It’s nearly Mother’s Day, just in case you hadn’t begun giving that a little thought. Speaking as both mother and daughter, it’s hard to beat something home-made (especially when your recipient is paying the bills!). If you’re up to it, why not write a little poem for your mother, maybe coupled with a bouquet of flowers, her favourite tea (I like Celestial Seasonings’ Tension Tamer, thanks), and a home-made card. If you aren’t up to that, the next best thing is someone else’s poetry, and I heartily endorse books of poetry for any gift, especially if you’ve taken a little time to choose something tailored for the occasion. The magnificent Carolyn Howard-Johnson and I have put together an award winning book of poetry designed just for mothers titled She Wore Emerald Then. The book has a beautiful colour cover by photographer May Lattanzio and contains thirty poems that reflect on motherhood. Two sample poems follow, along with a link to me reading the first one. JR McRae called the book “A book of finely cut gems to hold, admire, let their multi-facets flash their messages to mind, and the fine sharp edges of each plane hold the image indelibly.” In any case, and however you decide to celebrate your mother, grandmother, or the mother of your children, Happy Mother’s Day!
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