[Surfnetkids: 15 Apr 2009] Mother’s Day Poems

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#1. April 15, 2009

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

What a week! With my mom in my brother’s capable hands, I took off for a whirlwind spring break college tour with my daughter and one of her friends. The two girls have really different interests (biology/zoology vs English/creative writing) and often would react completely differently to schools. At times, J. would say “Yuck, terrible vibe.” and E. would reply, “Wow, I like it!”

Including the informal tours, where the girls did not take a tour, but rather just visited friends in the dorms, we saw about a dozen schools in eight days. Despite the hectic schedule, I felt more relaxed at the end, than I did at the beginning because of the terrible week I had had after my mom’s car accident.

Many thanks to all who sent my mom their well wishes. My mom is doing a lot better, but still has a long road ahead of her. Considering what I’d been through, it was pretty ironic that I was writing about Mother’s Day this week.

Comments welcome at: http://www.barbarafeldman.com/east_coast_college_tour.html

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
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#3. Mother’s Day Poems

by Barbara J. Feldman
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Mother’s Day Poems Printable (** for premium members only)
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In celebration of mothers, I have gathered up the following poetry collections. Some include original works, others feature works from famous dead poets. Most allow the use of their poems on handmade Mother’s Day cards, but be sure to check the terms of each site for more specific usage terms.

Day For Mothers: Mother’s Day Poems
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The poems at Day for Mothers are organized into genres such as funny, religious, short, by moms, for kids and gratitude poems. Most of the poems have bylines, but the site does not specifically address usage rights or copyrights. Here’s a snippet I liked from an unknown author. “All through the year / I’ll try to do / The things that show / My love for you. / And not be happy just to say, / ‘I love you, Mother,’ on Mother’s Day.”

Mother’s Day Central: 101 Poems for Moms
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Mother’s Day Central is my pick of the week because of their great poem categories (such as Sons to Moms, Daughters to Mom, For Wives, For Step-Moms, and so on) and for their tips on writing your own poem for mom. “Most importantly, have fun! It doesn’t matter whether you’re a master poet or excellent speller – your love is sure to show through if you just do your best and enjoy the process. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be ‘made especially for my beloved Mom.'”

Mother’s Day Poems for Free
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“A mother’s love determines how / We love ourselves and others. / There is no sky we’ll ever see / Not lit by that first love.” Poet and retired college professor Nicholas Gordon shares his Mother’s Day poems. Because he allows free personal and non-commercial use of his poems, his site is a great resource for students, teachers and anyone making a homemade Mother’s Day card. Gordon is quite prolific, and his is one of today’s largest poem collections.

… Click to continue Mother’s Day Poems.

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