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Mothers: The glue that holds familes together


This poem , “Mothers: Our Heroes Eternal”, was created and dedicated to my mother, Tommie Sean Forte, in 1994. It appeared in my book, “I Cry for a People: In Their Struggle for Justice & Equality.” 


Mothers: Our Heroes Eternal

Copyright 1994, by Juanita Bratcher


The extent of a mother’s love

Can never be measured by pound

It is unconditional love

Like steel and so profound


She’s protective of her children

To the point of denying herself

She is a woman of distinction

In a class all by herself


She is a mystery woman to some

And a passing stranger to others

But to me and all my siblings

She is our own beloving mother


Her strengths are so unlimited

Her convictions as bold as the night

She is a principled person with fortitude

Armed with courage, grace and foresight


She is a God-fearing woman

Who makes mountains of sacrifices too

She’s there when no one else is

Nurturing her children to see them through


She’s inspiring and uplifting

And her morals always forthright

She keeps the family together

Even when things don’t seem so right


She fights many a battle for her family

Sometimes painful and overbearing

But she handles them with eloquence

Trusting, devotion and insurmountable caring


Her healing powers are oh, so gentle

She can soothe away your tears and fears

There’re no limitations for mothers

They hold the key to their children’s cheers


She places them in protective custody

Helps them push their future dreams

She knows how to make them feel “real special”

And motivates them, it always seems


She’s spiritual, uplifting, and diplomatic too

She’s endurable like iron, co-leader of the crew

She’s positive and honest, forgiving of you

She gives moral support from a mother’s view


She’s exhausted, steering her children from obstacles in life

Making sure that they don’t perish

In a world filled with strife

She’s ready to catch them, hold them up when they fall

She feels her powerful love can conquer all


She’s a teacher, psychiatrist, anything you want her to be

She can motivate, encourage, redirect you to see

She’s prepared to take on the rough road ahead

She’s a companion and caretaker, when all’s done and said


There’re fond memories of moms

And the many moments shared

Her children know who they are

Simply because “mommy” cared



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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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