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Mom's Maple Desk Chair

by Michael Shoemaker

Sitting on the chair

she worked with

bills, taxes, mail,

pens, paper, and a pad.

In this, smooth chair

varnished with care

her voice within

would hallow it with

silent prayers.

"Father, today, nothing for me,

all for them.

Please, keep my three boys safe

and let them always feel Thy lasting grace."

I never heard these silent prayers,

but know them as well as the scripture memorized.

Looking past her glasses and through her eyes

I see the words in her heart,

the wellspring of love that never dies

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