Changing Roles
Author: Capricorn


When I was a little girl
My Mom looked after me
She tied the ribbons in my hair
And tended my cut knee

When I was a teenager
She made me mad and hurt my pride
Always telling me what to do
When I felt old enough to decide

When I was grown up with kids
She was still there for me
And looked after them sometimes
Which was a break for me

Now the kids have left home
And my mom is getting old
Her memory is failing her
And has to be reminded or told

Our roles have been reversed
And now I'm there for her
Reminding her to take her pills
I'm the Mom now and she's the girl

It hurts my heart to see this
As she cannot always accept
She's the one needs help now
And into her shoes I've stepped

I know life won't get easier
As her memory dwindles still
Although she thinks she's strong
Her health is slowly going downhill

I don't want to think of the future
And which way it will go
I just hope Mom can remember
I really do love her so!


Comments on this poem/writing:

lonlyrockstar ( -- Monday, December 16 2002, 12:37 pm


sad poem but very beautiful. it reminded me of my mom because shes been getting sick lately and i've been taken care of her. anyways i love the poem. Keep writing
The Geezer ( -- Monday, December 16 2002, 07:53 pm


Very nice poem about Mom. Keep showing your love for her. Your right, we do take the place of our parents. I guess that's what they mean, when they say, we go into our second childhood. Our mind and body shrink, we become childlike. Thanks for sharing, keep loving Mom, even when she doesn't remember any more. She's lucky to have you. See ya.
barb ( -- Tuesday, December 17 2002, 04:32 am

oh gosh

What a beautiful tribute to your mom cap she will remember this as being the most treasured time of her life. keep writing and sharing your thoughts. Nice
barb ( -- Wednesday, April 21 2004, 02:12 pm


nice poem cap it shows that you're hurting too. I don't think she'll ever forget how much you care
Meridian ( -- Wednesday, April 21 2004, 04:13 pm

I love this Cap!

Hi Cap! Sorry about your mother's memory loss, but I love this "Changing Roles" poem on family! I hope your mother gets better! Again, good poem! It almost brought me to tears!

Have a good one!

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