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Haiku to Mom

Posted By Amy Goyer On May 10, 2013 @ 5:33 pm In Take Care | Comments Disabled

mothers day istock photoFor Mother’s Day this year, haiku poetry seemed an appropriate medium to express feelings about our moms: short and sweet; direct, descriptive, creative; gets the point across without embellishment-kind of like our moms, right?!  

Here is my haiku for Patricia, my Mom, who surprises and amazes and teaches me every day.

Fragile and yet strong

Her heart grows for her children

Mom is love warrior 

- @amygoyer

I tweeted out my haiku and put out a call for haiku about mothers via my Twitter and AARP’s Twitter (using #haikumom) and my Facebook and AARP’s Facebook, and was overwhelmed with the quality (and quantity) of the haiku I received! Here is just a sampling of them.

These writers illustrate the full life cycle of motherhood – some with humor, some with emotion; all with descriptive details that gave me a sense of their mothers.

I am newly born

She holds me against her soul

We are both content

- Carole Dee Stark

Her arms are open

As I rush towards her smile

How I love my Mom

- Kim Fitzwater-Van Nimwegen

Iced tea always there

Pink rose yellow daffodil

Mother’s joys in life

- Nancy Payne Chowning

“In real life,” Mom said,

“People don’t eat corn in bed,”

Passing us an ear.

- Cindy Wood Bowen

Boundless energy

Eighty-one by grace of God

Pink lipstick always

- Peggy Bryant

Spit on a hanky

And words of encouragement

To clean up my life.

- @BradForenza

The one who loves you

Though you do not deserve it

And the love lives on

- Willy King

Cat lady momma

First six sons then twenty cats

Keeps giving her love

- Cindy Wood Bowen 

My beautiful mom

With a loving and pure heart

Lord, make me like her!

- Ramona McClary

Learning to adjust

My Mom remains the same

Just in a different way

- Therese Fieler Lackey

Ninety-four years old

Strong and amazingly sweet

One to emulate

- Tommie Ruiz

My ma is long dead

This sounds bad but it is true

I still miss her borscht

- @geneweingarten 

Whether their grief is fresh or long-standing, many writers honored their mothers who have passed.

Missing my mama

First Mother’s Day without her

Her spirit lives on

- Christie Groves Hunt

Sparkling eyes warm smile

Courageous living and love

To the end. Cancer.

- @transitionswork

Love lives in our hearts

Mother to all, love to spare

Hot August sorrow

- Linda Reardon

She was a puzzle

Unfathomable at times

Miss her still today

- Kim Angle Warner 

She is now long gone

Only, seems like yesterday

We talked about life

         – Fran Phelan-Logue

This writer has a final message for us all:

I am fifty-four

My Mom will be ninety-five

Each day is a gift.

- @IZ_Eastshore

Thank you all for submitting your haiku! They were all wonderful and it was a huge challenge to pick which poems to include – you are all so talented I loved each and every one!

If your haiku isn’t included here, please post it in the comments section below or on Twitter: @amygoyer or @AARP, or on my Facebook page or AARP’s Facebook page – and tell us how you celebrate Mother’s Day! Here is one more haiku to get your started:

Daughters gather now

Savory moments with Mom

Off to the buffet!

          – @amygoyer

Amy Goyer is AARP’s Home & Family Expert; she splits her time between Washington, D.C. and Phoenix, Ariz. where she is caregiving for both of her parents who live with her – follow Amy on Twitter @amygoyer and on Facebook.

Image by iStock photo.

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