000 – Mom

I never remembered
Your birthday.

I remember
Your clear blue eyes,
Your wrinkled hands,
And the shape of your smile.

I remember
Your weight on my arm
And the sound of your steps
By my side.

I remember
Your lips on my cheek,
Your endless farewells,
And your cheery goodbyes.

I remember it all
Because I cannot cry.
I want tears to flow
But my eyes have gone dry.

All the things
Left unsaid.

All the things
Left undone.

In the midst of it all
What is breaking my heart,
Is that I never remembered
Your birthday.

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