4    May 201026 comments

Happy Mother’s Day: The Poetry Contest

Once a year we pay attention to the moms of this world, motherhood and maternal bonds and this time we want to mark the day with something special; A poetry contest! It is a special day that has been celebrated for hundreds of years, illustrating how many people feel that motherhood is something to honored.  As a child I once asked my mother why we didn't have a children's day and she replied 'every day is children's day', and so it is.

Happy Mother's Day!

Even if the Mother's day isn't celebrated on the same day everywhere, the idea is the same across the world: mothers deserve special attention once in a while. As expected practices of mother day differ around the world. In Mexico, for example, the mother is treated to a song sung by her family, or a serenade by a hired band,  in Ethiopia, mothers day is a three day festival where everyone returns to their villages for family meal, while in Sweden attention is paid to poor mothers and their children through way of the the Swedish Red Cross sells selling small plastic flowers and  the United Kingdom. It is customary to serve Simnel Cake, a glazed fruitcake inspired by a folk tale.


In the US, Ann Jarvis has advocated the cause for Mother's day, while Julia Ward Howe has coined mother's day on this particular date with her Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Howe had become so distraught by the cruelty and carnage of the American Civil War that she called on Mother’s to come together and protest the killings of their sons and family members. To mark the occasion, she called for an international Mother's Day celebrating peace and motherhood and with a poem to give more force to her call, the first paragraph of which reads:

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

In this vein and to mark Mother's Day in a slightly different way than the obligatory breakfast in bed, we invite you to take part in our poetry contest in which we are asking you to write a short poem to your mother. Share a memory, explain why she is special, what she has taught you, what you want to thank her for, or not, it is your choice!

We will give away one nice bouquet of flowers between our blogs, which we will send to the winner's mother.

The deadline is May 10 so get writing, it doesn't have to be long as long as it conveys your feelings about your mother.  Send us an email with your poem or comment below.

Happy Mother's day!

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  1. "To Mom:"

    I am not fooled by

    your hard exterior,
    your difficulty opening up,
    your unwillingness to break down.

    You are

    an uplifting note,
    tucked inside
    my plastic lunchbox.
  2. "moms"

    they share your feelings left and right,
    thinking of things that just might,
    bring back the happy and sunny days,
    when all your troubles could be wished away.
  3. You encouraged with a smile, though they could, yet, barely stand

    with patience and love you encouraged each day
    and with that first step they were well on the way

    you nurtured tummy aches, tantrums and a sore, runny nose
    and time was a fleeting. …like the wind that blows

    at first, one little friend….before long, two
    suddenly, opinions…decisions..not listening to you

    But you loved them…spoiled them…pretended to be mad
    …sometimes you even promised, not to tell dad

    And as the wind blew it captured time on its wings
    And before you knew it…. Weird… strange things

    The hair… music ….too much time at the mall
    and for mom….hardly…………………. time at all

    And as the wind of time had its own way
    You watched them grow stronger, taller and wiser each day

    They made decisions. ….some bad….some good
    But the ticking of the clock signaled….their adulthood

    And as the wind blew…the clock did chime
    And in all of this…………….. passing of time

    You never noticed…..your place held by another
    He’d make a good dad… she’d make a good mother

    You passed the torch of a nurturing heart
    ..a new cycle of life…….a brand new start

    And as the wind did blow….the cycle did repeat
    And before you stood……………… two wobbly lil feet

    C’mon you can do it …take granny’s hand
    You encouraged with a smile…though they could yet barely stand


    Harryette Drayton 2010 copyright
  4. C’mon you can do it take mommy’s hand
    You encouraged with a smile, though they could yet barely stand

    with patience and love you encouraged each day
    and with that first step they were well on the way

    you nurtured tummy aches, tantrums and a sore, runny nose
    and time was a fleeting. …like the wind that blows

    at first, one little friend….before long, two
    suddenly, opinions…decisions..not listening to you

    But you loved them…spoiled them…pretended to be mad
    …sometimes you even promised, not to tell dad

    And as the wind blew it captured time on its wings
    And before you knew it…. Weird… strange things

    The hair… music ….too much time at the mall
    and for mom….hardly…………………. time at all

    And as the wind of time had its own way
    You watched them grow stronger, taller and wiser each day

    They made decisions. ….some bad….some good
    But the ticking of the clock signaled….their adulthood

    And as the wind blew…the clock did chime
    And in all of this…………….. passing of time

    You never noticed…..your place held by another
    He’d make a good dad… she’d make a good mother

    You passed the torch of a nurturing heart
    ..a new cycle of life…….a brand new start

    And as the wind did blow….the cycle did repeat
    And before you stood……………… two wobbly lil feet

    C’mon you can do it …take granny’s hand
    You encouraged with a smile…though they could yet barely stand


    Harryette Drayton 2010 copyright
  5. Mom
    You Are my world
    Inspiration
    Heart
    Life
    August 7, was the day you brought me to life
    the best day of my life
    because I was with you
    You encourage me
    And help me
    through the thick and thin
    You know me so well
    and that is why we have such a great connection
    You will always be my best friend
    because you gave me the knowledge
    To succeed
    And most of all
    to be me!
    Thanks mom.
    Love,
    Maya
  6. Thank you Mom

    I write this poem for my mother,
    The one I cherish above all others.

    I want to thank you mom for all you’ve done
    Beginning when my life begun.

    You helped me then, you help me now
    You definitely deserve to take a bow.

    Thank you for the time you’ve spent
    You’ll never know how much it meant.

    You’ve always been the classy one
    Yet I have always been the sassy one.

    I always knew you were the best
    Climbing high above the rest

    Things I am not are things that you are
    You brighten my life like a shining star.

    You are patient, loving, and understanding
    While I am always so demanding.

    You may not know how much I care
    But you are like an answered prayer.

    It took me awhile to comprehend
    You are more than my mother, you are my best friend
  7. To Mom:

    Every day, I try my best to be
    A mother like the mom you were to me.
  8. Here's my poem

    http://keshavnarla.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/meri-ma/
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  10. In this vein and to mark Mother's Day in a slightly different way than the obligatory breakfast in bed, we invite you to take part in our poetry contest in which we are asking you to write a short poem to your mother. Share a memory, explain why she is special, what she has taught you, what you want to thank her for, or not, it is your choice!
  11. My mother took care of me everyday that she could, from the day I was born until she couldn't be there. No matter how old she held my hand and didn't let go. No matter how much she was afraid or I was too.

    She watched me go to school. She even stayed with me all day and night where I could not see. She was with me when I went out to play, she wanted the best for me. She's my mother and she watched over me too.

    She took care of me and my family. She is the best friend that I got and I'll try to be the best son that I think I can. I love my mother and she loves me. She is my mother and I am her friend.
  12. To My Mom...

    I will need your advice
    Your guidance and wisdom
    As I enter into motherhood
    In just a few weeks

    And as much as I daydream
    Of tiny fingers and itty-bitty toes
    The reality of having a child
    Has yet to sink in

    All I can hope for is the ability
    To give my son endless love,
    Dazzling and fine, like the amazing love
    You gave me all my life
  13. Just for You – a Mother’s Day Poem
    By Rebecca J. Huseby, 2011

    In quiet moments you’ll hear her prayer
    In memory, see her standing there
    With shafts of sunlight in her hair
    Praying – just for you

    In quiet pools you’ll see her eyes
    The light that age could not disguise
    Gleaming on as time goes by
    Watching – just for you

    In quiet hours you’ll hear your name
    Her gentle voice, a sweet refrain
    A melody so sweet and plain
    Singing – just for you

    In quiet shadows on bended knee
    Talking to heaven patiently
    Time after time alone was she
    Wishing – just for you

    In quiet thought you’ll feel her there
    A memory in a rocking chair
    And on her cheek a crystal tear
    Waiting – just for you

    So take the moment while you may
    Go to her – go today
    Give your heart, your love away
    Like she has – just for you!
  14. My Mom

    She is the girl I love the best
    She is far different than all the rest.
    When she reads to me, I fall asleep
    I never have to count one sheep.

    Whenever I start to cry
    On my Mom, I can rely.
    She kisses all my tears away
    In my heart she will always stay.

    Dear Mom, I love you very much
    You always have that Midas touch.
    You always brighten up my day
    To keep you safe to God I pray.

    © 2011 Evelyn D. Hall
  15. I remember your brown hair
    Gracefully floating in the air
    Your brown eyes
    Kindly looking into mine

    You held my hands when I cried
    You brushed my hair
    And stopped my wail

    You took me shopping every day
    And when I wanted to go
    You made me want to stay

    I know you love me most
    Because of the times we went to the movies
    It was Lillo and Stitch
    Just you and me

    You are always there to cheer me up
    Your laugh is sweet and makes me happy
    The smell of your perfume tickles my nose
    And when you are gone
    I know that I will always remember you
    Because after all these years
    Your fragrance is captured within me

    I know I can be mean and stubborn
    That is why I wonder,
    I wonder how you put up with me
    And I wonder why

    No matter what,
    I will always remember
    That I am blessed to have a mother l
    Like YOU
  16. I hope free verse is okay.

    From the moment I was born, until the moment I could reason. You were the closest thing I had to God.

    You were always there from the moment I took breath, even if I couldn't see you, your caring eyes always watched over me.

    Your love everlasting and unconditional, persevered through the late night crying and the constant mess, even through aggravating distress, and one would guess, that you got pretty sick of it after a while.

    But you persevered. You pushed on through arguments and restless nights, constant uncertainty and silly fights perhaps wondering if it's worth it, this one sided deal you're in.

    But you endured, and that fills me with breathtaking adoration, because even though I had all the benefit from the situation, you had no quarrel. You still you clothed me, you fed me, you taught me the ways of the world first hand and most importantly, you gave me love.

    Love without barriers, love unconditional in practice and in theory, love not dictated by "you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours", but love ignoring all my flaws, love so vast and endless, love so strong and steadfast, that it is only surpassed by God.

    But they are one in the same, and I’m willing to proclaim that they both shine brighter then the brightest flame, and even though often I have blame, your love stays the same, for you are the way through which God has shown me love.



    Your mere presence is worth more then any present, and if I attempted to give you every single "Thank you" that you were entitle to, I would die trying.



    So, as I summarize, just know that In my eyes you are the most wonderful, caring, loving and kind hearted woman I know, and I want you to know, that every day as I make my way through the life you have helped me live, that I will make it my goal to with all my heart and soul, to love you as you have loved me.
  17. Mamma, to you

    In the darkness of your womb,
    With my first heart beat,
    I sensed your love, Mamma,
    When i kicked with my li'l feet.

    You caressed your stomach,
    When I sensed your heart of glee.
    You waited inside your room,
    As you longed to see me.

    Then i was born a girl child,
    And you shielded me with love.
    Never left my fingers alone...
    Held them under the blue above.

    You were there by my side
    As I stepped into my school.
    You helped me with my blunders
    But never lost your cool.

    Now that I am big girl,
    And about to leave you soon,
    I'll always think of you,
    In the morning, night and noon.

    I want to thank you, Mamma
    For all the years of care,
    Of love and understanding,
    And every hardship you bear.

    And all that I've achieved,
    Are for the great advised by you;
    And every time I failed,
    Was for those I never listened to.
  18. mums smile can brighten up any moment,mums hugs put joy in my day ,your love is treasured deep in my heart and always will stay ,the lessons you tough and the care you have given , have a precious part in my heart.

    I LOVE YOU MUMMY
  19. i love my mom
  20. MY MOM…A BLESSING FROM GOD

    I have had many blessing in my life,but the one blessing that means the most to me,is you Mom. From the first moment you were carrying me,and I wasn’t born yet,your love was all around me. You were already preparing for my arrival and for my life’s journey. Then that day arrived,and I was born into this big world helpless,but God knew when he picked you as my Mother,I would always be taken care of with unconditional love,never to feel helpless. As my life began on my journey,I was never alone because you were always right by my side. Loving me,guiding me,encouraging me,and my faith with God,teaching me right from wrong,always gently guiding me in the right direction. As I got older,sometimes I would go my own way,and take a wrong turn,but u always directed me back on the right path. You always had patience with me,no matter how many times I fell and messed up. Mom,I just want to tell you…Thank-you Mom,for always loving me,even though someone might have not…Thank-you Mom,for never giving up on me,even though I thought of it …Thank-you Mom for believing in me,even though someone else didn’t…Thank-you Mom,for seeing my true heart and potiential even though the world was blind to it…

    Thank-you Mom,for always putting my needs first,even though yours might have been more important at that time…Mom,there aren’t enough Thank-you’s in this world for all that u have done for me. I couldn’t imagination my life without you. Even though my journey in life isn’t over yet,it comforts me to know your in my life,and always will be for eternity.

    That’s why I know you’re a Blessing from God

    I Love You Mom…xoxo

    God Bless Always…Love Dawn

    Happy Mother’s Day
  21. My way of saying ...I love You!
  22. real good job!
  23. Dear Mother,
    Your tender touch and dedication is of great admiration.
    Your hard work is something that can never have compensation.
    Sleepless nights due to work and have a roof over our heads.
    sleepless days of preparing our breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    A single mother who above all gave all she could to her children.
    Feelings of helplessness when as a child I would watch you cry.
    Tears of worry, frustration and of trying to give us more.
    But above all you held you head up high.

    Dear mother because of you I have gotten so far.

    Dear mother you were also a role of a father.
    You taught us to be strong and independent women.
    To make our voice heard and work hard in life.

    Dear mother to me you are truly a great inspiration.
  24. Love for those special mothers is shown every single day so to all mothers out their I say
    Happy mothers Day
  25. THEY ASKED FOR A WOMEN WHO COULD WAKE UP THE BOYS FEED THE BABY REWAKE THE BOYS AND FUSS AT THE HUSBAND FOR GETING IN HER WAY SO GOD MADE A MOTHER

    THEY ASKED FOR A WOMEN WHO COULD PICK THE KIDS UP FROM SCHOOL DROP THEM OFF AT THREE DIFFERENT PRACTICES GO GROCERRY SHOPING FEED THE BABY AND ARRIVE A MINUTE EARLY TO ALL THE KIDS PRACTICES SO GOD MADE A MOTHER

    They wanted a woman who could get into a heated argument with her husband and turn around 5 minutes later and tell him how much she love him so god made a mother

    They asked for a strong woman with a nice smile and stern tone but would dress up for Halloween with her kids even though she had just worked a double so god made a mother

    Her daughters love her
    Her sons cherish her
    And her only soulmate is her husband
    GOD MADE A MOTHER
  26. My Mom

    You never appreciate mother until you have children of your own,
    It’s then you will remember, all the things your mom has shown.

    She demonstrated tenderness, patience, love and care,
    No matter what the time, no matter when or where.

    Mom wiped away your tears, she bandaged your scraped knee,
    she took you places and showed you things, you’d never thought you’d see.

    Mom gave you strength and courage in the middle of the night,
    and stayed with you, right by your side until the morning light.

    Mom taught you how to brush your teeth and how to lace your shoes,
    She taught you how to laugh, and sing and dance away the blues.

    Mom taught you how to make a sandwich, and later how to cook,
    She had you learn your manners, no matter what it took.

    Mom taught you what is rude and unkind, the things you should not do,
    She taught you how to love yourself and how to love others, too.

    She showed you right from wrong, by doing what you should.
    And how to live an honest life by doing what you could.

    She baked with you and made you cookies, let you decorate a cake,
    And Mom helped you with your homework, as long as it would take.

    Have you told her lately that you love her, and appreciate her, too,
    Have you showed her what she means to you, in all you say and do?

    So if you haven’t call your mother, within a week or two,
    tell me what you’re waiting for, must I dial for you?

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