Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Mother's Day Poem




My face would never launch a thousand ships.

I will never win at Wimbledon,

Or own a chain of hotels.



But, my baby,

When I see that you are happy, my heart fills.

At those times when you are sad, I ache to make it better.

When life is kind to you, I think, "no one deserves it more." Always, I am so proud of you.

When life is cruel to you, I bleed. How dare anything harm you!



Yes, for you I would throw myself in front of the proverbial train,

Or wrassle a grizzly bear--

But trains generally keep to their tracks, and if there were a bear,

He would likely be your Mr. Fuzzy.



So, in every ordinary moment,

I try to show you how much I love you,

And how precious you are to me.

Sometimes I fail,

But I do know how to say,

"I love you"

And

"I'm sorry"

And even

"Yep, I'm the meanest mom in the whole wide world, but you still can't have/do that!"



I am here to keep you safe.

But, do you know what?

When I have been heartbroken--

When I have felt that I wasn't worth very much, and like giving up--

When life has been too hard for too long--

I see your face, and again, I know

That it is you who have saved me

Time and time again.

  ~ ~ ~

dedicated to my one human kid and the several furry ones: Joe, Sundance, Alex, Daisy, Molly and Bosco. I hope you will forgive me my mistakes and know how dearly I love you.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who visit the Word Garden! You rock the cradle, and the whole world.

for One Shoot Sunday

37 comments:

Brian Miller said...

tears shay...this is lovely from the perspective of a mom and encompassing all we hope for our kids and what they really mean to us.

Claudia said...

beautiful shay..i failed often as a mother and could collect stickers on my wall telling "meanest mom in the world" - but yeah - in the end they know i love them...and i do..

gautami tripathy said...

No mom is mean....never was..never will be...

let it be forever

ayala said...

Shay, I love this. How true that our children save us....and there is nothing that we wouldn't do to keep them safe....

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Beautiful...first tears today, but I know I'll shed more before the day is over. On Mother's Day, I always do.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

ellen abbott said...

couldn't have been said better.

Sioux said...

What a lovely tribute. Joe is lucky to have you as a mom (unless you watched too many Paul Newman-Robert Redford movies, and named your kid "Sundance") just as you are fortunate to have Joe.

wolfsrosebud said...

Saying "I'm sorry is tough"... lovely write.

G-Man said...

Shaysie...
To be loved and nurtured by you, would be The Greatest Gift on Earth.
Thank You Fireblossom for sharing you heart with us....G

moondustwriter said...

Dearest Shay
You are loved and appreciated. Yes it is hard and I know the pain and yet with each day there is love ... and hope my friend.

Happy Mother's Day from the bottom of my heart

Moonie

Helena said...

Tears...wonderful words Shay....

˙·٠•●♥ Hɑppɣ Møtɦɛяṡ Daɣ ♥●•٠·˙

Helen said...

I am so glad you wrote this ... I needed it today.

hedgewitch said...

A beautiful poem full of light and love, reflecting the heart that wrote and lives it.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful, Shay. Happy Mother's Day!

Reflections said...

Beautifully shared. They do know... and if not yet, given a little more time in life, and they will. So much becomes clear as we grow in this life.

jen revved said...

Moving and honest, Shay-- one day this will be most precious to your child. xxxj

repressedsoul said...

Really beautiful inspiring write, "My face will never launch a thousand ships!" well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Have a happy loving day Shay

cinderkeys said...

*sniff*

Oh, and thanks for reminding me to call my mom before I get caught up in another round of chores. :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is so moving, Shay. I especially relate to "when life has been too hard for too long" and how it is your "one human kid" and the wonderful furry ones who save you, time and time again. A wonderful read this morning. Full of heart. I so love it.

Padmavani said...

Hello Shay
I loved your poem. Simple, true and bursting with love. Happy Mothers Day!
Cheers
Padmavani

Dulce said...

Can see lots of little hearts, sparkling, all over this place.. wordgarden has become lovegarden

... hey this is moving, sista!
Thank you and Happy Mother's Day
;-)

Cloudia said...

you have an amazing heart, Shay




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Tino said...

I had to laugh at Mr Fuzzy.
Children can certainly give us hope.

Mystic Margarita said...

As a mom to a four-year-old, I know exactly how you feel. Your poem just brought tears to my eyes. Happy Mother's Day.

Sean Vessey said...

This is beautiful poem about being a parent as well as a Mom. thank you for sharing.

mac said...

Happy Mothers Day, Shay !

jen revved said...

please return comments, Shay-- thanks-- j

Lynn said...

That is amazing, Shay - I know your son loves you very much. And the furry creatures, too. :)

Lolamouse said...

Aw, you made me cry. That was so beautiful and heartfelt. My baby is 15 now and I make mistakes daily. I think being able to apologize and to keep telling her I love her is the key (as well as raspberry cosmos and Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies!)

Daryl said...

(((Shay))) They know.

HermanTurnip said...

You be sure to keep that Mr. Fuzzy in line. Happy belated Mother's Day!

Salem Lorot said...

Sincere, humorous and real. What a poem Shay!

K9friend said...

Very nice poem with sentiments that any mother would echo!

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

Raven said...

Oh, you so made me cry! That was just lovely. :D

Sara said...

AWWW. You really touched my heart with this one. And reminded me of just how right you are about both kids and furry creatures:~)

Caroline Gerardo said...

Shay as a Mother and daughter I felt the wind of hugs. I know you are appreciated

Steve Isaak said...

Excellent, literate, memorable.