* Mother's Day: Give your Mom a Poetry Book
Poetry for Moms: a Gift from the Heart
Poetry for Moms? Yes, that's such a good idea!
Poetry for Mothers? Oh I hear you thinking: "Are you kidding me? I can't write a poem for my mom". But writing a poem for your mom (which is fun to do, see my article Poems to my Mom) is not what I meant. By Poetry for Moms I mean: you can give your mom a book with poems that others have written, for her to read on the quiet moments of the day.
Then you will ask: "Is a poetry book the perfect gift I should give to my mom?" And then I would say: 'Why not'.
Reading poetry can be very refreshing sometimes, sitting all cuddled up in a chair with a good glass of wine in hand's reach.
So why not surprise your mom with a (Mother's Day) present that she doesn't expect. I'm sure she will love it because poetry always has that flair of being special flowing around it.
When given by heart,
all words will sooth the
troubles in your mind.
With some sweets
and a good glass of wine,
I'm sure it's peace you'll find.
I will give you some ideas, maybe you find them appealing, maybe not, it's your choice.
Copyright Photos if not mentioned otherwise: Titia Geertman
Mothers and Daughters
A Collection of the most beautiful poems about the bond between Mothers and Daughters.
From diaper time until daughters become mothers themselves.
How many Moms do you have in your life?
You always have one, but you can have more 'Moms'
Poetry for Moms? Please do, I'm sure she will enjoy!
What crazy question is that you might ask, but it's not that crazy. You might think that you have only one mom and genetically that's totally true, because only one mom was in the position to give birth to you. However, becoming a mom or being a mom, has often nothing to do at all with giving birth, but all the more with giving love and taking care.
Moms are special, like Dads are too, in whatever capacity they perform their task.
It makes me sad to know that relationships between kids and their whatever moms are not always as good as they should be. Very often the base of broken relationships is caused by the unfulfilled expectations one has towards the other person and the incapability to really listen to what the other has to say. Mind you, I'm not a psychologist, far from that, I can only speak from a lifelong experience.
There are birth moms, steph-moms, mother-in-law moms and sometimes there are other women who feel like moms.
So yes, it is quite well possible that you have (had) more moms in your life than only one.
Let me show you all my Moms - I love and have loved them all
My Birth Mom
Well, you might have read about her (or not yet) in Poems to my Mom.
I wrote a lot of poems to my mom and about my mom.
She's 100 now and still with me.
Sometimes I hope forever, sometimes I wish for her it won't be too long anymore.
She's not in pain or anything, but bed bound and not enjoying life anymore like she used to do.
Update October 2014: My mom passed away at the age of 101 years old on April 21, 2013
Her memory will never fade.
My Substitute Mom
Irma was a Jewish girl who was sheltered at our house at the end of WW2. She was 'hired' as a housekeeper and in that time (1943) I was born and she took care of me. Whenever there was a raid, my mom used put me in her arms and let her open the door. I was pinched in my butt, so I started screaming and the Germans would not pay attention to a 'mom' with a screaming baby and use to ran right passed her. I just found this photo the other day and I'm so happy, because it's the only photo I have with her and me in that time. The photo was taken in September 1945, so I was 9 months old.
Irma married after the war and was taken to Israël. We always kept in touch and my mom and dad visited her several times and they visited us. She passed away in 2001.
My 'Feel like' Mom
She was the wife of the headmaster of the local swimming pool and when she got her first child, she was 42 and I was 15. As I was nuts about babies, I used to go overthere as much as I could, taking the baby out for a walk, babysit her and all that stuff.
I was at that age where own mothers (and fathers) did all the wrong things (in my eyes), so I thought this lady was a better mother, because she didn't tell me to do the dishes and clean up my room. When growing older, the friendship with and warm feelings for her and her husband always stayed, which I can't say for the daughter, because that sweet young girl grew into the most selfish person I've ever met.
My 'feel like' mom passed away in 2003.
My Mother in Law Mom
My MIL mom was a sweety, who got widowed quite soon after her son and I became 'steady'.
She didn't like to cook (and couldn't very well, to be honest).
Whenever we visited her for a weekend, the first thing she always did was handing over her wallet to me with the words 'here, you cook, you do the shopping and I'll eat whatever you set on the table'.
She passed away in 1975 and we didn't know until the next morning. She was in the hospital at the other side of the country and we had just moved to the South of the Netherlands and didn't have a telephone connection yet. So the hospital called the local police and they came over to tell us. It was a bit of a shock I can tell you and I've been so mad at the telephone company for not giving us the telephone connection earlier as they had promissed. (no mobiles yet at that time)
Moms are Important!
Back to Mother's Day and the Perfect Gift
Poetry for Moms I said
Poetry for Moms? Oh yes, that would be very cool!
Well, you can still buy her flowers or some sweets, a new tv or a fridge, a coffee maker or some other commercial gifts, but how do you think it would make her feel if you gave her a gift straight from your heart. One that she doesn't expect at all.
You know her, you know her hobbies, you know her likes and dislikes, so choose a poetry book that you think might suit her or look for one that expresses your feelings towards her. You can either choose a real book or a kindle edition.
What if there were no Moms? - Scary thought, isn't it.
What if there were no Moms? Ha, then you and I wouldn't have been here too,
Moms are essential to our existence you know. This Amazon.com one is only in Kindle version.
Maybe your mom is a gardener?
Peonies and Poetry
Lots of Moms are garden lovers
I think that lots of moms love to work in the garden, planting all those lovely flowers, like peonies.
I myself am a rose lover and I had about 200 different roses in my garden once, until mother nature took most of them away in the harsh winter of 2011.
I'll bet those garden loving moms would be thrilled to get this beautiful 'Poetry and Peonies' book for Mother's Day.
What sweeter combination can you think of.
Could it be that your mom likes Robert Frost?
The Poetry of Robert Frost
Who doesn't love the poetry of Robert Frost (1874 - 1963). The poet who got his inspiration from nature itself, the weather and the landscape.
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.— Robert Frost
The Poetry of Robert Frost
One reviewer said: you shoul buy this book, because you will read it all your life.
Let your mom walk in beauty with Caroline Kennedy
She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems
A beautiful collection of poems by Caroline Kennedy in which she walks through life in all her 'identities' from a young child to a grown woman.
Truly worth reading, therefor truly worth buying.
Mother's Day Celebration:
Obligatory or Voluntary
Celebrating Mother's Day: Fun or Agony? - or Filling the Pockets of Merchants Day
So often I hear around me that moms make a statement that kids should come visit them on Mother's Day and giving them a gift and I never understand that. Getting a present for mother's day is not a right, it's a gift, at least it should be a gift, voluntarily given (in my opinion) and kids should visit their mom if they want to, not because they're ordered to do so.
I myself don't value mother's day highly in the meaning of: I don't want my kids to feel obliged to give me something on that particular day. It was fun for them when they were little, but I told them long ago that I don't want any (expensive) presents and I don't want them to having to organize things in order to be able to come and visit me. It would make me feel very uneasy if I got the feeling that they come visit me because they think if they didn't I would be disappointed. So I made that very clear to them that I love them both, but that I only want to see them if it's their free choice to come over.
Older Generations of Moms
Don't forget the Moms who lost their child, they too are still moms you know
Poetry for Moms who've lost a child - Maybe words can give some comfort
No words can heal the pain,
but sometimes will sooth the mind,
when days seem darker than before
perhaps in words your peace you'll find.
by Titia Geertman
It's all in the helping spirit
The grief has always be the same,
be it now or in passed years.
Losing a child is hard to endure,
empathize with shedded tears.
by Titia Geertman
It all depends...
It all depends on how old your Mom is
In order to decide what kind of poetry you will give her
It all depends on how old your mom(s) are, wether you give them some serious or somewhat more lighthearted poetry. I can hear you say: "Yeah, all good and well, but my mom is not the type to give poetry to" and then I say: "How do you know that, have you ever tried to give her a poetry gift?"
It doesn't have to be a book, it can be something else too like a personalized mug or even an apron. Does it really matter what you give, as long as you give it from the bottom of your heart? Because that's what Mother's Day should be all about isn't it, giving Love and Appreciation?
A lovely Mother's Day Gift is to make it a personalized git. You can do that with the product you can buy in the Zazzle Stores
This Mom Loves PoetryCheck Zazzle
Even in Music there's Poetry
Or maybe your Mom is very Sportive?
Is she a Mom who likes Soccer? - even played it herself once?
If your mom is a socker lover, then I'm sure she just will love this book.
Or did she play with Marbles and lost them? - nothing wrong with losing marbles
Haven't we all thought that at one time in our lives? For some it may be just an expression, for some it became the truth.
Is your Mom a serious person, who thinks about the facts of life?
Maybe she loves to read what other women have written - different times, different rules
Through the ages there have been a lot of Women Poets, some wrote for pleasure, some wrote to protest, but all of them wrote from their hearts.