image

What My Mother Meant

Below is a very poignant poem written by Martin Silvester …          

What My Mother Meant

When you grow up, my mother asked,
What would you like to be?
I wasn’t sure just what to say,
I was only nine, you see.

But my answer did surprise her,
As I spoke my thoughts aloud.
I’m going to be a hero mum,
I’m going to make you proud.

I want to get the bad guys,
That cause us so much pain.
I want to make this world of ours,
A safer place again.

I think she looked quite worried,
As she slowly shook her head.
But the words she spoke were full of love,
Just be, kind and gentle …she said.

You don’t have to be a hero,
To protect the human race.
Just try and do the right thing,
And you will find your place.

Well I was young and very tough,
And also very brave.
So I’d spend my life looking around,
To find someone to save.

It didn’t quite work out like that,
As the years rolled slowly by.
Boyhood dreams, of heroic deeds,
Were just…pie in the sky.

I stood up against the bullies,
Tried to fight for what was right.
Not a very easy ride, I found,
To be a brave white knight.

So I tried to do the right thing,
As I lived my life each day.
But no maidens needed rescue,
And no dragons did I slay.

So I opened doors for ladies,
Gave my seat up on the bus.
Cried tears for all the heartache,
Mankind dishes up to us.

The things that do need changing,
Seem’d far beyond my reach.
It made me feel so powerless,
Like a whale upon a beach.

When will the people on this earth,
Feel love, instead of hate.
Will future generations…change,
Before it is too late.

When I look into a mirror,
Do I see a hero’s face?
Or do I see my childhood dreams,
Dissolved in life’s hard race.

Actually…I’m pleased with me,
I’ve done the best I can.
I didn’t always get it right,
But I never turned and ran.

I still want to be a hero,
But, may have to be content.
In being just, a nice old man,
Perhaps that’s…what my mother meant.

 

WRITTEN BY : MARTIN SILVESTER

 

The following two tabs change content below.

Martin Silvester

Not a lot to tell...just an ordinary man...always loved writing but never had the time until now...hope I've got a few years left to write about the million things I would like to get down on paper be it in poetry form or just plain old story telling. Just in case anyone would like me to come along to their group and read a few of my poems live..I would be happy to do so within the confines of Kent or Sussex...I would just need to cover my petrol costs...plus a cup of tea and a biscuit . Just email [email protected] To answer some of your questions= ex-army..ex -jackeroo...ex-builder..ex-quite a few other things..still rocking...married...2 + 3 children...7 grandchildren...retired...love custard creams. I have now published my first collection of poems which are now available on Amazon under the title of..LAST APPLE ON THE TREE. The book consists of twenty seven poems covering a wide range of topics and emotions. My second book has just been published and is called A BREEZE IN THE WILLOWS, also available on Amazon. I hope that everyone will get as much enjoyment reading them, as I did writing them.

Latest posts by Martin Silvester (see all)

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!