a birthday poem to my mother

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Words escape me

at this moment

that seems like the end

yet it is only the beginning

when friendships are close

and dreams are far

you were there for me.

Tears fill me

with memories of both good and bad

some nearly forgotton

yet all dear to the heart

you were there for me.

In times of trouble

and in times of thanks

you stood by my side

and held me up.

Through your ever-patient ears

to your comforting hugs

you were there for me.

From that first day

when I saw you and knew

that you would love me for who I was

you were there for me.

And until the day

when we are old and gray

I will always know that

you are there for me.