You cared for them, you’ve nurtured them it seems
For all our time together. It has been
Both joy and challenge. Your open heart teems
With love and empathy. One can’t begin
To comprehend the depth to which your love
Goes for those whose lives you’ve shaped, given skills
To navigate a crooked path. Above
All else you gave them strength to mount those hills
That stand between their place and lofty goals,
That present those obstacles in the way
Of success. You’ve helped them define their roles
As strong, wise, capable women today.
The fruits of those you’ve nurtured foreword go
And leave their mark—and yours—for all to know.