A Mom’s Poems

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I’ll be on a road trip in a week– so there will be no blog on the May 13th, Mother’s Day. To honor that day here are a couple of mother- related poems that are going to be in my new book “Just Her Poetry”.


It hurts less each time you leave.

But, still you take a piece of me with you.

I think of you in your youth

A sparkle in your eyes…

A joy in your laughter…

Holding you in my arms…

It all stays with me.

You grew and became.

I was amazed…

I was confounded.

At times you brought me:

Both joy and pain.

I always knew you’d leave,

There was never any doubt.

I felt a bit of pride and sadness,

When you walked to your car.

You’re doing what you’re supposed to…

And so am I.

You’ll always be in my heart,

In my mind…

In my prayers…

Each day.

So, leave as you must,

And become what you are.

Distance doesn’t mean a thing to me

No, not with you.

Know when you go, a part of me goes with you

Because you’ll always be my child–

And I your mother.

I know the world deserves you,

And you deserve the world.

I’ll go back now into my own world…

And I’ll wait for that text:

I made it home safely.

Because mothers never stop worrying…

Or being proud or loving you—even when you leave.


You showed me where you spent your days.

Each hall had a different story.

In-between I asked questions, making you uncomfortable.

But, know it is more than that.

I wanted you to feel things, as well as learn things in school.

The pace quickened…

Smiles in place with no response. So, I awkwardly added:

I only want you to be happy. That’s what is most important.

You grinned…

Maybe you heard me, maybe you didn’t.

We continued the tour, but the time had passed.

The moment, though, hadn’t. Hopefully, I thought…

Hopefully, I have placed a small seed that will grow.

Someday you will seek out this happiness I spoke of,

Then you’ll show me all the things you’ve learned!

Embrace your inner child with some poetry, D.L. Finn


28 thoughts on “A Mom’s Poems”

    1. Thank you Eden. I wrote as a mom, but intend it for all who mother:) i am looking forward to our roadtrip! Have a great week:)

    1. Thanks John. I guess that’s is every mother(and fathers) hope the child sees that someday…or my distant or not so distant one:)

      1. Our youngest was such a handful and yet today is our pride and joy. I think the secret is unconditional love. and caring. I remember saying to her after an emothional throw down, “We will never let you fail on our watch. We love you too much and will always be here for you.”

      2. I feel like every family has that one “handful”. Yes, it is all about unconditional love even if they don’t see that at the time. I love your statement. It is the truth.

    1. Thank you Mae. I am ready for our roadtrip with the long trailer–and lots of exploring!

  1. I love both of these tributes to mothers. Letting them leave was the hardest. 🙂 Great job, Denise and Happy Mother’s Day to you!

    1. Thank you Jan:) Yes, it is tough to let go and watch them drive away and at same time with a bit of pride they are doing it. Happy Mother’s Day to you as well:)

  2. Beautiful, dear Denise. Our children do take a part of us with them when they leave. Like you, it gives me great pride when I see they are living their own lives – as they must. ♥♥

    1. Thank you Gwen:) It is a moment I take with me getting just one more wave in, but we know they are as prepared as they can be for their future. Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Brought tears to my eyes, Denise. Especially the italicized lines in each.

    Wishing you an early happy Mother’s Day and a safe and joyous trip.

    1. Thank you, Stacy. It is emotional when it’s time for them to leave the nest. Happy Mother’s day to you as well. I am looking forward to the road trip:}

  4. I can so relate to your words. I am a mother of one and he doesn’t call me as much as he used to but I’m so proud of him and I love him. He’s so busy but we love each other and that’s what is important. To all the mothers on Mother’s Day!

    1. Yes, you are right that is what is important that we love each other. I know about calling….I get most of interaction by messenger:) Happy Mother’s Day, Shirley!

    1. Hi Vashit! Thank you! We plan on having a amazing road trip:) We are Disneyland bound, along many other stops along the way.

    1. Thank you, Julie! It was the hardest when my youngest set off to college, but to see him there was satisfying as well. Confusing times:) Congrats on your daughter heading off to college! Happy Mother’s day!

  5. Denise, your words are so touching and beautifully said. Mothers are every special people and need to be recognized every day, not just on a government designated day. Raising children is a life-long profession that is challenging and rewarding. Thank you for sharing your gift of poetry.

    1. Thank you, Karen:) I agree it is a life-long and everyday profession to be a mother not just one day! It can bring you the most heartache and joy in life. I wish you not only a Happy Mother’s day but entire year of joy;)

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