The Mother's Watch
She never closed her eyes in sleep
'til we were all in bed.
On party nights 'til we came home
she often sat and read.
We little tho't about it then,
when we were young and gay,
how much Mother worried
when we children were away.
We only knew she never slept
when we were out at night
and that she waited just to know
we'd all come home all right.
Why sometimes when we'd stay away
'til one or two or three,
it seemed to us that Mother heard
the turning of the key.
For always when we'd step inside
she'd call and we'd reply.
But we were all too young back then
to really understand just why.
Until the last one had returned
she always kept a light,
for Mother couldn't sleep until
she kissed us all goodnight.
She had to fear the world might harm
the ones she loved the best.
More than once we heard her say,
"When you are grown to women and men
perhaps I'll sleep the whole night thru.
Things might be different then."
And so it seemed that night
and day we knew a Mother's care.
That always when we got back home,
we'd find her waiting there.
Then came the night that we were called
and gathered together 'round her bed.
"The children all are with you now"
the kindly doctor said.
In her eyes there gleamed again
that old time tender light,
That told she had been waiting
just to know we were all right....
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