A mother’s words can be hurtful

Or make you feel high

They can give you strength and courage

Or make you want to die


A mother’s words stay with you

When you are far away

They can be words of wisdom

Or ones to spoil your day


My mother’s words still puzzle me

I don’t think she meant to be unkind

I wish she never had said them

I tried really not to mind.


I was never good enough 

To win her words of praise

She loved the others more than me

Through all our childhood days


I tried not to let words hurt me

Some were hard to bear

Often when she’d speak to me

I wished I wasn’t there


She filled me with trepidation 

Tried to instill fear

Words harsh and unflattering

For a child’s ears to hear


I’d turn away dejected

Uncertain of my worth

She praised my other siblings

God’s blessings they were on earth


I never met her expectations

Even when things I did were great

Her view of me was negative

I tried hard not to hate


I longed for her recognition 

for the things that I had done

Or simple  congratulations 

for honors I had won 


Now that I am old and grown

With children of my own

Supportive words I try to speak

To show how much I care


 I remember my dejection

How her spirit made me frown

I vowed my words would never -- ever

Tear my children down

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