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Welcome the child

Jesus said you must become
As a little child to enter Heaven.
My mother took Him at His word!
In her later years she set about
Dismantling responsible adulthood.

As if she felt she had ‘mothered’ enough
And longed instead for some care and fun,
My identity morphed
from one week to the next
from daughter to mother to sister to friend.

Coming home to a make-believe world,
She who had taught us to speak the truth
Started breaking the rules and telling lies!
But her joy exposed the vanity
Of clinging too tightly to sanity.

And when she reached the end of her life,
Closing the circle where it had begun,
I beheld her childlike innocence
With the same delight and tenderness
With which she had first welcomed me.