This week’s poem is Now and Then. It’s a little different to my others because I wrote it especially for Mum when she was ill. I’m sure a lot of the readers will be able to relate to it.
When you’re frightened
I’m there to hold you in my arms
and wipe those tears away. My insides crumble when I watch
you struggle to breathe,
knowing I can’t ease your pain.
I see your beauty as it was then.
You were there when I was frightened,
held me in your arms
and wiped those tears away.
When I fell, you kissed away pain
with mother magic. Always there for me,
not only a mum but also my friend.
Time hasn’t changed
the love we share,
roles maybe now reversed
but both of us still care
for each other, just like before
but not quite the same.
Mother Nature is cruel
and steals in old age
but you’re still my mum.
I’m there to do what I can
until your journey ends,
because you’re not only my mum
but my very best friend.