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A Personal Poem for Mother's Day


I used to live to hear my mama say, "That's my boy!"

When she said that with a gleam in her eye,

I knew she was bragging and I was making her proud.

Now that she's gone and I've said "good bye",

I still live in the way that would make Mama proud.

As long as I'm doing what would make her proud,

I know I'm on the right track.

She believed in God and that's the way she raised me,

To live in a way that gave her pride, to be able to praise me.

I knew if I read my Bible and did what God said,

I would make Mama proud

I know she's gone now and ain't coming back,

I know what I should do,

Because she showed me the right track.

I walk past her picture and smile.

I know that somehow she's still watching,

And I need to do what makes her proud.

And though I'm an old man now, I can still feel her arms around me.

Telling the church sisters and others who would listen,

"That's my Boy," because I was making her proud.

The world may have teased me and called me a square, but it never mattered

As long as I was doing the right things, that was making Mama proud.

From the way I dress, to the language I use, the grades I made,

to that girl I married, the question is, and always was, would

this make Mama Proud?

I still work at things as if she was watching, because I want my actions to say out loud,

"This would make her proud."

It wasn't always easy, sometimes it was downright hard,

Still though she's gone to be with the Lord, I believe she's watching and I'm still

checking myself daily to "do life" in a way that would make Mama proud.

Lord knows she did the same for me, and made me proud.


By Joe C. Hopkins



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