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Auguste
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Unsung Heroes

by

Michael Auguste

Worried, she checks her sleeping child
A fever again but this one mild
No heat tonight, she couldn't pay the bill
The oven on to help take off the chill

A single mother, she does all that she can
To raise dear Jen without help of a man
Jen's Dad always spends freely on himself
Then pleads poverty whenever they need help

Five days a week Jen stays at home alone
Her mother works so they communicate by phone
The doors kept locked, she's not allowed to roam
She watches tv until her mother makes it home

"Trailer trash!" How can they be so cruel?
On their new bikes she sees them ride to school
"Her clothes came from Goodwill," they often like to pick
Though hurtful always, her skin is now more thick

Late one night Jen thought she heard a sound
And found her mother in her dressing gown
While reading the bills her mother softly wept
Jen crept back in bed but that night she hardly slept

She wants a job to ease her mother's mind
But at ten years old they're very hard to find
She cleans the house so her Mom can have some rest
Of all the mothers, she thinks hers the very best

Her single mother, to Jen, a hero be
But not like the ones that they show on the tv
The unsung ones who raise their kids alone
Who do all they can without a gripe or moan

"My Mom is a hero," she'd like to shout out loud
But she plays no sports, she couldn't draw a crowd
So the hero medal she'll keep close to her heart
And with her special memories, she will never part





© Copyright 2000 Michael Auguste - All Rights Reserved
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Michael...with tears streaming down my face I say to you BRAVO...this is absolutely marvelous...and now being a single mom I know the pain of sleepless nights and unpaid bills...this one touches this lady's heart...thank you thank you
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Auguste, my friend.......

           With this beautiful poetry you
       have just become a hero in my eyes.
       It amazes me the way you captured the
       intense hardship of being a single
       mother! You nailed it, and there's
       a lot of mothers out there who
       would applaud you loudly, so I will
       do it for them here.........

              THANK YOU FOR WRITING
                     THIS!!!!


Today is a gift....
That is why they call it
'the Present'!


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Well written my friend.  We all need hero's, or at least someone to look up too.  

Jwesley
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Paula,

You and a million other women like you are what this poem is all about.  We often have our priorities so messed up that we put sports figures on pedistals and give them hero status.  "Real heroes" are often our next door neighbors.  And you, my friend, are every bit a hero is my way of thinking. I applaud you.

Michael




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Paula,

You and a million other women like you are what this poem is all about.  We often have our priorities so messed up that we put sports figures on pedistals and give them hero status.  "Real heroes" are often our next door neighbors.  And you, my friend, are every bit a hero in my way of thinking. I applaud you.

Take care,

Michael




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Michael-lovely write and so very true.  I hope you are able to share this with your mom as it would be her greatest reward for all she gave for so many years...all mom's whether single or not would appreciate your heart in this.  
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Sunny,

I appreciate your most kind remarks.  However, please save your applause and title of hero for those who really deserve it.  I'm just me.  I'm aware of the problems of women because most of friends are women and have always been. I have a deep respect for womanhood and all it represents.

Take care, my friend!

Michael




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8 posted 08-13-2000 09:20 PM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste

Jwesley,

Thanks for the nice reply and yes, I agree with you.


Michael




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Michael, your compassion and tender spirit illuminates each line of this piece, my friend.

~ Claire

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

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Auguste~
It's a wonderful tribute to all of those
'unsung heroes' .... trying hard to make
a difference in their children's lives.

Not just women anymore ....
lots of men raising their children alone.
I'm sure they are included in your song.

One of the reasons I mentor kids is to give
single parents the opportunity to have
some time to themselves.
It's a rewarding program for me and for them.

Thanks for sharing this very compassionate view.
~*Marge*~



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Michael, this brought tears to my eyes as well.  I'm a single mom and have been down that road, crying over bills.  I love how you portray this mother as a hero in her child's eyes.  

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