Happy Mother’s Day to all the LGF moms! Since this got posted in a thread just as a new one was created, I decided to use our nifty new “Comment to LGF Page” button to convert it. The poem is a fairly recent one, but its theme—the depth & constancy of a mother’s love—is an ancient one that exists across epochs & cultures.
Ballad of a Mother’s Heart
The night was dark,
For the moon was young,
And the Stars were asleep and rare,
The clouds were thick,
Yet Youth went out,
To see his Maiden fair.
he pleaded as he knelt before her feet in tears.
My love is true,
Why you have kept me waiting all this years?
The maiden looked at him.
Unmoved it seemed,
And whispered low.
You have to prove by deeds,
Your love is true.
“There’s not a thing
I would not do for you, Beloved” said he.
“Then, go.” said she. “To your mother dear,
And bring her heart to me.
Without another word,
Youth left and went to his mother dear.
He opened her breast and took her heart!
But he did not shed a tear.
Then back to his Maiden fair,
He run unmindful of the rain.
But his feet slipped, And he fell down,
And loud, he groaned with pain!
Still in his hand he held the prize,
That would win his Maiden’s hands.
But he thought of his mother dear,
So kind, so sweet, so fond.
he heard a voice!
Not from his lips,
But all apart!
“Get up” it said.
“Were you hurt,Child?”
It was his mother’s heart
—Jose La Villa Tierra