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    Sandra & Sam Geroux Sandra Wong Geroux with Samuel Geroux, JT Nails, San Francisco, CA
    Photo Credit Laura Folger

    Mother's Devotion
    Y Van (1933-1992)

    Version 1:

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    A mother's devotion is expansive like the overflowing Pacific Ocean
    A mother's affection is concerned like the current of a sweet, gentle stream
    A mother's words are like the rustling of rice in the afternoon fields
    The sounds of a lullabye on the porch as the moon illuminates the shadow of mother, beloved.

    A mother's devotion loving her children like the full moon of autumn
    A mother's affection dear and loving like the wind rippling across the lake
    The words of a lullabye are expansive like the sound of the kite's flute
    floating above
    Rain or shine, morning and night, happy with the song of her young one

    Loving her children so much she's unable to sleep so many long nights
    If the child is resting peacefully, kind mother is so, so happy
    Loving her children midnight to early morning these many days and nights

    Taking pains throughout all the difficulties of raising children until the day they're grown.

    Though there's wind or rain, you don't care that you're becoming thinner, kind mother
    Fog followed by harsh sunlight have whitened your head (hair) so sadly
    Day or night, early or late, she shares her happiness with her children
    Your peaceful lullabye, kind mother, is unceasing across the months and the years.

    Version 2:

    A mother's devotion is expansive like the overflowing Pacific Ocean
    A mother's affection is concerned like the current of a sweet, gentle stream
    A mother's words are like the rustling of rice in the afternoon fields
    The sounds of a lullabye on the porch as the moon illuminates the shadow
    of mother, beloved.

    A mother's devotion loving me like the full moon of autumn
    A mother's affection dear and loving like the wind rippling across the lake
    The words of a lullabye are expansive like the sound of the kite's flute floating above
    Rain or shine, morning and night, happy with the song of her young one

    Loving me so much she's unable to sleep so many long nights
    If I'm resting peacefully, kind mother is so, so happy
    Loving me from midnight to early morning these many days and nights
    Taking pains throughout all the difficulties of raising me until the day I'm grown.

    Though there's wind or rain, you don't care that you're becoming thinner, kind mother
    Fog followed by harsh sunlight have whitened your head (hair) so sadly
    Day or night, early or late, you share your happiness with me
    Your peaceful lullabye, kind mother, is unceasing across the months and the years.


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