My poem “My Mother in a Song” was published at http://run-to-the-roundhouse-nellie.com/readers-house/ this month, so I wanted to post it here as well. The prompt was MOM.
My Mother in a Song
She is the orchard
and the peaches that come later in a jar.
She is the music playing from the radio, filling the car.
“Seasons in the Sun”
“Hooked on a Feeling”
“Sunshine on My Shoulders”
“Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”
She is a clean house,
the smell of Windex and the clear pane of a window.
She is the music dancing from the cabinet stereo.
“You Make Me Feel Brand New”
“I Can See Clearly Now”
“You Are the Sunshine of My Life”
She is also the black, chilly night
an absence of light, a void without stars.
She is the music blaring out from the bars.
“One of These Nights”
“The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”
And she is the gap in the baby book,
the blank pages after age four (where writing should have been).
She is the music whispering from the record’s spin.
“When Will I See You Again?”
“Day by Day”
“Song Sung Blue”
“If You Love Me (Let Me Know)”
She is blanket laid out by the mountain stream,
roasted marshmallows, fried chicken,
bologna sandwiches—the goodness that picnics bring.
She is the song the artist loves to sing.
“The Best of My Love”
“Rocky Mountain High”
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”