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Here I Am Mama
by Robert H. Gilbert, Jr.

When I was just a small child, I remember when Mama
would holler out for me “Child where are you“?
She would look everywhere in the neighborhood.
When I heard the desperations in her voice calling out my name,
I would stand up and say,“Here I am Mama“.

She would take my hand and walk me back to the house,
take me to my room and tuck me in for the night.
She would say dear, “If you have a nightmare
just holler out and Mama will be here“.

As the years went by and I grew up, Mamma’s hair turned to silver.
Each day, Mama would holler out to me,
“Child where are you“?
I would answer “Here I am Mama".

She could hardly walk now, and the arthritis in her hands
would not let her do much of anything.
But somehow she managed to walk me
to my bedroom door each night and say,
“Dear if you have a nightmare
just holler out and Mama will be here“.

As I grew stronger Mama grew weaker,
but somehow she managed to go on.
Sometimes I would go to my room at night and cry myself to sleep.
Her suffering was hurting me too.
With each new dawn we would smile at the world together,
as Mama was always there.

Today as I walk down this aisle with tears in my eyes,
Mama I can see there is no more pain by the smile on your face.
Though you’ll be gone from this earth,
you will live forever in my mind and in my Heart.

Someday we will meet by the river of Jordan
and I will once again hear you say,
"Child where are you?”
I will stand with my arms outstretched and say,
“Here I am Mama”.

© by Robert H. Gilbert, Jr.
March 21, 1994

This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact,
for non-profit ministering purposes.

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