My Mother Gave Me

My mother gave me
The lesson of inner happiness
The joy of merely being alive
The pleasure of small everyday things-

My father gave me
The pains of struggle
The frustrations of the search for the impossible
The dream of greatness
Never to be realized-

I lived my life for my father's dream
In my old age like my mother
I am happy
just to be-

by Shalom Freedman

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