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mountains i have climbed

For Mama, on the 105th Anniversary of her Birth

seeing i have seen  
hearing i have heard  
should i close my eyes this day  
speak not a frowning word  
 
hearing i have heard  
feeling i have felt  
voices now are whispered songs  
that all my heartaches melt  
 
feeling i have felt  
lessons i have learnt  
pain is not my strangest friend  
‘tis oft that i've been burnt  
 
lessons i have learnt  
secrets i have kept  
patience holds my trembling hand  
nor wisdom ever slept  
 
secrets i have kept  
knowledge i have shared  
mountains i have climbed in hope  
to dream and fight and dare  
 
knowledge i have shared  
children i have weaned  
memories i have prized
unseasoned hearts have never seen  
 
children i have weaned  
teardrops i have dried  
loved ones i have buried young  
the pain of love defied  
 
teardrops i have dried  
comforts i have given  
storms i've weathered on a path  
oft steep and thunder riven  
 
comforts i have given  
praise i have received  
but all glory be to God  
in whom i have believed…  
 
…for seeing i have seen  
and hearing i have heard  
and in my heart i have believed  
Christ is the Living Word.  
 
©2018 January 31  
by Clyve A. Bowen
Author's Note
This is another poem I wrote to commemorate my mother's 105th birthday anniversary. It captures the life she has lived, while the persona urges her loved ones not to be discouraged in the event of her death -- to "speak not a frowning words/should i close my eyes this day" -- because she has had a full and well-accomplished life.

Structurally, the intricate connectivity in Mama's life experience is emphasized and reflected in the uniformity of the poem, in which the 2nd line of each stanza reemerges as the opening line of the succeeding verse.
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