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Mother (excerpted from Candy, Sweet & Sour Chapter 35 "Laying Mama to Rest"

Mother. Mother. 

I wish I could be strong for you. 

I want to take you back 

through your past, 

and ease those lines on your face, 

take away the reasons for each gray hair that prematurely dots 

that glorious red head.

 I admire your spunk, your spirit, the children you’ve raised, 

and the person I’ve become with your guidance.


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