Beginnings & Endings
When you and I were Gaia
our love began, and our love
My mom is a Prothonotary Warbler
in a nest of soft mosses and leaves,
an Osprey always in deep defense,
and a Least Tern giving me shadow
in the sun or cooling me
with a sponge bath from the ocean.
Mom, you are my best friend
You are so kind and beautiful
You inspire me! I love that
at my age you still call me kid.
My mom is a fighter, a dreamer,
a reader and a dancer. Just like me.
I’m proud of Mom and her keen
sense of humor, as she reaches 100
in January: Keep on going strong!
Mom is the keeper of family recipes
stored loosely in a worn red and white
Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.
s l o w l y aging, I feel you slipping
away. But, when you smile at me
MaMa, I feel like your child again.
Sturdy, practical, careful and devoted
to us always. I hate the thought of losing you.
First Mother’s Day without you;
no lunch at our favorite place,
no cake—everything tastes
of salt and umami anyway.
You have no idea how much
I miss you cussing us out.
Madre mia, you live through
your Dichos, capirotada,
and Cumbia memories.
I look at our children. Still
in awe. The dream came true.
Pieces of me out in the world,
tethered by love, make my heart complete
Becoming a mother I learned why
a craft of popsicle sticks, glue and tempera paint
is a more valuable gift than diamonds.
Devout atheist, with the best skin—
your granddaughter continues
your brilliant refusal of all easy answers.
What a blessing to be a part of five
generations of strong and nurturing
women. Stay tuned for more!
Mom, I love you so much that words
cannot describe. When I am in the cocina,
you guide me from heaven to add
a pinch of this and that and reminding
me to go easy on the red pepper.
Although we are now apart, there is
so much, so much in this world,
I am glad, you cannot know or feel.
Mama, you are the first reason
I love strays and abandoned critters.
I know you deep in my bones,
but you’re still a stranger to me
Even in my darkest night,
you are my guiding light.
Mom, you can still remember
so much with your heart, I will keep
holding your heart with all my might.
Original prompt: Write a line of poetry in honor of Mother’s Day.
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