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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Mothers (05/02/05)

TITLE: Somebody's Mother
By Patricia Coldiron
05/06/05


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Somebody’s Mother

She’s a small, stooped woman sitting in a chair
So quiet no one knows that she even is there
By the window she sits and gazes out at the street
Her shoes have holes and are too big for her feet

But today her mouth breaks into a smile
Her children only live down the road a mile
They’ll come visit today, it’s Mother’s Day
So much to catch up on, so much to say

The resident’s families are coming through the door
With flowers in hand and presents galore
A nice dinner is waiting, they all sit down to eat
But the woman at the window still watches the street

My lips need some lipstick and my hair a good brush
It won’t take long, I won’t have to rush
My family will be here in no time at all
I bet the grandkids have really grown tall

I’ve put on my best dress, it’s really not new
But it’s the best I have, and will have to do
They will probably bring flowers and maybe a card
We can all watch the grandkids play in the yard

As the day turned to night, she still sat in the chair
By the window still watching, she knew they’d be there
They’d burst through the door, say I’m sorry we’re late
Oh Mom, you’re so pretty, you really look great

It was now ten o’clock and getting quite late
She still wasn’t sleepy, she’d sit up and wait
Maybe they had car trouble or stopped to eat
Seeing them all would sure be a treat

The nurse came to the window, said it’s bedtime my dear
I’d almost forgotten that you were still here
So she got into bed and turned out the light
Nurse, please wake me, my family’s coming tonight.


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Madonna Hooper05/09/05
This really evoked many emotions in me. Very well written and a painful yet important message.
Phyllis Inniss 05/10/05
You've written a lovely poem about a painful experience and one shared by many. To live in hope is not to die in despair.
Carol Adams05/10/05
Well written and emotional as well. Yes, your writing evokes deep emotion.
Amy Michelle Wiley 05/12/05
What a heartbreaking poem--and yet sweet, too. Beautifully written.
Deborah Porter 05/16/05
Congratulations Patricia on your 2nd place win in the Level 1 Challenge. Well done! I can actually tell you that you weren't that far off the Editors' Choice list either. So with that in mind, I think it might be time for you to move up to Level 2. You're ready for it. Love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)