I SALUTE YOU!

I SALUTE YOU!

I SALUTE YOU!

When I was only a girl, I thought I knew it all.

Your decisions sounded foolish, I didn’t understand.

I thought you were dumb; I didn’t want to be like you.

I thought you were weak, your choices depicted weakness.

I thought I was wiser than the one who lived before me.

Oh how foolish I was! How unwise!

                                                             Now I know, in weakness there is strength,

Where I scorned you, now I salute you!


For the woman who raised more than ten children, I salute you.

The one I have is a handful.

For the woman who lost her life laboring for me, I salute you.

But for me, you would be here.

For the woman who was deformed because of me, I salute you.

But for me, your beauty would radiate.

For the woman who remained sane, I salute you.

My little pains make me insane!


For the woman who stayed in marriage despite the challenges, I salute you.

I thought you had nowhere to go, now I know you couldn’t let go.

For the woman who quit her job for me, I salute you.

I thought you lacked ambition.

For the woman who sold her body to feed me, I salute you.

Now I bear with you, though i do not condone.

For the woman who was both mother and father, I salute you

Where did you find the strength?


For the woman who forgave me, I salute you.

Oh, how unforgiven i would  have been.

For the woman who stayed awake for me, I salute you.

Oh, how sweet your sleep would have been.

For the woman who covered my shame, I salute you.

Oh, how honorable you would have been!

For the woman who lied for me, I salute you.

Oh, how truthful you would have been!


For the woman whose clothes were tattered, I salute you.

Oh, how gorgeous you would have looked.

For the woman who advised me, I salute you.

Oh, how foolish I would have been.

For the woman who shared her shame, I salute you.

Oh, how shameful I would have been.

For the woman who reproved me, I salute you.

Oh, how lost I would have been!


For the woman who set a good example; I salute you

Oh, how else would i have known.

For the woman who believed in me, I salute you.

Oh, how insecure i would have been.

For woman who had me despite the pain, I salute you

Oh, how painless it would have been.

For the woman who sacrificed her dreams, I salute you.

Oh, how successful you would have been!


For the woman who protected me, I salute you.

Oh, how well you hid your fears.

For the woman who sheltered me, I salute you.

Oh, how warm you would have felt.

For the woman who cleaned me up, I salute you.

Oh, how wretched I would have been.

For the woman who spoke for me, I salute you.

Oh, how defenseless I would have been!


For the woman who encouraged me, I salute you.

Oh, how timid I would have been.

For the woman who prayed for me, I salute you.

Oh, where would I have been?

For the woman who swallowed her pride, I salute you.

Oh, how prideful i would  have been.

For the woman who shared her mistakes, I salute you.

Oh, how would I have learnt?

I salute you! I salute you! I salute you!

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