Dedicated to all mothers on Mother’s Day

Enjoy these three special poems for all the wonderful mothers out there on mother’s day :)

A tribute to my mother by Bijal Shah

dear mother

so much in my heart I want to express

at one I wanted to sleep next to you all night

at two I wanted to hold your hand and never let it go

at five I wanted to share my daily stories from nursery

at ten I wanted to hang out with my girlfriends

at twelve I wanted to do my own thing

at sixteen I kept secrets

at twenty I had found my own, life was busy managing social affairs

at twenty five I was consumed with career ambitions, men and big life plans

at thirty I was getting married and wanted you to celebrate in my joy

at thirty five the grandkids had arrived — I felt what you felt when I was born

at forty I missed you, wished to see you more

at fifty my heart ached for the pain you were suffering, I really missed you

at sixty I was nostalgic, revering in my childhood memories of you and father

dear mother, your presence makes life worthwhile

it blooms hope in every dark corner

it allows us to truly experience and give unconditional love

you make my soul feel warm

may our souls be entwined forever, knotted together

Dear daughter by Bijal Shah

dear daughter

younger than two

you melt my heart

with your sweet smile

when you lie next to me

sleeping away

blowing tiny breaths

I am at peace, my heart smiling

let’s freeze this moment

so special, blessed am I

dreading the day you become your own

hope you will still come lie with me.

miss you already

knowing this window is limited

we cherish each moment

this time may pass in a blink

dear daughter

sleep well

dream sweetly

stay blessed

The paradox of motherhood by Bijal Shah

as you lie there sleeping

I hold onto these precious moments

a break

a moment to just breathe, reflect, smile

I hold my breath for you might awake

not much time left

to wash, to cook, to tidy

hoping to have some ‘me’ time left

motherhood has changed me

all control lost

my life unpredictable

yet when you smile at me

when you look into my eyes

there is nowhere I would rather be

I know the days crawl

the years will fly.

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