This May, 2005, poem still says it as I want it said. Thanks, Mom, I love you.
by J. Randal Matheny
My mother gave me more than life and breath,
She gave me faith in God and glee of a child,
And taught me greater joys come after death,
That hope must never flag, that love stockpiled
Does no one good, nor curious eyes gone wild.
My mother gave me more than life alone:
She instilled respect, required that I obey,
She taught me to know myself as I am known,
To spurn tomorrow’s cares, to live for the day,
To do an honest day’s work, take time for play.
My mother did more for me than give me birth,
Bequeathing soberness among the toys,
A sense of godly love and human worth,
A blessing on my head, a quiet poise
and peace amidst the world’s confusing noise.
My mother gave me more than I can tell.
Dear Mom, above all mothers you excel.
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