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This Other Mother

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This Other Mother

By

Gladys

I have spent all my life looking for this Other Mother

I searched high and low for this woman who will love me unconditionally

Who will feed my soul with affection, kindness and love

Who will ease my brow, wipe my tears, kiss my wounded heart

Who will tell me words of hope and encouragement

Who will brag about me to others

Who will compare me to all with me being the obvious winner

Who will put her arms around me and marvel at my beauty

Who will assure me over and over that I am likable and lovable

Who will teach me all she knows, cooking, cleaning, dancing, loving, laughing

Who will tell me that my birth was the highlight of her life

Who will regale me with stories about her own life, uplifting and not

Who will love me, unreservedly, happily, voluntarily

And what I found, were pieces of her reflected in both genders, old and young,

But never did I encounter this one woman who is my perfect mother

Who would efface, obliterate, erase the mother that i have had all along

The one who actually gave me the best gift of all, the gift of life.

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