May 13, 2012

by English Muse

Hello English Muse readers! Karen from A Simple Cup of Tea once again. It’s Mother’s Day here in Belgium and I wanted to share a poem by Julia Kasdorf with you all.

What I learned from my mother
by Julia Kasdorf

I learned from my mother how to love
the living, to have plenty of vases on hand
in case you have to rush to the hospital
with peonies cut from the lawn, black ants
still stuck to the buds. I learned to save jars
large enough to hold fruit salad for a whole
grieving household, to cube home-canned pears
and peaches, to slice through maroon grape skins
and flick out the sexual seeds with a knife point.
I learned to attend viewing even if I didn’t know
the deceased, to press the moist hands
of the living, to look in their eyes and offer
sympathy, as though I understood loss even then.
I learned that whatever we say means nothing,
what anyone will remember is that we came.
I learned to believe I had the power to ease
awful pains materially like an angel.
Like a doctor, I learned to create
from another’s suffering my own usefulness, and once
you know how to do this, you can never refuse.
To every house you enter, you must offer
healing: a chocolate cake you baked yourself,
the blessing of your voice, your chaste touch.
My mum’s a strong woman. She knows what she wants, she’s a great leader and is incredible in motivating and supporting people. She’s the kind of mother that I hope to one day be for my future children: strong, kind, always there when you need her.
My mum’s not someone for grand gestures, big or expensive presents. She loves to just be around family so I had a huge breakfast delivered and invited my grandpa over so he could join my mum and brother in the eating of it.
Have a lovely Sunday and a fabulous start to the week!

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2 Responses to “Mum’s the word”

  1. Your Mum has richness beyond measure. This wisdom should be mandatory for all.
    What a beautiful world this makes. I shall try and pay homage to your mother by adopting some of these rules into my life.
    A wonderful reminder of what is important. Thanks

    Helen xx

  2. Dizzy Lizzie says:

    How lovely! 🙂

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