Mother Poem

Written for her Mom who she calls, "the strongest woman I will ever know".

Mom's Hands

To the strongest woman I will ever know.
At first glance Mom's hands may seem crippled and meek.
She flinches when you bump them and her grip is quite weak.
But these hands are a reflection of the woman inside,
although burdened with limits, still strong with pride.
When opening a jar seems too great a task,
it's only after great hesitation that she finally asks.
Don't let that mislead you for you must understand.
It's not what they can't do, but rather what they can.
These hands have the strength to raise a family right,
to wipe away every tear and hold you real tight.
They come together each day in prayer,
and whenever you need them, they're always right there.
So if these hands don't appear all that tough,
Remember they're full of tenderness and love
and for me that's enough.


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Published: Feb 2006

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  • Although my mom has been gone for a year now. Her hands still play a big part in my life I think this poem is an excellent description of my mother. Mardell.

    Carmen Submitted Nov 2008

  • This is such a powerful Poem! This really fits my Single-parent mom who raised 4 kids and grandchildren on her own. Thanks for this poem!

    Lia Submitted May 2009

  • My mums hands are easily bruised when she bumps them. The bruises come up instantly and are painful. She has the same hands as her mother they are very thin skinned. I have always said to her that I have her hands and she is remorseful for that. But this poem just illustrates that even though the hands themselves are week her heart and soul is strong. I will give her this poem to lift her heart and warm the heart and remind her how strong she really is. Xxx

    Melinda Robertson, Callala Beach Submitted Jul 2010

  • It reminds me so much of my mom who passed away last May. Mom's hands were always there for us!

    Gerry Submitted Jul 2010

  • This poem reminds me of my mother, who is such a wonderful woman that I love spending time with and of course love very much xxxxx

    Selina Submitted Jul 2010

  • My mom has gone to heaven years ago. But this poem reminds me of her who I loved most with her strong spirit yet very gentle to me and my brother. As a single parent, she raised both of us...And now I'm a mother too, I can feel what my mother has gone through and I do now...
    This is a very touching moment in this poem...thank you very much!

    Desideria, Indonesia Submitted Jul 2010

  • I lost my Mum this year and this poem really touched me. Through her many years of working on a farm and raising twelve kids plus 6 grandchildren my Mums hands held out to each of us on her last days. Her wedding ring though so many years old was as though it were new. She was 93 yrs old. Thank you for sharing this poem.

    Cheryl Bianchi, Brisbane Australia Submitted Jul 2010

  • My mom is gone for five years now but still she is the strongest women i know. My mom hand did so much she was by my side.

    Jennifer Submitted Jul 2010

  • When I first read this poem, I broke down in tears. My mom has been coping with arthritis for 27 years so I felt this poem was written for her. She's my everything!

    Millie Submitted Feb 2011

  • I bury my dear mam tomorrow morning and have been searching all week for something to best describe her strong will through illness and your poem could have been wrote from my heart, thank you sincerely

    Colin,Manchester Submitted Mar 2011

  • My mam is not well this poem will help her feel better hopefully makes her smile.

    Rebecca,Co-Durham Submitted Feb 2012

  • For me, my mom is the strongest women I've ever met for until now she could still overcome all trials that we've experience in our family. I hope my mom will never give up for us and for our family.

    Janette Pagadduan, Cagayan Valley, Philippines Submitted Feb 2012

  • For me I wish I could have expressed all the things she mean to me. She was the strongest woman I know. Throught her illness she never give up. One thing she said was, I can beat this right. Within two years she passed away with ovarian cancer. I admire and respect her. I cherish and will treasure all the fun times we shared. You were the best sister ever. I love you sis, one day I'll see you again. THANK YOU.

    Heama, Florida Submitted May 2012

  • I absolutely love it, like everyone else its a reflection of my mom, Victoria . She's still stubborn and tries to do everything she shouldn't. And now that I'm older I never realized how much pain my mom endured, until I was diagnosed with RA. I Love You mom

    Monica Hensley Submitted Oct 2012

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