Mother Poem

Taking Mother For Granted Poem

Don't take your mother for granted.

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It's been 38 years since she fell asleep in Christ, but for 38 years it has never failed to bring tears to my eyes that my valiant mother lost her battle to cancer. She was a loving, tender,...

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Do What I Can't

© more by Debbie Leads

Published: December 2007

Make sure to call mama on Mother's Day
Her birthday and the rest
You know she's sitting by the phone
Wishing you all the best.

She doesn't want to bother you
So she waits for YOU to phone.
She has so much free time now.
Most of it spent alone.

She knows you are very busy now,
With work and kids and wife
She helps you out whenever she can
She is the one who gave you life.

The years go by, so fast they fly
The years just never stop
She has joined the local church and
At local thrift stores she shops.

Luckily you have an organized wife
Who sends the cards you sign
You moved away for job prospects
Not because you wanted to leave her behind.

She quietly lives her life
Puttering around the yard
Thinking of ways she could help you
And cherishing your beautiful cards.

Whenever you think of her,
Please, listen and take the time
Because I would give everything I have
For just five minutes with mine.



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  • Lauren Wingrove by Lauren Wingrove
  • 4 years ago

It's been 38 years since she fell asleep in Christ, but for 38 years it has never failed to bring tears to my eyes that my valiant mother lost her battle to cancer. She was a loving, tender, patient, proud and kind woman who would do anything for us. I'm thankful that she was my mother for 23 years.

I was blessed to have a mother like her.

  • Aubre by Aubre, Co
  • 8 years ago

Its been 3 months and oh how I wish I could call her just one last time just to tell her I love her and I miss her. People take their mothers for granted and I'm so guilty of this but if I could just turn back the times oh what I wouldn't do for just one more day or even just a five minute conversation.

  • Freda by Freda
  • 9 years ago

Debbie - I sit here with tears streaming down my face, asking why o why didn't I pick up the phone before it was all too late and she was gone. Your poem hit home.

  • Nancy by Nancy, Kentucky
  • 10 years ago

My mom has been gone 12 years. I would give anything, anything, to hear her voice one more time. I can think of so many things that I didn't do, that I could have done, that would have made her happy. At the time they just didn't seem that important. I realize now, that it is the little things that matter the most.

Debbie, very touching. I hope some people heed your advice before it's too late too follow it.

  • Angela by Angela, Illinois
  • 10 years ago

Today March 22 is my birthday...and I am a Mom, a wife, my husband travels for work, my mother and I will be living 8 hrs apart soon (I am an only child w/her only grandchildren), and donate my time heavily at school. So, I guess this poem seems to speak directly to me; maybe the position of people are a little different, but feels all the same to me. I can relate to this poem in a way. Thank you Debbie Leads for writing this poem and me coming upon it on this day.

  • Trish by Trish, Bedfordshire
  • 10 years ago

It has been 3 years since I lost my mum. I am still missing her so much. So many times I think if she were still here I would tell her how much I love her. There is nothing I wouldn't do to have her here with me if only for a day. Wherever she is I pray with all my heart that she is happy. She was a gift from God.

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