Saturday, May 7, 2016

My Beautiful Mother

Frances Longo Walsh  1915-1966
In memory of Frances Longo Walsh

Aunt Carol said
she could picture my mother
with grandchildren on her lap

She was a grand mother
so it stands to reason
she would’ve been
a grand grandma

an aproned, house-dressed
simple stay-at-home grandma
without fussy hair

a rock-a-bye
buxom, ample lapped grandma
with strong cradling arms
and plenty of time

a soup simmering, sauce stirring
let’s-eat-in-the-kitchen grandma

who would’ve gone down on the floor
to build wooden block towers
in primary colors
for her grandkids to topple

who would’ve comforted their cries
changed a thousand diapers
wiped a bunch of noses
given a million kisses

who would’ve read Mother Goose
sang Twinkle, Twinkle
offered Lorna Doones

She almost was—

She was counting the days

but died
while her two daughters
were expecting

Maude Carolan Pych

Elyas Joud - Born May 7, 2016

Congratulations to my step-granddaughter, Natalie Carolan Joud and her husband, Rado, on the birth of their son, Elyas, in Germany, May 7, 2016. God bless the three of them!

God bless all of you beautiful mothers!

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  1. Beautiful poem, beautiful mother and beautiful granddaughter!

  2. Thank you, Barbara. My own beautiful mother never saw her grandchildren, but I have grands and now a great-grand, and feel so mightily blessed of God. My cup overflows! ☺️