A Mother’s Tear: A Memorial Day Tribute

A Mother’s Tear is a beautiful poem written by Amy Peterson. It reminds me that we should remember our service men and women every day. Also, we need to remember the families because they also make a sacrifice. I love this poem. It speaks to sacrifice, service and a mother’s perspective. Enjoy.


A Mother’s Tear

There’s more to the story,
than what just appears.
A war written story,
from blood and from tears.

My son went to war,
a very proud man.
He fought in Iraq,
on the hot desert sands.

He witnessed his buddies,
his comrades, his men,
bleeding and dying,
he witnessed their end.

Where is Pvt. Tommy?
He’s blown up all around,
his comrades spent hours,
picking him from the ground.

Sleeping in holes,
dug in the sand,
dreaming of home,
but it’s become foreign land.

He can’t tell his enemy,
from family or foe,
as he watches his friends sent out,
with tags on their toe.

He knows his Mama,
is sleepless like him,
and he tries to send word,
whenever he can.

He tries not to worry,
his family at home,
the horror that he faces,
he faces alone.

His mission is over,
he’s sent back to me,
he fought for our freedom,
but he’ll never be free.

He yearns for his buddies,
that died over there.
He’s caught with the living,
in a doubled looped snare.

He screams in the night,
for the battle still roars,
as he lays in his bed,
he re-lives all the horror.

Nobody heard the fight,
he still fights,
except for his Mama,
who comforts him every night.

He never will be,
the son I once knew,
the war killed that part,
for freedom, for you.

Great Nation, Great Leaders,
and all those who will hear,
Freedom began
on a mother’s first tear.


© Amy Peterson more by Amy Peterson

June 30, 2014

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/a-mothers-tear#ixzz3axhcJP33
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  1. That was heartbreaking, but true for so many. I have a few friends that went away as boys and came back as other people. It’s such a sacrifice our soldiers make for our freedom.

  2. This is such a moving poem, you can feel the mother’s pain in every line. As a mom we can never be relaxed when our kids are away especially when you’re an army mom. I admire mothers for their strength and for being there for their children.

  3. I know it is hard to have a family member away from you, especially if in a battleground. I salute them and their mothers.

  4. Strong words can often burst out through the page in a poem, they mean so much to the person writing and convey so much more to the reader. I can appreciate this a lot!

  5. That is such a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing this with us. Such a very touching poem too. I loved reading it.

  6. I love this! Such a beautiful and moving poem! I couldn’t imagine being an army mom – both the fear and the pride would be almost overwhelming! That takes a very strong woman to raise such a wonderful child!

  7. That is so sad, some of these soldiers are little more than men when they go out there and some of them never come home. But is it worse to see all your friends die and you be the only survivor or is it worse to die?

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