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…
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.
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