Saturday, April 17, 2010

Poem: "I Remember Mama"

Joanne Parrish - My Mama






I woke up this morning with Mama on my mind. She passed away years ago, but I still miss her.  It doesn't matter how old we get, our mothers remain in our hearts forever.











I Remember Mama

by CJ Heck

I remember Mama
blowing chewing gum bubbles
while she ironed.
I was too young for school,
Sesame Street wasn’t invented yet,
the rain was pouring outside
and I was awed.

I remember Mama
sewing at her machine into the night
when she had to get up early for work,
patching my favorite pair of cutoffs
'just one more time'
or putting pockets on pants
because my little brother adored them,
and I still hear her words,
"There’s all kinds of ways to say
I love you."

I remember Mama
teaching us that beauty on the inside
was more important than on the outside,
and "A kind word to someone
might be the only kind word
that person heard all day"
... and how good it felt
finding out she was right.

I remember Mama
telling us to hold onto our dreams,
make them happen, and never say "I can’t"
and how funny I thought it
when she said
the world was our watermelon
and all we had to do was
grab it and take a bite.

I remember Mama
who taught us best by example
with her unconditional love.
"Love isn’t love until it’s given away
and it’s in the giving that we know
it truly does come back ten-fold."

I remember, Mama ...


[from the book, Anatomy of a Poet]














"A writer soon learns that easy to read is hard to write." ~CJ Heck


2 comments:

Reiko said...

Hello!
Please forgive my poor English...

I live in Japan, I’m a Japanese.
I found your web site when I browse through the blogspot.
I like Celtic Woman too, especially Lisa Kelly.

I have studied English since I was a junior high school student,but
I can not express my feelings and thoughs fluently.

Your poem “I remember Mama” is so beautiful.
If I could speak English better, I’d remark on your poem.

この詩を読んで、とても穏やかな気持ちになりました。
私は一人暮らしをしていますが、
ひさしぶりに、実家に帰りたくなりました。

CJ Parrish Kempf Heck said...

thank you most sincerely, Reiko. Your kind words mean so much to me.
CJ

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