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“And it came to me, and I knew what I had to have before my soul would rest. I wanted to belong – to belong to my mother. And in return – I wanted my mother to belong to me.” Gloria Vanderbilt

Inspiration: Happy Mother’s Day… To all mothers and daughters

My Mother by Ann Taylor
Who sat and watched my infant head
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?
My Mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray
And love God’s holy book and day,
And walk in wisdom’s pleasant way?
My Mother. Cont’d below

Happy Mother’s Day! Do you remember this poem? It is a classic and one we recited in school for years. If you’ve ever wanted a poem that asks some of the heart-tugging questions we hold close to our chests, and that will stick to you like an ear-worm, this is perfect. Blessings to all mothers, daughters, grandmothers and beyond. When we help and care about others, we are all mothers… Below, I’ve added a popular African song – Sweet Mother – by Prince Nico Mbarga and a fun version by Tilda.
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Again, Have a Happy Mother’s Day! More below. 😉

Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Inspiration: Happy Mother’s Day… To all!

Nigeria – Tilda – Sweet Mother (This version has a fun video with dancing to make you smile)

Prince Nico Mbarga – Sweet Mother (This is the original version)

Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who wast so very kind to me,
My Mother?

Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear,
And if God please my life to spare
I hope I shall reward they care,
My Mother.

When thou art feeble, old and grey,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
My Mother. Poem by Ann Taylor via

Sweet Mother by Prince Nico Mbarga
Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.
Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.
When I dey cry, my mother go carry me, she go say,
my pikin, wetin you dey cry ye, ye,
stop stop, stop stop make you no cry again oh.

When I won sleep, my mother go pet me,
she go lie me well well for bed,
she cover me cloth, sing me to sleep,
sleep sleep my pikin oh.
When I dey hungry, my mother go run up and down.
she go find me something when I go chop oh.

Sweet mother I no go forget you for the suffer wey you suffer for me
When I dey sick, my mother go cry, cry, cry,
she go say instead when I go die make she die.
O, she go beg God,
God help me, God help, my pikin oh.

If I no sleep, my mother no go sleep,
if I no chop, my mother no go chop, she no dey tire oh.
Sweet mother I no go forget you,
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.

You fit get another wife, you fit get another husband,
but you fit get another mother? No!
And if I forget you, therefore I forget my life and the air I breathe.
And then on to you men, forget, verily, forget your mother,
for if you forget your mother you’ve lost your life.

This song was a huge hit in the 1970s and kids would dance to it in the streets. It is written in Pidgin English. I’ve added two versions because the one by Tilda has a fun video with dancing in it. I hope you enjoy it. If you listen carefully, you’ll understand the words. I’ll look for a translation and add it later. Enjoy! Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? How do you celebrate Mother’s Day? What poem comes to your mind? What motherly blessings have you enjoyed in your life? Do share! Thank you. 🙂

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

For More: Women’s Lives & Issues 

Positive Motivation Tip: Be a blessing to others by showing you care every day, not only on Mother’s Day.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Mom Kanga & BabyMother’s Day,  via Wikipedia and/or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

42 Comments leave one →
  1. 13/05/2012 2:04 am

    Great post in every way!

    • 13/05/2012 2:14 am

      TY Julie! ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ *˚ .ღ 。*˛˚ღ •˚ ˚…Sending sprinkles of Love to all: Happy Mother’s Day! ˚ ✰* ★
      ˚. ★ *˛ ˚♥* ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ღ ˚ 。✰ •* ˚ ♥

      • 13/05/2012 2:17 am

        I love this but I’m not Jim – hahahahaha!

      • 13/05/2012 2:19 am

        Oops Julie! Thank you! I’ve changed it. 😆

      • 13/05/2012 2:23 am

        I get called Jim quite a lot and I rather like it actually!

      • 13/05/2012 2:26 am

        Interesting! I guess we see jm and assume it means Jim. What a riot. I’m glad you pointed it out. 🙂

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  2. 13/05/2012 3:44 am

    Thanks for sharing all these lovely poems to mothers everywhere. I have the best wife in the world and the best mother-in-law in the world so I really appreciate their motherhood everyday of the year. Thanks for visiting my blog Ron

    • 13/05/2012 4:05 am

      TY too for honoring them and I wish all of you a very Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

  3. 13/05/2012 7:14 am

    Mothers rock 🙂
    happy mothers day greeting to you and all the mothers out there 🙂

    • 13/05/2012 8:29 am

      Amen to that and Happy Mother’s Day to you too! 🙂

  4. 13/05/2012 8:03 am

    I remember that poem Eliz!! Thank you for a wonderful post! And happy mothers day to you too!

    • 13/05/2012 8:30 am

      Me too!!! TY for your kind words and Have a Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

  5. 13/05/2012 8:22 am

    I just knew you would present a lovely post to comment a lovely day. May your Mother’s Day be delightful. Thank you for this wonderful share. 🙂

    • 13/05/2012 8:24 am

      TY so much Orples! You made my day… Have a wonderful and Happy Mother’s day! 🙂

  6. 13/05/2012 9:31 am

    Its not mothers day in the UK but my wishes go out to all the mums in the US

    • 13/05/2012 9:36 am

      Oh Thank you for stopping by to send us good cheer! Accepted and appreciated. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  7. 13/05/2012 12:56 pm

    It is hard being a mother!

    • 13/05/2012 1:23 pm

      It sure is… Have a Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

  8. 13/05/2012 1:50 pm

    As always something very inspiring. A very happy mother’s day to you! .:)

  9. 13/05/2012 2:46 pm

    Beautiful poems, thanks Eliz! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day yourself!

  10. 13/05/2012 3:08 pm

    Excellent work my friend ,Thumbs up 🙂

  11. 13/05/2012 3:20 pm

    I don’t know the poem.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  12. 13/05/2012 4:13 pm

    That’s a beautiful poem, Elizabeth. Didn’t know of it. Thanks for sharing,
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  13. 13/05/2012 5:10 pm

    Lovely post for mothers!

  14. 13/05/2012 5:39 pm

    Nice poetry Eliz. It made my day a little more complete. Miriam

  15. 13/05/2012 5:46 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day, E! Hope you enjoyed YOUR day.

  16. 13/05/2012 10:31 pm

    As concerns jm it reminds me of one blogger who calls himself MRJ. Naturally one would assume it means Mr. But not so. His name is Matthew Richard Joseph.

  17. Narelle Smith permalink
    14/05/2012 3:08 am

    That first quote is an absolute beauty.

  18. 14/05/2012 6:05 am

    Happy Mother’s day. My daughters wrote a cute letter

  19. 14/05/2012 7:48 am

    Love the picture. “I know there’s a baby in there somewhere!”

  20. 14/05/2012 8:11 am

    Ha ha ha! I am so excited to read the words of that popular song, Sweet Mother on your blog. It’s still a hit Elizabeth, and even in church yesterday, the youth choir sang it in honour of Mother’s Day. Thanks for sharing and well done.

  21. 14/05/2012 12:13 pm

    Such lovely words and images! Hope you had a marvelous Mother’s Day!

  22. 14/05/2012 2:21 pm

    beautiful…Happy Mother’s Day to one who inspires us to aspire higher 🙂 HUGS!

  23. 14/05/2012 2:58 pm

    YAY MOMS! 🙂

  24. 15/05/2012 4:00 am

    Excellent post for mother’s. Thanks for the pingback.
    Happy Mother’s Day …!!!!


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