4.29.2014

National Poetry Month #19: To All the Mothers I Know




 Mom, Dad, and me doing dishes at Grandma Woolum's


When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

When you thought I wasn't looking
You hung my first painting on the refrigerator
And I wanted to paint another.

When you thought I wasn't looking
You fed a stray cat
And I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking
You baked a birthday cake just for me
And I knew that little things were special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking
You said a prayer
And I believed there was a God
 That I could always talk to.



When you thought I wasn't looking
You kissed me good-night
And I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking
I saw tears come from your eyes
And I learned that sometimes things hurt-
But that it’s alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking
You smiled
And it made me want to look that pretty too.
 
When you thought I wasn't looking,
You cared
And I wanted to be everything I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking-
I looked…
And wanted to say thanks
For all those things you did
When you thought I wasn’t looking.


- Mary Rita Schilke Korzan

pictures: sister Carol first birthday, brother Bill 22nd birthday, brother Bill 4th birthday. Lots of great cakes.

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