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Hiding Behind Mother's Skirts - a Mother's Day Poem

Family has always been important to the author, and poetry, another love, becomes a way of incorporating what is important.

Mother and Daughter

Old image of a mother and daughter

Old image of a mother and daughter

April is National Poetry Month!

For National Poetry Month, I'm recycling one of my earlier poems. Since Mother's Day is drawing near, I thought this one might be appropriate.

A Poem for Mom


She used to hide

Behind mother’s skirts

Behind outlandish fantasies

Behind smiles that shied away.

Ever clinging

To handle-bars

To winsome wishes

To hands that held the past.


Loosening fingers

Letting go

Of silly secrets

And rainbow ribbons.

Lightly skipping

Purposeful stride

Head held high

A hand let go.


Fading chuckles

Deepened lines

Tired glances

With eyes wide open.

Faltered steps

Shaky hopes

Settling in

And looking back.



No longer hiding

Safety past

Only time

With raw regrets.

A picture tattered

Long skirt faded

A sad goodbye

And empty hand.


A fallen tear

In lonely silence

She feels behind

A growing shadow.

A life revolving

A world the same

A woman turns

And looks to see...


The little girl she thought

She’d left behind.


More about Mom and Dad

© 2011 Victoria Lynn

Comments

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 30, 2014:

Thanks, bethperry!!

Beth Perry from Tennesee on April 29, 2014:

How very lovely!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 30, 2013:

pinto--Thank you so much. Nice comment! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 30, 2013:

Thanks, CC! I'm glad you like it!

Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 30, 2013:

So nice and beautiful piece of art.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on April 30, 2013:

Beautiful. :) I love the words and images. Well done!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 16, 2012:

Ah, rahul. I love your comments. I'm glad the poem achieved creating powerful images. Thank you so much.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on May 16, 2012:

This is a brilliant poem indeed! Powerful images created and great use of poetic devices

beautiful and awesome

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 14, 2012:

Thanks, Nat! Glad you liked it! :-)

Nat Amaral from BC Canada on May 13, 2012:

A beautiful poem, Victoria. I'm sure you're mother must have appreciated this lovely dedication.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 13, 2012:

Thanks, Made. So glad you liked it. Thanks for the vote!

Madeleine Salin from Finland on May 13, 2012:

Wonderful poem. I really liked it, voted up! :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 21, 2012:

Vellur--so glad you loved the poem. That means so much!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 21, 2012:

Thanks, moonlake! I appreciate that!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 20, 2012:

Your poem is so very beautiful filled with thoughts of a mother and a child. Loved it. Awesome and beautiful. Voted up.

moonlake from America on April 20, 2012:

Wonderful poem about Mother's and their little girs. Voted Up

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 21, 2011:

Another poem about moms. Keep thinking about mine.... :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 08, 2011:

Sweet comment, stayingalivemoma, and so true! Thanks!

Valerie Washington from Tempe, Arizona on September 08, 2011:

All of us women have a little girl in us somewhere...she keeps us young!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 08, 2011:

Thanks, Jackie. I appreciate your saying that, considering what your portfolio looks like. I look forward to reading more of yours, too. Thanks for the encouragement. I wrote all of my hubs in August and have been feeling discouraged, writing none in September. I know I need to get going again. Thanks!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 07, 2011:

So beautiful and wow in just 7 weeks look what you have done!

I will have to check out your others, welcome to hubs.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 07, 2011:

Thanks, Sunshine. I'm glad I could bring a smile into your life for a change, instead of the other way around!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 07, 2011:

Awwwww Victoria! You left me speechless BUT since that's not really possible :) here goes.... What a beautiful, heartwarming poem, it make me think of my daughters and granddaughter with a smile! Love it! :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 07, 2011:

Epi, coming from you, that means everything. I pulled this poem out of a box--something I had written years ago--and I spent quite some time going over every word. I'm glad it didn't go unnoticed. Your compliments mean more than I can express.

epigramman on September 07, 2011:

...wonderful evocative writing where each word 'counts' and has special meaning .......this piece also shows great maturity in your writing skills and demonstrates to me that you are a writer to watch for at the Hub and definitely a rising star!

lake erie time 7:07pm ontario canada where September seems to be coinciding with the 'f' word - fall!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 02, 2011:

Glad you like it! Thanks for the vote!

f on September 01, 2011:

Excellently written poem. Voted up.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 01, 2011:

Vinaya..."chewing the fringe" is a nice phrase and paints quite a poignant picture. Thanks for reading and sharing.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on August 31, 2011:

My mother does not wear skirt, she wears sari and I remember myself, hiding behind her chewing the fringe of her sari.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 30, 2011:

Fennelseed, thank you! I was hoping to capture those feelings, because I have felt it myself. So good of you to comment.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 30, 2011:

Aw, thank you, shea duane. I love the word "lovely." That means a lot. I appreciate your reading my poem.

Annie Fenn from Australia on August 30, 2011:

A wonderful poem, I relate to this well. Even as a 51 year old I still feel like the little girl that I am inside.

And you have captured the transition so well, such a time of uncertainty and unfamiliarity.

Beautiful and real poetry. My votes to you.

shea duane from new jersey on August 30, 2011:

I wanted to read more of your poems because you were so kind in your post.

I love this poem, especially the last two lines... it puts all the images in context. lovely

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