Mother This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   Every day I see her,

In her pain

And silent sadness,

As she crumbles before my eyes.

The symptoms she shows are many,

- the way she awkwardly tries

to lower herself down into a chair.

- the strands of gray that

stop to mingle with her fading

black hair,

- the countless seconds it

takes her to conquer one stair.

No deadly disease is to blame,

No fatal accident,

The villain has many different names.

Although it is in numerous forms,

It is none other than old age.

I wish there was something I could do,

To stop the ticking of the clock.

If only I knew how,

To bring back the spring in her walk.

The light in her eyes,

The glow of her face-

I see only the wrinkles,

Which I cannot erase.

It's saddening to see

Her become what I once was,

She who used to care for me,

As only a mother does.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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hollyhottell said...
Mar. 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm
this is really good. i tthink we all feel this way. your really good. good job. you should check out my work
GypsyJewel said...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 9:05 pm
This is very pretty.
FashionGuru said...
May 21, 2009 at 9:22 pm
This is so much like my mom. Just remember to stay with her. Keep in touch as much as possible. You'll be glad for it later. Don't lose faith.
Harley said...
May 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm
Awh this is amazing!
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