Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day from Iraq

Before I was myself you made me, me.
With love and patience, discipline and tears,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,
Allowing me to sail upon my sea,
Though well within the headlands of your fears.
Before I was myself you made me, me.

With dreams enough of what I was to be
And hopes that would be sculpted by the years,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,
Relinquishing your powers gradually
To let me shape myself among my peers.
Before I was myself you made me, me.

And being good and wise, you gracefully,
As dancers when the last sweet cadence nears
Bit by bit stepped back to set me free.
For love inspires learning naturally:
The mind assents to what the heart reveres.
And so it was through love you made me, me.
By slowly stepping back to set me free.

I don't know who wrote this but it seemed to fit our relationship. You deserve everything you ever wanted. You have raised two successful kids, we have gone through our troubles, but you instilled the fierce love that is the glue of our family. Without you, I would be in a gutter and dad would be lost. Thank you mom. I always love you. Happy Mothers Day.


Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Nothing more beautiful. And Sacred.
A perfect dance. So blessed you both are...and you realize it.

Wendy said...

Lovely poem. And beautiful post. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Ces Adorio said...

Oh your son is so wonderful! You must be very proud of your children. Yoy look like a very loving and happy family!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Deborah, What a lovely gift from a great son! Happy Mother's Day! Susan

KeKe said...

Aaw...what a sweet poem.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

Fairy Hugs~

Renee said...

Should I take a picture of the tears I am in.

You are so lucky Deborah. What a wonderful son.

I love the picture of you both.

You Madam are gorgeous.

Love Renee xoxo

p.s. God Bless Ryan

Anonymous said...

Slllurp, tears plunk plunk!! Oh what a beautiful sentiment sent by your boy!! xoxo

Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful it made me cry...

Anonymous said...

Hello, wonderful poem; it occurs to me like a poem from Rumi.
I visit your blog for the first time. I was a dancer, just like you in : what seems another life...we gave it up "mothering"....But then: don't we just know the dance of Life ?
Be well.