Saturday, July 19, 2014

This Poem Is No / Because I'm Your Mother / And I Said So

This poem is no.
This poem is because I'm your mother.
This poem is and I said so.

No.
No, you may not wear makeup.
No, you may not ride alone.
No, you may not have an iPhone to hide behind
or cliff jump with your friends.
This poem is no.

Because I'm your mother.
Egg-bearer.
Birth canal.
Other end of the umbilical cord.
Bringer of you, baby.
This poem is because I'm your mother.

And I said so.
I bribed gods to get you here.
I breathe prayers over you as you sleep.
I swore that I would always be an adult for you.
This poem is and I said so.

This poem is no.
This poem is mother.
This poem said so.

My attempt at Hannah's Boomerang Metaphors for Real Toads

22 comments:

Fireblossom said...

"Bringer of you, baby". Love that.

Susan said...

Yikes! You are perfectly clear. Sorry I asked!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I do love this one!!! I've said it all -- four times!!

Gail said...

Oh, I love this!!

A poem I should have known years ago.

Helen said...

OMG! This is, this is, this is! Great.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

So, what exactly is it you are trying to say....

Hannah said...

MZ!!! You've worked magic of this form!! *clapping my hands* Truly, what a joy to read this piece...it SO works for the topic you've chosen to present...the supporting stanzas and succession are perfect!

Thank you for writing, Mama Zen!

Sumana Roy said...

i love how the poem gets transformed at the end...i can see the stern mother :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I. LOVE. THIS. (Has Baby Puppy gotten that old? no way!) Fierce mother lion, do what you must to keep that girl safe. Tell her I said so!!!!! (I love that you breathe prayers over her as she sleeps.)Raising daughters requires a lot of praying. Because we were girls once and we know what's out there.

Grandmother (Mary) said...

The clear, tender, fierce love in this is a gift to yor daughter. As a mother of a daughter, I love this.

Sioux said...

This should be framed and hung up in some homes.

Thankfully my daughter is 34 now, way past me saying "no," but Sherry BS is right. Raising girls is rough, but if you and your daughter survive until she's in her mid-twenties, you'll be rich beyond compare, because you will have a girl who is a fiercely loyal friend as well as a daughter.

Carol Steel said...

So lovely...

Kerry O'Connor said...

Other end of the umbilical cord...

This poem is perfect!

Marina Sofia said...

Not just for mothers of girls - mothers of boys have a lot of 'nos' to say as well! Love this poem - and it does sound all too familiar!

Arushi Ahuja said...

Mothers can be so cute at times in there adament no's its just fun making her say no just for the heck of irritating her ... its really cute when her nose twitches and forehead furrows... how cute.. made me think of my mom!! loved it!:)

Grace said...

As a mother with a 15 year old daughter, I love every line ~

Susie Clevenger said...

I love this! Where was this poem when I was raising two girls?

Lolamouse said...

All hail Queen Mom!

manicddaily said...

Ah. Well done. k.

grapeling said...

I'd smirk, but then I think you'd wipe that off my face :/ ~

Margaret said...

This poem… is not your friend.

Ha - this poem speaks to ME! love love love it!

sillage said...

This made me cry.

I like the way you drew out the clause, "No mother said so" in italics at the end. Like, no mother "said so" for you, so you'll make sure that you love your child enough to say these things to him/her, even if your mother didn't do that for you.