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Mother Mine

Dear Mother, honorable lady
Have I properly thanked you?
For all you've done, all you are?
I am so deeply grateful
How could I ever pay you back
I pray you get all you deserve
I pray you receive 100 fold return
Are there words enough?
Could one ever fulfill the debt?
My mother, in whose womb I was knit
Who shared with me her blood and life
Who offered herself to God that I would have life
Who laid me at her breast
Who has knelt to pray for me every day
I love you my mother
I honor you my mother
Please forgive me
Please forgive me any shame I have brought you
Please remember the ways I have tried to bless you

Stephen Pursell, around Mother's Day,  4/9/04