. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Lyn Paul (5/7/2016 7:26:00 AM)

    Lovely to read again. I believe we can still learn even more when we reflect on our mother's life.
    Thank You
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  • Unwritten Soul (5/7/2016 4:40:00 AM)

    I still remember when i was reading this heartfelt tribute to your loving mother few years ago. It was beautiful and again it telling me now how beautiful this lesson and memory is...i just loved it again and again..God bless your mother and you are such a living life for her now...i am sure if she ever knw who you are now she must be proud... and Hans, congrats for this big day celebration, they chose your poem as a highlight and you deserved it. Mother no matter what race nationality religion and custom, mother unites world love. (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (5/7/2016 3:40:00 AM)

    Congratulations for your poem getting selected Poem of the Day.Mother is the first teacher of a child.Mother's love, care, teachings and morality shape a child's character.Thanks for sharing this marvelous poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (5/7/2016 2:27:00 AM)

    More than the beauty of the narrative, it is the profound lesson taught by a mother to her son without inflicting any blow to this young man's dignity. The poet has done a great job. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • Kim Barney (5/7/2016 12:25:00 AM)

    Your mother taught you a good lesson, Aufie. Congratulations on having this poem selected as poem of the day! (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (1/17/2016 2:46:00 AM)

    Your poem shows honesty of your mother as well as yours.The values we learn from our parents go with us through out our life.Nicely written. (Report)Reply

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  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (1/11/2016 8:19:00 AM)

    That's what mothers are and should be, irrespective of any difference. Mother is the best as well as first teacher to any being. I salute our mother for being just that. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Paul Sebastian (11/29/2015 9:19:00 AM)

    Mother's love filled with wisdom teach her loved ones the joy of living happily. Of who I am, I owe it to my mother! (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (8/27/2015 6:42:00 AM)

    My mother, incredibly sweet, incredibly bright
    Swallowed her anger but asked in a voice, slightly tight
    Please consider for a minute or two
    How you would feel if someone did this to you.
    Deep in my mind, I considered this plig these are the most beautiful lines in this poem. and your reacton Mother Mother................ soooooooo lovely
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  • (7/9/2015 10:41:00 PM)

    Great poem, well written. Many of us have had a similar experience. Herein lies a moral lesson for all. (Report)Reply

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  • Kelly Kurt (4/23/2015 6:12:00 PM)

    Mothers are often very wise, and yours taught you well. Great poem, Aufie. Thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Drashi Shah (10/30/2014 7:37:00 AM)

    Wow.... it is reallly a great poem i must say hats off excellent.... (Report)Reply

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  • Sharilynn Reaser (5/24/2014 9:13:00 PM)

    Oh the wonderful lessons of our dear mothers! My mother too taught me many great lessons! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 21, 2010

Poem Edited: Wednesday, March 27, 2013


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