Mother’s Day Poetry with Sunshine

My mom and I

Mother’s Day, 2008

It is Mother’s Day weekend and today is one of those days when I am so glad I write poetry. I am blessed to be able to put my feelings to lines and publish them here at Poetic Parfait. Today’s poem is for my mom.

The wording of the first verse was inspired by the daily prompt post at terry1954. Thank-you Terry! (Coincidentally, my mom’s name is Terri. I know!)

This is christyb saying, have a wonderful weekend with whomever you call family.

You, Sunshine

If
I want to know what love is,
I simply look at your face, as
You gaze into my hazel eyes before
Your smile takes over the room.

You are my mom.

You are my filter of sunshine when the
Room seems cold and empty.
You are the warm hug
On days when I feel no feelings toward
My own facial features.

If
I could go back years and undo the
Days you cried for me,
I would. You were my rock when
My pebbles fell onto
Muddy patches in fields
That left my eyes hollow for hours.

When I take your book off the shelf,
I see kind spirit on the cover and
The binding fills with unconditional love that
A daughter only hopes to find.

I find you my mom and
I find myself rich with expensive love,
Rich with a warmness that I
Hold near to my heart,
As your hand reaches out to
Find my own once again.

Thank-you for holding my soul with your
Kind hand, thank-you for
Being the woman that
I have the pleasure to call my mom.

©2013 Christy Birmingham

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68 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Poetry with Sunshine

  1. Heather

    Ugh! You always get me with the year jerkers when I’m working! Beautiful poem Christy xox please give your mom a big hug from me! I miss you guys

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  2. rollyachabot

    Hi Christy… a beautiful poem for your Mom. Looking at you two together, it is easy to spot the similarities. Thank you for sharing her with us all… Mom be proud of your daughter… she is very special to us all.

    Hugs and Blessings from Alberta

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  3. Mary

    Insert the word Stacy! My Mama. Perfect! That was her… my Sunshine… funny, she used to sing that to me, “You Are My Sunshine!. I love you Mama! Thank you Christy! What a lovely picture of you and your Mom!

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  4. Sue Dreamwalker

    Christy your Mom sounds an incredable lady. Wonderful words and Happy Mothers Day to all mums out there. It was Mothers Day here in the UK in March. 🙂 enjoyed reading. Have a great Day! Sue xxx

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  5. penpusherpen

    A lovely tribute and poem, Christy, I’m sure your Mum is just as proud of her daughter…. hugs to you both on Mothers Day. (As Sue says, here in Britain we celebrated in March, but you’d think we could all get our act together and celebrate at the same time.. 😉 ) xx

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  6. lscotthoughts

    Simply amazing and beautiful, Christy, but I love your use of metaphor, once again, in this verse:

    If
    I could go back years and undo the
    Days you cried for me,
    I would. You were my rock when
    My pebbles fell onto
    Muddy patches in fields
    That left my eyes hollow for hours.

    Lovely, my friend..xoxo

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  7. Julie Catherine

    Christy, a beautiful poem written by a lovely lady for a lovely lady. This is a wonderful tribute to your mom – I’m sure she’s as proud of you as we are, my friend! Love and hugs, Julie xoxox

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  8. CORRIE WOERDE

    THANK YOU DEAR CHRISTY!! A POEM WRITTEN RIGHT OUT OF THE HEART…
    I’M SURE YOUR MOM LOVES IT!!!
    LIKE ALL MOMS WILL DO… I’M A MOM TOO,SO I KNOW HOW IT FEELS WHEN YOUR CHILD CREATES SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOU..A POEM ..A DRAWING..A NECKLACE MADE OUT OF FLOWERS…ETC…
    BECAUSE YOUR CHILD DID MADE IT WITH LOVE… 😉

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  9. pictimilitude

    I just LOVE your poetry. I might have to start trying my hand at it: but you and T.A. and Michele are so freakin talented, I know I must only write for myself and not compete that is pure beauty in words that is yours. 🙂
    Wonderful poem and I know your mother must be so proud! HUGS!

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  10. Tessa

    Chris, it’s after the day…but this poem continue to bring tears to my eyes each time I read it. There are things in life that money cannot buy…more precious than anything material…. We learn as we grow in life, what is important and really matters…this poem is a gift of enormous wealth, to be always treasured. LOL.

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  12. Aquileana

    Hello Christy.

    I loved both the poem and the photo… Your mom and you look lovely!..

    As to the technical achievements here, I found that you have worked well the dialectic of identification… As if it was a reflection game, mainly a game of mirrors, which, by the way, is a main topic among existentialist philosophers such as Jean Paul Sartre.

    When you see her you also find yourself
    In other words, You get your own image when you look her at the eyes.

    The verses that I found eloquent in the sense pointed out above are the following ones:

    “If I want to know what love is [I simply look at your face, as
    You gaze into my hazel eyes [ I find you my mom and
    I find myself rich with expensive love”,

    And also by the end of the poem:
    “I find you my mom and [I find myself rich with expensive love”.

    Truly touching and heartfelt…

    Best wishes to you and your mom.
    Many hugs, Aquileana 😀

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thanks honey for understanding the love with which I wrote this poem. How lovely that you came to read it from Twitter!! Really nice. You’re right that I do sometimes see similarities between her and I – and that makes me very happy as I’m so proud to be her daughter! She is an amazing woman.

      Big hugs to you – and I know you have a special connection with your mom too, which is wonderful. ♥

      Many hugs to you too!! 🙂

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