For Mom, A Poem

Hanging basket of pretty flowers.

Flowers shine in the sunlight. Victoria, BC, Canada. ©2013 Christy Birmingham

It will soon be my Mom’s birthday. I celebrate her incredible spirit with this poetic tribute to her.

This is christyb, reminding you to hug someone you care for today. Never take a day or a relationship for granted.

As We Walk Together

You drench me in affection that has no strings,
An emotion that warms me in spirit, while
My waist receives your arms for a tender hug.

The lines on my face are vulnerable to fraying,
Yet you never avoid them, instead offering me
A tissue to wipe away my tears, and
Lining my heart with soft words that
Strengthen its beats.

Your eyes wash over my soul with
A cleansing breath that is solid in strength,
While your arms help hold me up when
My thoughts do stumble and fall.

I feel you take my hand as we walk forward,
Together, and we inhale the scents that
Disclose a recent rainfall has occurred.

Thank-you for being my Mom, my
Reason to smile on days when facial
Features were outside of my comfort zone.
Today I inhale your love once more and
Hug you tighter than ever, in an embrace
That needs no spoken words.

©2013 Christy Birmingham

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81 thoughts on “For Mom, A Poem

  1. rollyachabot

    Christy, your Mom will weep when she reads and is able to see the love you extend to her and the way you have shared with your online family.
    Parents are precious and always there to support. This is a special tribute to a special Mom. From all of us in Christy’s community. Mom we wish you a happy Birthday and thank you for being the Mom you are. You have raised a beautiful and precious daughter.

    Hugs from Alberta

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  2. Julie Catherine

    Oh, Christy, your lovely poem brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful tribute to your dear mother. You make me wish I had the same experience, but I love that you and your parents have such a close and loving relationship. This is exquisite, dear friend – Happy Birthday to your Mom! ~ Love and hugs from Julie xoxox

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thanks, Julie. My mom’s support has been a key one in my healing journey. So wonderful to read your words and I hope your tears are happy ones! Sending love and hugs xo Still waiting on the mail for the books to arrive (silly isn’t it!)

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  3. Valerie

    Christy,
    Your brilliant choice of words paints the depth of the emotions.
    I love the lines ” Your eyes wash over my soul with a cleansing breath that is solid in strength” and a great piece ” Today I inhale your love once more.”
    Your craftiness in weaving the tangible and intangibles is what makes your poetry exemplary.
    Keep up the good work and I know your mom will love this.

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        1. Aurora Morealist

          and to you! did you get my message about the folk trio coming to your town on Saturday night? They are angelic harmonies and fun all round for all ages, your soul will thank you if you go ❤

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  4. filbio

    Wonderful poem for your Mom. There is nothing like a Mom’s love for their child, and for that of a child to their Mom. Hope yours has a great Birthday.

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  5. Tessa

    Tissue please…where are the tissues when you need them. Beautiful poem Christy, as I try to see through my wet eyes. Beautiful words filled with much love from a beautiful daughter. I will treasure this always. Love & lots of hugs.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Your comment lights up my face, as I remember our recent times together. I am so thankful to have you in my life, Tessa, and thankful that I am able to write a tribute such as this one to express my feelings xo

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  6. Stu

    Christy, this poem is a work of art! It has so much meaning and anyone reading it can take something from it or relate to it. I am so looking forward to reading your other works.

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  7. Aquileana

    Christy…

    I think your biggest merit is how to point out different moods that are involved with such a genuine & pure feeling, as mother’s love is…

    The paragraph that I liked most is:

    “I feel you take my hand as we walk forward,
    Together, and we inhale the scents that
    Disclose a recent rainfall has occurred”.

    It seems as If I were feeling the smell of the fallen rain and the wet ground all around.
    Beautiful poem;

    Yours;

    Aquileana 🙂

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  8. Sue Dreamwalker

    Oh Christy, if I was your Mom how proud I would be…. You have created a wonderful tribute to your Mom…. wonderful sentiments dear friend… Sigh……. wonderful……….. xxxx
    Hugs Sue xxx

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Sue, I hope your ‘sigh’ here is a good one (I trust it is, judging from the rest of your comment!). Thank-you and my Mom has told me she loves the poem. I am proud to be her daughter! Hugs xx

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  9. Rachael 'Honest' Blair

    A beautiful tribute Christy, I love the last line:

    ‘Today I inhale your love once more and
    Hug you tighter than ever, in an embrace
    That needs no spoken words.’

    ‘inhale your love,’ the scent of our mothers being one of the first things we recognise from birth. It is still scent that always brings back the strongest memories of my mum, now. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Aquileana

      Rachael

      I guess that “inhale the scents of a recent rainfall” & the action of “inhaling “your (her) love” are two poetic images which are both related

      I haven´t notice it till you have pointed this connection by highlighting the paragraph you liked ;

      Cheers Aquileana 🙂

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      1. Christy Birmingham Post author

        Amalia, the “scents of a recent rainfall” refer to a recent difficult time, in which my Mom helped me through it to the blue skies or more positive situations. Cheers back to you!

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