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Silver Dollars & Wooden Nickels: A poem to honor moms on Mother’s Day

The Nevada Appeal’s “Silver Dollar” and “Wooden Nickel” feature recognizes positive achievements from the capital region and, when warranted, points out others that missed the mark.

SILVER DOLLAR: On this Mother’s Day we give a Silver Dollar to moms everywhere. We also give a Silver Dollar to Thane Cornell of Carson City who penned this poem about mothers:

A Mother’s Heart

When she wanted you to live up to

the picture she designed

All she wanted was the best for you

in her heart of hearts and mind.

Whenever she ranted and scolded you so

or threatened to send you to bed

Did you ever think to take to heart

the things your mother said?

“I’ll box your ears if you don’t behave”

my own mom often stated

Still I never knew then just what she meant

and now it’s sadly belated.

We hardly ever stop to think

that mothers mean so well

While we, ourselves, just know it all

and too often choose to rebel.

She’s there for us though we judge her wrong

and with her disagree

Yet she always presents the picture that

the best is yet to be.

And if she’s now an angel, like mine,

no longer of this space

And there is none could ever fill

her instructive loving place,

Just carry the highest thoughts of her

then try to live the part

According to that picture of you

once held in your mother’s heart.

• Thane Cornell is a Carson City dance instructor and choreographer.