Thursday, October 15, 2009

Question Authority

Come Fly With Me

For today's Writer's Workshop, I've tried to riff off Prompt #5: Write a Poem for Your Mama.

Question Authority

Always baked the cake
I wanted for my birthday.
"Banana suits you," she said.
Beatles cranked on the car radio,
when other mothers listened to Sinatra.
A different drum is better.

Long summers in the sun
Coppertone & graham crackers
and the Mommy who made 3 p.m. snacks
for all the strays in the neighborhood.
Swim against the tide if you can.

Worked before she married,
but not behind the counter at the local Five & Dime.
Flew the friendly skies
across the Pacific and then Down South.
Find your cloud, then claim it.

They called her "stewardess," and "Hey, Miss!"
way before "politically correct" was born.
Navigated the aisles of DC-4s; relics
circling several times
to shoo the cattle off the grassy runways.
Nights in Tegucigalpa.
Focus on what's ahead; never glance behind.

Met Daddy in Venezuela;
Married in Trinidad.
Stumbled into suburban life;
raised 2 young women
and several cats.
Pour your heart into everything you do.

Went back to work to pay for college.
A new chapter opened.
Again on the road; to Buenos Aires & Berlin.
An afternoon nosh on the Thames, perhaps,
but High Tea instead of Hi-C.
Feed your soul, not your face.

Retired and moved to the city.
Always push back.
Don't let them fool you.
Question authority.

Editor's Note: My youngest just posted something about Mom for Writer's Workshop, too.


quilly said...

What a lovely tribute to your mother. It sounds like she is an adventurer!

Mom of Three said...

She sounds fearless.
You must feel so blessed!

Brian, the old man said...

That is very sweet to honor your mother this way.

Cairo Typ0 said...

This is a really nice tribute to your mother. You're lucky to have had such an great mom. :)

Tammy Howard said...

She sounds awesome. Which surprises me not even a little bit - she raised you, didn't she?

Lovely tribute. A different drum is better. Swim against the tide if you can. Perfect.

Amy said...

Very nice. (=

Just Jennifer said...

That's so awesome :D

And thanks for stopping by my bloggy. :)

Kmama said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

What a great poem and tribute to your mother. Sounds like she took the "road less traveled." What a great way to grow up.

The Royal Family said...

great! Thanks for sharing

the Buzz, Brandy

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

That was wonderful - your mom sounds like a terrific person. What a great tribute!

Raine said...

Sounds like a wonderful mom!

Susie said...

What a great way to paint a picture of your mother's life!

Honey Mommy said...

That photo is awesome... and your mom sounds awesome too!

kyslp said...

I love this - everything about it. The picture is wonderful as is the writing. Above all, your mom sounds like an awesome lady.

blueviolet said...

I just love her attitude and spunk!

mama-face said...

This post idea is a great one.

Your Mother was the coolest mom on the block! And I can feel the love you have for her. We should all write a letter to our mothers. I will tell my kids that today.

I love the title; perfectly apt.

Miss Jo said...

Really lovely seester. Just beautiful...Do you remember when mom would wear her "It's Better in the Bahamas" t-shirt, sans bra, while (in her words) "cleaning the cave ?"
Thanks for the Baba look back.


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