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Birthday Poem

Mother To Son Poem

As my son reaches the milestone of 16 years I needed a way to tell him what he means to me. Sometimes the communication is hard in the teen years. I wanted to give him something from the heart.

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I enjoy writing poems in Afrikaans. Unfortunately, I can only write them for people that I know, because then, and only then , it comes straight from my heart... because I know the person I am …

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© Sandra Jeffers

Published: Aug 2011

On Your 16th Birthday

16 year ago today
They placed you in my arms
I became a mother
Bewitched by all your charms

You learned to walk, to read
Each day brought something new
No more my little boy
You hurt, I cried, you grew

Sometimes you didn't need me
didn't want to hold my hand
Your independence made you proud
But me a little sad

I blinked my eyes, I turned around
your almost grown I see
Why did it go so fast?
A few more moments please

In your struggle to be free
Sometimes we don't get along
But I'm always on your side
I'll always be your mom

You can't stop time, can't hold it back
Can't stop the ocean's tide
The good person that you are
Fills my heart with pride

In my eyes there is no one like you
Can't wait to see what you'll become
My pride and joy, I love you
Happy birthday to my son

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  • by Anette Ogden
  • 4/10/2014

I enjoy writing poems in Afrikaans. Unfortunately, I can only write them for people that I know, because then, and only then , it comes straight from my heart... because I know the person I am writing for, and it then become very easy for me. I can write an A4 poem within 30 minutes. I don't have a problem with English, but I don't write these poems in English. And because my son has got a pot of English speaking friends, I am borrowing this poem, with a little alteration, to fit his 40th birthday. Thank you!

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