Yesterday was mother’s day and since my mom is no longer with us, I thought this would be a nice way to remember her.

I have never written a poem in my lifetime …. but here it goes.

I remember!

I remember!

I remember the warmth and love you gave a sweet lil boy who is now a hardened man. The balance of a mother’s love I missed for many years.

"Mein kleiner", "mein engel" those were the little names you had for me. I was the sunshine in your life.
I remember.

I remember, the many days you would wait outside the school gate, waiting with a warm smile while I would run into your arms. The caring touch to put me to sleep at night.
I remember.

I remember the day we had to leave you behind for a life in Malaysia. The pain it caused us both. The many years without communication. No word. No sight. No more mama. I knew you were getting sicker without me being there. How I wish i could’ve been there.
I remember!

10 years gone by.
I remember the first time I saw you again – lying sick and helpless in your death bed. It broke my heart into a million pieces. The regret. The pain. The tears. I was broken. Broken that you could not recognize me anymore – your lil boy!
I remember!

When you passed, a part of me died. More regret. More pain. But I made a promise to myself. A promise to be a better man. To make you proud and remember you in my prayers. A promise that I will be a good man, a good father and husband. I promise to honor u.
I will remember!

Meine mama. I love you! Today, tomorrow and forever.
I will always remember you.

Kevin Zahri

I am a US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 12 years experience. Over the years, I have published over 10 books, written for Men's Health, other fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted TV shows and appeared on various TV shows, programs and magazines. I am also an avid corporate wellness speaker and web entrepreneur.

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  • i love my mom


    sungguh menyentuh hati sajak nie…im crying man bila baca sajak u. Ingatlah tanpa ibu bapa , siapa lah kita Kevin. keeps my word, kawan. bears in ur mind….

  • Jake

    Hey Kevin,

    This is a indeed a beautiful poem.

    Keep it up :)

  • She’d be one proud mother knowing that her son is doing fantastically well now … Good job, bro!

  • lil sis

    this is sooo touching…heartfelt. *sniff* mooooooooommmyyyy

  • arys

    so good. mind if i share a bit?

  • Yep, this is sooooo touching!

    Lost my dad when I was 4. That was 19 years ago!

    Appreciate our parents, y’all….

  • thanks for the feedback everyone :) appreciate the feedback.

  • Adetz

    Assalamualaikum, that was nice… i was touched. being the better man part InsyaAllah you will.


  • very beautiful Kev =)
    can only imagine the zone you were in when writin this

  • Wan

    tidak ada ape yang kita boleh balas kepada ibu bapa kita setelah mereka pergi melainkan doa daripada anak yang soleh… Keep berdoa for ur mum..Al fatihah for her

  • thanks everyone :)

  • ccdev

    classic, man. you are class. i will keep this to remind myself, as well as to honor my mum too.

  • mazni

    i cried reading this…..

  • ndkluv

    luv ur poem..i cried..very touchin’..
    insyaallah ull be a better man!=)

  • so sad :( inshaa Allah..moga dia tenag disana :)