You started life within the womb

And then they gave you birth

They love you all their life

They know your precious worth

They watch you grow and fidget

They see you take your steps

They hold you close when hurting

They lay you down to rest


They wonder how you’re doing

When gone away to school

They feed you and they find you

When life has got too cruel

They let you go and leave you

When you need to find your way

And are always there to welcome you

When you come back to stay


They suffer when you suffer

Though they cannot change a thing

They live with endless silences

When you forget to ring

But they cannot help but love you

That’s the way they’re made

Your origin and faithful friend

Until from life they fade


Brian Fahy

1 January 2023

Feast of Mary, Mother of God

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