You never see the tears that she's about to cry --
instead she turns her head to hide them.
You never see how her shoulders are sagging from heavy burdens --
instead she gives you those shoulders to cry on.
You never see the aches in her heart when her children rebel --
instead she gives them more patience and love.
You never see the hand she pulls back when she's rejected --
instead she continues to lend a "helping" hand.
You never see the aches in her hands from grasping and holding on when she feels like giving up --
instead she folds those same hands and prays even more.
You never see the aches in her knees and forehead from praying for others --
instead she spends even more time on her knees.
You never see the fears she has of being a "disappointment" --
instead she prays for more power and a sound mind.
You never see any of these things and she doesn't want you to--
After all, she's only "a mother".
"Paradise lies beneath the mothers feet".
'Not even 'ouf' must be signalled as abuse to her'.
"Oh Allah have mercy on them as they were compassionate to me during childhood"