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I Do Mom Things

Updated on August 2, 2016

I give baths

and comb hair

I clip finger nails

and give kisses over eyelids


I play with dolls

and drink her emotions when she cries

I hold her hand

and watch kid movies

I warm milk

and ride bikes

I volunteer at school


I tuck her into bed

and listen to her stories of the day

I wake just before she does in the middle of the night

every single time

I watch her adjust to different things

and watch her elegantly embrace change

I tell her how proud I am of her

every day


I wash hair

and teach her to read

I am learning

I pick her up from school

and inhale her smile

I cook dinner

and paint pictures with Crayola paint

I clean up messes

and give big, fat, warm, hugs






This Is Why I Am A Poet

This poem popped out of nowhere and landed in my thoughts just after I seasoned my vegetables prior to stewing them. The words flooded my emptiness so fast I had to put down my glass of red wine and grab a pen from the kitchen draw. As if in a hurry I ripped two sheets of paper from one of my daughters marble writing books and set out to bring this poem from the nowhere into the here with the aid of that pen.I couldn't keep up with the words scrambling for the paper. I didn't want to lose them so I scribbled as fast as I could.

This poem feels real, tangible, special to me because it expresses my thoughts of motherhood so plainly. Almost too simple but nonetheless powerful to me. As in most of my poems they flow out after I think of the first line or title, and this was no different. I edited the end a little but for the most part there wasn't much scratching out and rewriting. I didn't change anything while transposing the poem from the paper to the computer screen.

Writing about motherhood seems to be threading its way throughout a lot of my poetry these days. It comforts me to combine my love of writing with my love of being a mother. Being a mother and an artist is tantamount to my expression these days. I make no excuses anymore. I find challenges easy to overcome because I have fallen in love with the different aspects of who I am at this particular juncture in my life. I'm not always a confident person or artist for that matter but I know that poetry and poems like this one in particular stir things in me that can only be considered a shaking up of the soul.

I was a little overcome with emotion as I read this poem out loud, I can't really explain why! The tears welled up in my eyes and settled there without falling. This poem will be one of those poems that I will remember where I was when I wrote it. It will be one of those poems that remind me that I was at a huge turning point in my life.

There are times when I feel like a poem is stirring somewhere in my presence but today wasn't one of those days, so I am a little surprised that I gave birth to this one. I wasn't thinking of writing. I wasn't in a particularly creative mood but unbeknownst to me this was a day to write this special poem, this ode to being a mother, this ode to my beautiful little girl. I am grateful for the simplest things in life because they sometimes reveal what is begging to come through from the distant somewhere. I am grateful to the art of writing and the gift of being a poet today. This poem is who I am and represents the place where my trees touch the sky!


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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      @Ashantina !!! thanks and right back atcha!! stay blessed and beautiful sis !!!

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      I really love this Karen... u have such a unique way of expressing, draws me in. Stay Blessed and Beautiful sis :)

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      @vicki goodwin thank you so much for reading..this a special poem for me!! i am glad it interrupted my dinner preparations as well...again thanks thanks for your wonderful comment!!

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      Sojourner McConnell 6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      You so perfectly expressed what it is like to be a mom. Teaching others how simple mom things are such special things!

      Loved this poem! I am glad it interrupted your dinner preparations while demanding to be recorded.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      @Dee Thank you as always for your wonderful message..and i think that framing it is a wonderful suggestion that i will definitely go ahead and do..i think the 16th birthday would be awesome!!! the thought of a wedding day makes my insides do things i can't describe :) once again thanks for stopping by..have a wonderful day!! ps i submitted this into the contest :) peace and light..karen

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      Like you Karen, I loved being a mother. Some days I didn't recognize that love for I was too busy just making life work, as I know you must feel some days as well. How very wonderful that you were inspired to write this. How wonderful it will be for your daughter to read it one day...may I suggest framing it in some wonderful way then giving it to her on either her 16th birthday or her wedding day or whenever you feel it will have a wonderful impact. I am all about creating memories and this is a wonderful, glorious and beautiful memory.

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      Jannie Lui 6 years ago

      Hi Karen, what a special poem and even more touching what you wrote below...

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      Karen Gibson Roc 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      @Dexter You are so kind :) thanks for reading...peace and light..always!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Karen! I wait in anticipation to read your hubs because you always have something phenomenal to say and to share. Your words and creativity always take one to a new level. Bravo!