Erin Belieu

(1967 - / Ohama / Nebraska)

Another Poem For Mothers - Poem by Erin Belieu

Mother, I'm trying
to write
a poem to you—

which is how most
poems to mothers must
begin—or, What I've wanted
to say, Mother...but we
as children of mothers,
even when mothers ourselves,

cannot bear our poems
to them. Poems to
mothers make us feel

little again. How to describe
that world that mothers spin
and consume and trap

and love us in, that spreads
for years and men and miles?
Those particular hands that could

smooth anything: butter on bread,
cool sheets or weather. It's
the wonder of them, good or bad,

those mother-hands that pet
and shape and slap,
that sew you together
the pieces of a better house
or life in which you'll try
to live. Mother,

I've done no better
than the others, but for now,
here is your clever failure.

Topic(s) of this poem: mom


Comments about Another Poem For Mothers by Erin Belieu

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (3/29/2018 5:45:00 AM)


    those mother-hands that pet
    and shape and slap,
    that sew you together
    the pieces of a better house........... this is a very fine poem on mother...... God bless u. tony
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (1/3/2018 6:35:00 PM)


    WOW! How dashinating (dashing and fascinating) is this poem. Excellently created and a great pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing. A TEN and much much more for the Vote. CONGRATS for being chosen as Modern Poem of The DAY! Sincerely, Sylvia Frances Chan (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2018 6:04:00 PM)


    Mothers try their best. They may fall short too but one has to become a mother to know this. Not a piece of cake by any measure. But blaming couldn’t get one anywhere accept having credit of an excellent poem in one’s hand. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (1/3/2018 4:22:00 PM)


    That was quite a ride on the merry-go-round! I was whirled from thinking she was praising her mother to thinking she was disparaging her- -I think though that Mothers are sometimes fallible in execution of their motherly duties but profound in their unshakable love for their children. [ I'm so blessed to have had a nearly perfect mother. :) (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/3/2018 12:54:00 PM)


    Erin, such an inspiring poem penned in love... congrats for being chosen...10+++ (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2018 10:05:00 AM)


    You're carrying on the same way yourself......... you are like your mother in more ways and that happens when it comes to beginning life as mother yourself..........well expressed........thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Hassan Hayati (1/3/2018 1:10:00 AM)


    A Persian expression says: 'Paradise is under mothers soles it tries to say the high Prestige and great respect of moms. Congratulation for poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/3/2017 5:03:00 PM)

    Inspiring poem
    No great mother shall ever abandon her child++++++++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O Brian (1/3/2017 12:47:00 PM)


    that sew you together
    the pieces of a better house
    or life in which you'll try
    to live.

    A near-perfect rendering of the magic that mothers spin with articles of ordinary living.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/3/2017 8:10:00 AM)


    She is the epitome of love and care. Without her life seems barren and dry. So beautiful... (Report) Reply

  • (1/3/2017 7:52:00 AM)

    tom allport
    no amount of words can say? I love you mam, well maybe 4 words would do? (Report) Reply

  • Col Muhamad Khalid Khan (1/3/2017 5:31:00 AM)

    For Mothers
    A nice poem for the mother. Congratulations on poem of the day.
    Col Muhammad Khalid Khan
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/3/2017 4:54:00 AM)

    To Mothers
    Dedication! With butter on bread. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/10/2016 5:12:00 AM)

    Interesting Poem
    To write someone so close we do fumble with words to suit our true feelings and emotions., (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (4/7/2015 12:13:00 PM)


    Clever indeed, Erin. I think we all know the feeling and the frustration of wanting to express ourselves to our mothers, but words are stick figures. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015



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