Sunday, May 11, 2008

happy mother's day!

Changing of the Guard

Lately the old mothers
have been slipping from their places
falling, dying
vacating strategic positions
leaving gaps
in the front line

A new generation
of matriarchs is needed
to organize the family dinners
the baby showers and the anniversaries
and send the birthday cheques

There's a call for fresh recruits
a newly commissioned troop
of kneeling warriors
arms raised in petition and praise,
blessing the infants and the in-laws
interceding for the prodigals
alert watch-women
guarding the walls of the family

- c. 2007 by Violet Nesdoly


The photo above is my beautiful mum at sixteen. She died at 92 years in June of 2006. The photo below was taken May 19, 2006, the last time we took her on a fun outing -- to the beach at White Rock.


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY - to all moms who read here today!


Iris said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Yes, thank you, too! -E.

Slow'n'Steady said...

Sue had the poetry class read this poem Monday and talk about what we liked, what worked...

A great example of a great poem.

My mother died on Mother's Day 1996 - a lovely closure to a faithful life.

Thank you for the reminder.

violet said...

slow'n'steady - Sue did that? That's sweet of her.

Sorry to hear about your Mom's death on Mother's day 1996. Does that spoil the day for you, or make it more special?

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