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Sunday’s Poem - Somebody’s Mother

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 The woman was old and ragged and gray    

 And bent with the chill of the Winter's day.     

The street was wet with a recent snow     

And the woman's feet were aged and slow.     

She stood at the crossing and waited long,     

Alone, uncared for, amid the throng     

Of human beings who passed her by    

 Nor heeded the glance of her anxious eyes.     

Down the street, with laughter and shout, 

Glad in the freedom of "school let out,"     

Came the boys like a flock of sheep,    

Hailing the snow piled white and deep.     

Past the woman so old and gray   

Hastened the children on their way.     

Nor offered a helping hand to her -     

So meek, so timid, afraid to stir    

 Lest the carriage wheels or the horses' feet     

Should crowd her down in the slippery street.     

At last came one of the merry troop,    

 The gayest laddie of all the group;     

He paused beside her and whispered low,     

"I'll help you cross, if you wish to go."     

Her aged hand on his strong young arm     

She placed, and so, without hurt or harm,     

He guided the trembling feet along,     

Proud that his own were firm and strong.     

Then back again to his friends he went,     

His young heart happy and well content.     

"She's somebody's mother, boys, you know,     

For all she's aged and poor and slow,     

"And I hope some fellow will lend a hand     

To help my mother, you understand,    

 "If ever she's poor and old and gray,     

When her own dear boy is far away."     

And "somebody's mother" bowed low her head     

In her home that night, and the prayer she said     

Was "God be kind to the noble boy,     

Who is somebody's son, and pride and joy!"  

By Mary Dow Brine 

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Izb1 profile image

Oh! Iris this made me cry. In today society it is rare to find a young person willing to help but restores my faith that there are still a few around. I do hope you are feeling a little better now the weather has cooled a bit x

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Lyd12 in reply to Izb1

About a year ago I was in our little market place and came over faint. Sat down on a bench, then laid down and three schoolgirls came over to me to help. They called an ambulance, and I was able to tell the ambulance that I lived not far away and had help. The girls walked me home and were so nice. Give credit where it’s due they say.

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Izb1 in reply to Lyd12

Oh! Iris that was so nice and agreed , give credit where due. Sadly living in a city like Manchester makes me a cynic, there are good people here but we dont see them often x

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hypercat54 in reply to Izb1

I do where I am Izb1. 3/4 times I have had a low battery on my scooter and struggling up slight inclines and each time someone has stopped straightaway and asked me if I needed a push.

1 young Scouser woman actually pushed me 500 metres home :) x

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Izb1 in reply to hypercat54

Thats so nice to read Bev and glad you have had help when needed x

sassy59 profile image

A wonderful uplifting poem Iris of kindness and compassion. A helping hand when it was needed. Thank you. Lots of love, Carole xxx💕

peege profile image

Very moving ❤Hope you're bearing up Iris, thinking of you ××× P

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Lyd12 in reply to peege

Struggling Peege, miss Tony so much. No energy, but thank goodness for family.

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peege in reply to Lyd12

I'm so sorry Iris, yes thank goodness for your family. Sending love and a big gentle hug ❤

Damon1864 profile image

That brought a tear to my eye so very beautiful Iris thank you for sharing. Have a great day and take care 😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxxx 🌻🌻

MoyB profile image

What a beautiful poem, Iris. It brought a tear to my eye too.

I can understand how much you must miss your Tony but it's good that you have family to support you and share memories with.

xx Moy

Jane2005 profile image

Oh that was lovely 😍

Morrison10 profile image

Thanks for an emotional poem with nice ending. Yes there are a few nice people about, need more. I recall that at school we were taught to help others, but that doesn’t seem to be attitude now. Jean x

SORRELHIPPO profile image

This poem came up at my school's Sunday School, always makes me sniff.

pegbl profile image

Lovely Iris , thank you for sharing. Take care of yourself xxx

johnderby profile image

Love that poem. Thanks 😀

Threecats profile image

A very touching poem, Iris, thank you for sharing x

Patk1 profile image

Love this,thanku Iris x

Walkwalkwalk profile image

That’s a lovely poem Iris. Thank you. Grace

1947Mags profile image

Thank you for that it is beautifully sad. Mags

watergazer profile image

Wonderful sentiments in this poem Iris. Thanks for posting xx

dunnellon profile image

Sweet poem!

garshe profile image

What a beautiful Poem. Really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing. xxSheila 💕⚘

bluepuddy profile image

That’s beautiful.

Australia06 profile image

What a really lovely poem Nana! I know poems don't always have to rhyme, but I really love it when they do. Makes for a really fun read. I'm glad that the younger people like me can be there for the older generations in their times of need.

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