Mothering~Midmorning

As we head towards Mother’s Day here in the United States, I am sharing some poems written about motherhood. I wrote this poem last spring about an artist’s date with my daughter. As soon as we were able to visit museums again, we took in the Modern Pinakothek together. A most inspiring day!

The Enigma of Desire Salvador Dali, Modern Pinkothek 2021

Paper cranes partially folded
fall onto the berry blanket, spread
below birch trees, whittled by winter’s
firm stand; black and white,
stark creatures of dark and light,
they oversee the murky evergreen lake.
Weedy waters reflecting my daughter,
waves of cool air spinning her weathervane hair,
fresh white limbs growing like toenails;
her new shoots point straight up in the air.

A nest of children play together there,
daughter’s on top, an anthill of energy,
upside down, face a spinning globe
of unpinned destinations.
Kids wrangle ropes, sticks and stones,
their verdant voices, megaphones.

Creatures crawling through unfiltered sand,
filthy is the oldest game in the land,
and when the weather’s tame, we, mothers, sip
Aperol sunshine with jungle gym grins.
Spring is bouncing off the ropes again,
and we enjoy the buoyancy.

© 2021 | K.Hartless

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    1. Agreed, Hobbo. It says my mother, on many of the central figure’s “flesh.” My daughter asked me, what does it say when we viewed the painting yesterday. It was a moment to see that in person with her.

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  1. Birch trees, whittled by winter’s
    firm stand; black and white,
    stark creatures of dark and light

    Creatures crawling through unfiltered sand,
    filthy is the oldest game in the land,
    and when the weather’s tame, we, mothers, sip
    Aperol sunshine with jungle gym grins.

    Loved these two stanzas in particular! 😀 Wonderful vivid images you paint throughout. Thanks for re-sharing such a heartwarming piece – glad I found it! ❤

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    1. Thank you kindly, Tom. 💜 I think that Aperol taste will always remain from my time living in Germany. It was wonderful to make art after viewing so much amazing art. I hope to have lots of these dates with daughter over the summer.

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    1. Yes, I am already plotting summer escapades. New forests and lots of imaginative adventures the three of us can enjoy. It is a special time and I am so grateful that I will be able to spend it with them, as I have only one class scheduled this summer. What escapades do you and your boys enjoy?

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      1. Ah, that’s lovely. I’m glad that you have escapes planned. It is a special time, and I’m happy that you have that time with them. Ah, well, when they were little I loved to take them to the ocean, into the forest, to museums, and as they grew, concerts, festivals, etc. This summer I will get to visit my oldest who is competing his last internship while at Univeristy, and we will have some much needed food adventures. Delicious. 😁

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      2. That sounds wonderful. Foodie adventures are definitely exciting. Can’t wait till my childrens’ palettes can enjoy that sort of fun. Than you for sharing your memories with me. 💜

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    1. Thank you. It was a special day. My daughter and I have this creative bond and it’s something I do love about our relationship. Thank you, Todd. Have a wonderful weekend. 🌸🌸

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