Hiding Behind Mother's Skirts - a Mother's Day Poem

Old image of a mother and daughter
Old image of a mother and daughter | Source

April is National Poetry Month!

For National Poetry Month, I'm recycling one of my earlier poems. Since Mother's Day is drawing near, I thought this one might be appropriate.

a Poem for Mom


She used to hide

Behind mother’s skirts

Behind outlandish fantasies

Behind smiles that shied away.

Ever clinging

To handle-bars

To winsome wishes

To hands that held the past.


Loosening fingers

Letting go

Of silly secrets

And rainbow ribbons.

Lightly skipping

Purposeful stride

Head held high

A hand let go.


Fading chuckles

Deepened lines

Tired glances

With eyes wide open.

Faltered steps

Shaky hopes

Settling in

And looking back.



No longer hiding

Safety past

Only time

With raw regrets.

A picture tattered

Long skirt faded

A sad goodbye

And empty hand.


A fallen tear

In lonely silence

She feels behind

A growing shadow.

A life revolving

A world the same

A woman turns

And looks to see...


The little girl she thought

She’d left behind.


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shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

I wanted to read more of your poems because you were so kind in your post.

I love this poem, especially the last two lines... it puts all the images in context. lovely


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

A wonderful poem, I relate to this well. Even as a 51 year old I still feel like the little girl that I am inside.

And you have captured the transition so well, such a time of uncertainty and unfamiliarity.

Beautiful and real poetry. My votes to you.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, thank you, shea duane. I love the word "lovely." That means a lot. I appreciate your reading my poem.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Fennelseed, thank you! I was hoping to capture those feelings, because I have felt it myself. So good of you to comment.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

My mother does not wear skirt, she wears sari and I remember myself, hiding behind her chewing the fringe of her sari.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vinaya..."chewing the fringe" is a nice phrase and paints quite a poignant picture. Thanks for reading and sharing.


5 years ago

Excellently written poem. Voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you like it! Thanks for the vote!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...wonderful evocative writing where each word 'counts' and has special meaning .......this piece also shows great maturity in your writing skills and demonstrates to me that you are a writer to watch for at the Hub and definitely a rising star!

lake erie time 7:07pm ontario canada where September seems to be coinciding with the 'f' word - fall!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Epi, coming from you, that means everything. I pulled this poem out of a box--something I had written years ago--and I spent quite some time going over every word. I'm glad it didn't go unnoticed. Your compliments mean more than I can express.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Awwwww Victoria! You left me speechless BUT since that's not really possible :) here goes.... What a beautiful, heartwarming poem, it make me think of my daughters and granddaughter with a smile! Love it! :)


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Sunshine. I'm glad I could bring a smile into your life for a change, instead of the other way around!


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

So beautiful and wow in just 7 weeks look what you have done!

I will have to check out your others, welcome to hubs.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Jackie. I appreciate your saying that, considering what your portfolio looks like. I look forward to reading more of yours, too. Thanks for the encouragement. I wrote all of my hubs in August and have been feeling discouraged, writing none in September. I know I need to get going again. Thanks!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

All of us women have a little girl in us somewhere...she keeps us young!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sweet comment, stayingalivemoma, and so true! Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Another poem about moms. Keep thinking about mine.... :-)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Wonderful poem about Mother's and their little girs. Voted Up


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Your poem is so very beautiful filled with thoughts of a mother and a child. Loved it. Awesome and beautiful. Voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, moonlake! I appreciate that!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vellur--so glad you loved the poem. That means so much!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

Wonderful poem. I really liked it, voted up! :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Made. So glad you liked it. Thanks for the vote!


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Nat Amaral 4 years ago from BC Canada

A beautiful poem, Victoria. I'm sure you're mother must have appreciated this lovely dedication.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Nat! Glad you liked it! :-)


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

This is a brilliant poem indeed! Powerful images created and great use of poetic devices

beautiful and awesome


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ah, rahul. I love your comments. I'm glad the poem achieved creating powerful images. Thank you so much.


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Beautiful. :) I love the words and images. Well done!


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

So nice and beautiful piece of art.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, CC! I'm glad you like it!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

pinto--Thank you so much. Nice comment! :-)


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

How very lovely!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, bethperry!!

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