Friday, May 08, 2009

Found Poem for Mother's Day

When I was a little girl I used to love when Mother's Day came at the same time the lily of the valley was in bloom, and the lilacs and violets. We had all of them around our house and I used to run outside and pick a bouquet for my mom and leave it on the front step. I'd ring the doorbell and run away. One year I made a complicated boutonniere out of tin foil and expected her to wear it to church. This year I have a photo and a poem I composed from emails my mother has sent me recently. My mom is the best mom ever and I love her. I hope I am just like her when I get to be her age. (That's always been true).

The Friday Poetry roundup is at Anastasia Suen's today. Enjoy your weekend!

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Emails from Ma Andromeda Jazmon

We arrived safely home Wed.
The two motions we were most in favor of,
both lost.
Roberts Rules of Order, I guess...
Dad wishes now he had asked
to have his negative vote recorded.
Very stuffy place.
Yuh, we're trying now that
we know about the problem...

I'm saving this book
for the boys to read when they are older,
if it's still in print...
I thought it would be good to read
about what's happening in the South...

The leaves all came out while we were gone.
Women still cannot be in certain sections,
but black men can, I think.
I don't know how she does it, honestly.

Hopefully, he will take my advice.
Then it will be our turns to run around like crazy..
But be sure to have a tall fence around the garden.
Better make that a rule...or deer will have a feast,
not to mention bears......oh-oh...
Rest before the next one.

Are you o.k. for tomorrow?
Keep in mind,
I am missing the boys
but don't quite know what to do about it.
We are all too busy.
I think I'll go weed a bit..

I found a red bag in the closet,
full of clothes for emergencies here.
I would call you but it's probably bedtime there.
Hope you are getting enough rest...
and how about homework?
Is it going o.k.?
How can I help?

Let's just keep thinking and praying.
God will work it out,
if he wants them to continue...
No, I know you couldn't do it,
you are doing the goodnight stuff.
I wasn't asking you to.
But please do pray.

I will meet you at the Y at 5:15
I want to use my pass at least once in May.
Look for me when you park.
If I see you in time
I'll bring the puzzle with me.
How much do we owe you?
Love and Prayers...



jama said...

Oh, beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your mom with us, Andi. And Happy Mother's Day to you!

tanita davis said...

Wow, I'd love to do this with emails from my mother -- even more random and yet there's a pattern of "I-know-you-so-well-you-read-my-mind" to it. Makes me miss my mother.

Yat-Yee said...

So touching. Thanks for sharing a bit about your bond with your mother.

Color Online said...

Oh your mother sounds amazing. Love the poem. The rhythm, the intimacy, the sounds of the words. I imagine you've captured her voice well.

So right on time for me. I was feeling resentful about Mother's Day. Please don't judge me but the truth is I'd like for once to celebrate being a mother instead of attending service in a place where I feel no connection.

After reading your poem though I know it's okay. I'm blessed to still have my mother and next week I'll attend services where I do feel connected.


Janet said...

This is really lovely. It makes me want to meet your mother. And it makes me wish for emails from mine.

Have a great Mother's Day.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

After I posted this I was thinking it wouldn't' mean anything to anyone else... and the ending isn't strong enough. But maybe there is enough of her voice coming through to make it meaningful anyway. I also wondered about posting her words online... but they are rearranged so much that the original messages aren't there now. Just the love.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

And I want to wish you all a Happy Mother's Day! Hope you are all in a place where you have connection...

Irene Latham said...

Yes, the LOVE is most definitely there. Sweetness!

Michele said...

Your poem is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it. What a clever idea too. Happy Mother's Day.

Stacey said...

Thanks for that super-helpful SS link you put on my post. I just posted it on my class blog!

Sara said...

This is beautiful, and I love the care you've taken to use your mother's words to make them resonate even more powerfully.

Happy, happy Mother's Day. I feel blessed to be a mom and to have glimpsed a bit of mother love here.

susan said...


I gave you a Kreativ Award. Please come by.

Mary Lee said...

This poem obviously has a lot of personal meaning for you, but as the anonymous reader, what I get is such a feeling of love and companionship. It reminds me to listen more closely to MY mom!

(my word verification is hersis -- her sis!!!)

Yat-Yee said...

Andi: thanks for bidding on my calligraphy. :)

Kelly Fineman said...

What a lovely tribute, and a loving poem.

laurasalas said...

Oh, this is just wonderful. I especially love the Are you O.K.? and I will meet you stanzas.

Thanks for sharing!