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Mother Said

A child runs free in a field.

“Leave this town,”
my mother said
These three words
live in my head

“I love this town,”
my mother told
But you are young
and I am old

“The world is wide,”
my mother taught
These four words
I seized then sought

“Enjoy the world,”
my mother shared
and thanks to her
I did and dared

©2022 Mark Bird

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