Mother’s Day Poetry

Mother’s Day 2020

Connie Webb
Mother'S Day, Heart, Always, I Love, Nuns, Kli

A Stay-At-Home Mom Was I

What can I tell you
About the life I’ve lived
Will I impress you
With all the things I did?

It may not mean a lot to you
But my life has meant lots to me
The greatest two days of my life
Was the births of he and she.

Since the days my kids were born
Little boy and little girl
I haven’t worried much about me
I was absorbed with him and her.

Spent days in the kitchen
Cooking up lots of stuff
Spent time playing
Never really cleaned enough.

Never got the cobwebs
Dust seemed to be everywhere
But boy did we have fun
Which was beyond compare.

Watching those Disney movies
Ordering a pizza or two
Playing with our pets
Saying “I love you.”

I wouldn’t change a thing
About how my life was lived
Because the best thing of all
Was doing what I did.

Being a mom of two
Watching them both grow
Has brought me so much happiness
More than anyone will ever know.

A stay-at-home mom was I
Not a fancy title did I have
But I have memories I will treasure forever
Of the best life I could have ever had.

– Connie Webb, all rights reserved.

Jay Frankston

Hand, Child, Protection, Security, Pray, Arts Crafts


She takes the seeds from her womb,
scatters them to the wind
and sings to them, the Mother.
And the wind lifts them high
above fields, above fears,
takes them round and round then lets them fall.
And flowers and trees
and children grow from the earth.
And the sun shines upon them
and makes them blossom.
And time watches,
counts, and waits for them.

Around the corner
the panhandler stands
with his hand stretched out:
“Spare any change, Mister?”
There’s Vietnam in his head,
and the blades of the helicopter
keep roaring in his ears.
And the children duck
at unexpected times
as if they could hear them too.
But it’s another war they hear,
the one that follows
the one that’s ahead.
And they know, the children,
they know
that it will take them
and bleed them
and drop them from the sky.
And the Mother will scoop them up
and return them to her womb
and refuse to give birth again.

– Jay Frankston, all rights reserved.

Barbara Anne Johnson

Daisy, Sträusschen, White, Key, Antique, Mood, Love

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,
It has been three years since you died.

I loved
Taking care of you
Feeding you
Loving you.

I understand
Why you wanted to die
That you were tired of life

I miss
Our lunches on Fridays
Our spirited conversations
Watching TV with you

I remember
The travelling we did
You handling the two colts
Sewing for you
Cooking with you
Enjoying our times together

I Love You
Your Daughter,
Barbara Anne Johnson

Nancy Jane Hilscher Johnson
September 20, 1926 – October 08, 2016

– Barbara Anne Johnson, all rights reserved.

Janferie Stone

Wood Work, Figure, Madonna, Woman, Statue, Sculpture

Today I wear my mother’s socks

Today I wear my mother’s socks
Sorted out from her dresser drawers
From under the powder compact cases with their mirrors,
their rims of beige dust…
Most of the socks have gone to the nursing home with her,
any not darned with her Thirties thrift,
and at the Home, the laundry loses one of each pair with regularity.

I know the native injunction against family
keeping the clothes of the dead,
for it brings them back looking,
when they sense their shells filled with life, with lineage.
But my mother is yet alive, although her body tilts inch-by-inch lower,
her bones thin, and flesh pulls her to quiescence and slumber.
We walk each day in the creek beds of her memory.
She watches me as I wear out clothes that cannot fit her again.

Like her bras. There it is said.
I had to work up to the confession.
I wash mine, they grow tattered, so I pick up her Maiden forms,
new, still in the boxes she bought ahead —
How many years ago that ad campaign?
The cross-your-heart lines that lift and make breasts cones,
like the noses of rockets in the Sixties.

But I never thought to fill my mother’s breasts since I was weaned,
and when I saw her engorged for my brother seven years later,
I swore I would never look like that.
Even before children came, my breasts were never perky on their own
And the Japanese girls asked “Why did I sag?” in the baths,