This Too Shall Pass

My momma’s simple wisdom
Whenever we were sad
Has lasted me a lifetime.
“This too shall pass,” she said.

For every childhood crisis,
Disappointment, hurt, or fear
Came the reassuring answer,
“This too shall pass, my dear.”

In school when we were bullied,
Rejected, and reviled,
She held us close and promised,
“This too shall pass, my child.”

For broken promises and bones and hearts,
When life just fell apart,
Came the soothing words of love,
“This too shall pass, sweetheart.”

But now I’ve grown and prospered;
I’ve health and wealth and class.
And still she tells me... from the grave,
“My son, this too shall pass.”