Mother's Day Poem: My Mother and I


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My Mother and I

The cicadas call

Rhythmic and wild.

The scent of jasmine

Dances on soft shadows.

The sliver of orange

Glows in the sky

Pure and demure

The softness of the night.

In the garden

dusted with the twinkling light

of ancient stars

My brother asleep

In my mother’s arm

Our evening ritual

As my little legs stumble

To keep pace.

Her soft voice

A song in my heart

As she recites

Chinese rhymes of old,

“In the sky a single star,

On the water, a single boat…”

Don’t remember how it ends

But the nearness of her

Clasped in my little clumsy hands

A fold of her silk pants

I'll never forget.


My mother is a poem
I'll never be able to write,
though everything I write
is a poem to my mother.

~Sharon Doubiago


They say the older you get, the more you need your mother. I can't agree more. But what if your mother is no longer here? What if she's in heaven and all you've are memories of her? A sad thought and for some of us, a reality that brings great sadness on certain occasions, especially Mother's Day. What do you do when you can't send her flowers or chocolates or tell the world how wonderful she is on facebook? What do you do when your heart aches for the physical nearness of the woman who taught you how to live the best life you can possibly live?

I don't know. But one thing I do know--she taught me the beauty of nature and the song that words can't sing. I remember her reciting poems to me when I could barely walk to keep up --the scene I try to recreate with the poem above. And in so doing, I hope to never forget--the moment when i feel that special bond with her--my mother and I. Ok, my brother was the third wheel, but still, I bet he can't remember that.


To all those of you who are mothers and who would be mothers and have mothers, happy Mother's day!

Here are some of my favorite quotes on mothers:

Motherhood is not for the faint-hearted. Frogs, skinned knees, and the insults of teenage girls are not meant for the wimpy.
-- Danielle Steel

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
-- Meryl Streep

A mother understands what a child does not say.
-- Jewish proverb

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
-- Chinese Proverb

Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom with the dishes.
-- P.J. O'Rourke

You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool mom--Author Unknown

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poet83 4 years ago from Windsor, Va.

A great tribute to a wonderful person! Awesome pics too! Voted up!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

I love the quotes, especially the funny ones like "everybody wants to save the earth, but no one wants to help with the dishes." My parents passed on over twenty years ago, I still miss them today. They left me some wonderful memories and advice that make me who I am today. I look forward to seeing them again some day. It is hard to lose them and I don't think the yearning for their physical presence ever really goes away, but life does go on.. it is what they would want for you. Thanks for posting this beautiful hub in honor of mothers. Voted up and shared.

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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

A great poem and great quotes! Glad to have come across your verse...!

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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful to read. I think that was the first or maybe second time I've read a poem written by you.

So touching - a great tribute to your Mum.

I wish you a Happy Mother's day.

Best Wishes.

Ps. that poster is so cool - Age 18 Perfect. They always wanna leave home then.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

gosh...such a heart rendering read, Angi.

I was getting goose bumps while reading this beautiful peom.

voted up and sharing it across!

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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos

A great poem of

extraordinry reach. Great work!

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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines

This is so beautiful Angeline! I am so lucky and happy I still have my mother with me physically. I thank God for this!

Nothing can ever replace the experience of being a mother. Pardon the cliché, but this is really the best thing that has ever happened to me - being a mother.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in the world!

Thanks for this beautiful hub my friend! Voted up and beautiful!

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, poet83, for your vote of confidence.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX


Blessings to you


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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, teaches12345, for adding to this hub with your comments. Mothers are invaluable--and losing them is the saddest thing ever. I still miss my mother and certain events would bring certain memories back. Aprpeciate your visit and comments.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

rahul, coming from you--thank you very much since you're a poet yourself.

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joyfulmommy 4 years ago

Beautiful! I think we all can relate as we all love our mothers. And being a mother myself - I enjoy reading this hub!

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Charlotte B Plum 4 years ago

Oh anglnwu, totally love this poem. It is very sincere, and so moving too. And you've got some funny quotes too! Really enjoyed reading this =)

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Lady E, thanks for your encouraging comments. Yes, age 18 and daring to go. Right now, I'm dealing with the "annoying" stage--where your kids find everything you do annoy8ng...which is very annoying to the parents too. Thanks again and have a great day.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Ruchira, thanks for your kind comments. Glad you liked it and thanks for sharing. Appreciate your visit.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, urbanichijioke, glad you liked it.

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi anginwu, this is so very beautiful, I've read it twice already!

Voting up/beautiful

Best wishes Lesley

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Jill, for your beautiful comments. I agree being a mother is the best thing that happened to me, too. It's one of those experiences that taught us humanity in its purest form--how to love unconditionally and how to empathize. Glad your mother is still around--enjoy her. Thanks for visiting.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Deborah, your vote of confidence makes me happy. Glad to hear from you and Happy Mother's Day to you!

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

joyfulmommy, thanks for your encouraging comments and judging by your profile name, you must be a wonderful mom--Happy Mother's Day to you.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Charlotte, good to see you here. Glad you liked it and thanks for the positive feedback.

Movie Master, your encouraging remarks is very appreciated. Thanks for reading it and for voting it up.

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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

What a beautiful poem. Growing up, I always envied daughters who had great relationships with their moms. It's not that my mother abused me or didn't love me. She was and still is a very loving mother. We're just extremely different. Now as an adult, I know how to handle our differences much better. But back when I was a child, it was almost impossible for us to have a normal conversation without turning it into an argument! How funny. Happy Mother's Day, Angeline!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Dear friend, I love your poem. A beautiful tribute to wonderful mom in the world. I believe that you are more than a mother, but you are a super mother. Take care and voted up!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

My 88 year old mother lives with my husband and I. I can't even think about the inevitable as I appreciate her so much. I am fortunate that she has had such a long life. Your hub is beautiful and I surely agree.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Om, thanks for your comments. My relatiionship with my mom hasn't always been a bed of roses. It has thorns too. I remember being very difficult in my teen years and it took me a while to realize how much I've taken for granted. When you become a mother, the relationship with your own mother takes on a whole new level--I can promise that. Appreciate your visit and have a great weekend.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thank you, Prasetio, for those kind words. Enjoy your day.

Pamela, you're very lucky to have your mother with you. I'm sure you're a wonderful daughter. Happy Mother's day to you and your mom.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is just beautifully done!

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Such a lovely memory you have recorded in your beautiful poem, anginwu. Not everyone has such memories and they are a lot to be thankful for! This hub is a lovely read and I imagine it will continue to generate great comments.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Audrey, appreciate your kindness.

Rtalloni, glad you enjoyed the read and thanks for commenting.

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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States

Anginwu--Lovely poem, very evocative and beautiful. I think you capture the memory very well. My mother is still alive but all of my other relatives are gone. You are reminding me to be grateful that I can wish her a happy mother's day.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Good to see you here, VirginiaLynne--thanks for your positive comments. Lucky you--your mother is still around--enjoy her and Happy Mother's day to you and your mom.

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lifesparadox 4 years ago from USA

Beautiful poem! It makes me want to go give my mom a huge hug :)

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, lifesparadox, yes, moms need to know we appreciate them every day.

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shara63 4 years ago from Delhi

Beautiful Tribute to the most beautiful realation of the world, Your memories are revealing the degree of your attachment deep!

nice one & voted up!

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, shara, glad you liked it.

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

A loving tribute to your Mother, spoken from the heart. Beautiful!

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, frogyfish, always happy to see you.

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BongSantos 4 years ago from Philippines

Thank you for this lovely tribute. My mom was the love of my life, so you can imagine what your poem did to me. I don't know what just happened, but I found myself liking the loneliness for only in it can I make the memories of my mom live again.

Truly a beautiful poem

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Thanks, BongSantos, for your kind words. I'm glad you liked the mom. Memories of our mothers will stay with us forever.

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Awesomely beautiful poem! So true, we all need our mother more as we grow old!!! Sharing this!

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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Beautiful tribute.I think the Mother’s Day implies paying more attention and exerting more effort in expressing gratitude to mothers. So there is nothing wrong in that. You can give gifts, presents ... to our mothers as long as you understand her importance in your life. How beautiful it would be if we gave our mothers presents everyday in form of love and respect, rather than Only on Mother's Day.I love your poem.It is fascinating.I voted up.

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anglnwu 3 years ago Author

Thanks, livingsta, glad you liked it.

James-wolve, I agree we should all be more appreciative of our mothers and make effort to show it.

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