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When Mother Reads Aloud
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When Mother reads aloud, the past
   Seems real as every day;
I hear the tramp of armies vast,
I see the spears and lances cast,
   I join the thrilling fray;
Brave knights and ladies fair and proud
I meet when Mother reads aloud.

When Mother reads aloud, far lands
   Seem very near and true;
I cross the desert’s gleaming sands,
Or hunt the jungle’s prowling bands,
   Or sail the ocean blue.
Far heights, whose peaks the cold mists shroud,
I scale, when Mother reads aloud.

When Mother reads aloud, I long
   For noble deeds to do—
To help the right, redress the wrong;
It seems so easy to be strong,
   So simple to be true.
Oh, thick and fast the visions crowd
My eyes, when Mother reads aloud.

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JanetruthMartin:
I enjoyed this poem, partly because I have always loved to read and yes, my mother read to us! I miss being able to read to my kids...
Posted 04/18/2013 09:47 PM
jayne:
These comments today warm my heart! Would that every child knew the blessing of parents who share stories and poems (and love).
Posted 04/18/2013 06:26 PM
Jean Colonomos:
I love reading to my granddaughter. She is almost four and we love to snuggle into the couch and hear what an author has to say.
Posted 04/18/2013 11:48 AM
erinsnana:
I loved reading to my two sons and watching their expressions to see their reactions to the stories. They are both avid readers today as adults.
Posted 04/18/2013 10:51 AM
fer:
Not only did my mother read to me, but so did my father who was a farmer! Some of my fondest memories are hearing him read poetry to me. (The first letters of the words in a line or two of poetry make great passwords...)
Posted 04/18/2013 10:38 AM
loisflmom:
Mostly father, while mother did the supper dishes (1940's gender roles!). But yes, I have a library card, as do my children and grandchildren-- all well-used!
Posted 04/18/2013 10:33 AM
paradea:
I read Shel Silverstein poems to my girls. Still today after 35 years, we can recite parts of them together...
Posted 04/18/2013 08:36 AM
Wilda Morris:
Brings back wonderful memories of Mother reading to my sister and me!
Posted 04/18/2013 08:32 AM
dotief@comcast.net:
Love it! I can almost hear my mother's rich voice even though it has been many decades since she'd read to me.
Posted 04/18/2013 08:09 AM
TheSilverOne:
Sure beats TV and Video Games.....Brings back memories of when my kids/grandkids were little and I read them stories I had loved.
Posted 04/18/2013 07:24 AM
Latha:
Absolutely true! My daughter thinks so too! :)
Posted 04/18/2013 07:23 AM
MaryLeeHahn:
I *heart* read aloud! (substitute "teacher" for "mother" in my case!!)
Posted 04/18/2013 04:51 AM


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