Sunday, November 16, 2008

Poetry Train Monday - 75 - A Poem Written For My Mom

I wrote this poem for my mom about fifteen years ago, for her Mother's Day card. Since it's her birthday today, I thought I'd share it here.

This picture was taken yesterday, after she'd read about a 20th anniversay sale at Fisherman's Wharf in Bedford. Lobster was going for an incredible price, so Mom and I hopped in the car and drove out to get some. We bought three 5-pounders, one for Mom, Brad and myself, whose birthdays have just gone by. We proceeded to have a true Maritime feast! We even listened to Great Big Sea while we ate. Can't get much more down home than that.

A Poem Written For My Mom

You helped make my childhood
Soft and safe like a summer night
You urged me to reach as high
As my little fingers could reach
Even if it was for the stars
You knew I could never be disappointed
Even if all I caught were fireflies
Because wasn't that something
To watch them glow?

- Copyright - 1994 - Julia Smith


Momma said...

Julia, there is sooo much beauty in the simplicity of that poem. It's sweet and light, and conjures up images that are warm and nostalgic. I just love it. Thanks for sharing. Happy belated birthday to all.

Annette said...

What a beautiful poem, Julia. I liked the part about reaching for the stars and getting fireflies.

Birthday wishes to you all! :-)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Happy birthday, Julia's mom!

I swear, J, I can see your joy for life in the picture of her. You guys are definitely birds of the best kind of feather.

gautami tripathy said...

Love that joyous photo! Many happy returns of the day to her!

Great poem, Julia!

Akelamalu said...

Happy Birthday to Julia's Mom!

That is just a beautiful poem m'dear.

Linda Jacobs said...

I'll be honest; when I read that it was going to be a birthday poem, I thought it was going to be all Hallmarky. No way! It shows so much without getting all sappy by using tired, old cliches. Wonderfully done!

lissa said...

how sweet, simple and direct

Travis said...

I love the poem. Happy Birthday to all!

Kelly Boyce said...

I love that you listened to GBS while you ate!

Amy Ruttan said...

Mmmm that looks so good. Happy Birthday to Julia's Mom!

Isabella Snow said...

Lovely poem! And happy birthday to everyone!

Thomma Lyn said...

Wow, Julia -- that's a beautiful poem, and what a wonderful love your mother has for you. I know you must treasure it deeply. You're a lucky daughter, and your Mom is a lucky mother! :)

Julia Smith said...

My mom says hi to everyone!

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful tribute to your mom!

and ooooh lucky you 3 to feast on those lobsters!

SandyCarlson said...

I love the way this settles right into the moment and what is important. Beautifully done, friend.