Tuesday, August 6, 2013

To Behold my Mother




Things I've not seen my mother do.

run a dishwasher
do a load of laundry

console her mother
embrace her father

consume alcohol
smoke a cigarette

save money
be free of debt

nurse her child ...
... abandon the same

approach death four times ...
...to deliver a child
lose a fifth before birth.

leave a friend, in need ....
... stranded

work a day ...
... without pain

rest her soul through a night
at peace with her past

break a promise
tell a lie

read the bible
bear a testimony
talk of christ
rejoice of christ
teach of christ

fail to support a son ...
... on a  mission

take the sacrament ...
... in her final years

Steven Lynn Bassett
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