Recently, I checked out a book, “Miracles: Poems by children of the English-speaking world” by Richard Lewis from my local library. I’m currently writing a few things for children and thought the book might help me to gain a better understanding of what words appeal to them. What I found was an impressive collection of poems from children between the ages of 5-13. Since it is Mother’s Day, I went through the book and pulled out some pieces that address the subject of mothers even if the poem is not specifically written about a mother. They are not as naive and lighthearted as one would think and offer a complex description of emotions. I thought I would share a few of them with you today.
The first one refers to Mother Earth but it’s astonishing how well the child taps into the imagery of a mother’s womb.
Here we are; in the darkness,
Close to the very heart of Mother
Where her blood flows in seams of
And our picks beat a rhythm to her heart,
Where her warm brown flesh encloses
And her rocky bones trap us.
By Bronwyn Mason, Age 12
The next one is written by a little boy named David Recht, Age 10, under the subject matter “The Sea”. This one struck me as so sensitive since he seems to project his own feelings of how awful it would be to lose his mother onto a baby fish.
The little fish cries;
His mother has been
to the bottom
Trying to forget.
His stillness makes
He swims after his
The last one, written by a 10-year-old named Martha White, seems to express nostalgia and loss in her grandmother’s house. It appears the grandmother is no longer there.
“The Memory-Filled House”
Along the long, dark hallway,
Up the memory-filled stairs,
Walking down the back way,
In the bare kitchen, with a harshness in the air,
In the dining room, no table or chair,
On the sideboard, no apple, orange, or pear,
In Grandma’s room, no pictures on the wall,
Again, down the long, dark hall.
The book is filled with amazing poems on several different subjects. There wasn’t an area devoted to writing specifically about the children’s mothers and if there was, I feel that I would have found more light-hearted poems. But what I did find in the poems I pulled out was a theme of how deeply connected, to the core, we are to our mothers.
If you are lover of poetry, you may want to see if it is available at your local library.
I hope everyone has a splendid Mother’s Day!