6th March 2016 (Mother’s day)

by Brendan Strong

“Ugh! Mu-um!” (Me at fifteen)

How can someone so embarrassing
Teach you what it means to mean?
Or someone so domestic
Affect the lives of so many?
(And why is it someone else who tells you
And she’d never tell you herself?)

How many plans did she ruin, sticking in the oar
With advice you ignored with a yawn?

Where did the patience come from?
The nodding, nervous smile
While you do something stupid
As her heart breaks inside,
Because she knows it’s something
You have to go through
To learn how to live your own life?

It’s only a hallmark holiday
Might well be true
But it gives you a reason to stop and think
About what she means to you.

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