Homage for A Mother
Has one of us his strength more nobly spent
Than she who safeguards one whom God has sent
And rather than to honours men can give
Attains to help this lesser wight to live
And service intimate and dearly bought
Imparts to progeny whose pow’r cannot
Remunerate or e’er to her restore
The years, the tears, the pleasures she forebore,
Such things as total parenthood’s great fee?
Though yet she live, she gave her life for me.
(finished 28 Apr 2012)