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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Mothers (05/02/05)

TITLE: Mothers We Will Always Be
By Karri Compton
05/05/05


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Labor pains and medicine -
nowís the time to push again!
Forgotten is the suffering
when tiny lungs begin to sing.
Diapers, baby clothes and toys;
sleepless nights and daily joys.
The future holds no guarantee,
but mothers we will always be.

Up and down, this way and that,
climbing higher, falling flat.
Toddlersí curiosity,
ever something new to see.
Kissing boo-boos here and there,
hugs and tears and smiles we share.
Seasons change and so do we,
but mothers we will always be.

Off to school, now donít be late;
look what I made; itís so great!
Baseball, soccer, ballet dance;
does this shirt go with these pants?
Field trip money due today;
have you thrown that book away?
We canít watch them constantly,
but mothers we will always be.

Mom, can I please have the car?
I really need a new guitar.
Hey, that curfew isnít fair,
and whatís so bad about my hair?
Youth groupís going out of town,
unveil the graduation gown.
Most times we just canít agree,
but mothers we will always be.

Finally flown out of the nest,
pick the college thatís the best.
Marriage, what, so suddenly?
Theyíll be happy, wait and see.
Canít believe theyíre grown and then
the cycle has begun again.
They now have their own family,
but mothers we will always be.


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Jan Ackerson 05/09/05
An excellent job with rhyme and meter, and not "forcing" a rhyme with awkward wordings. Better still, a poem with both wit and wisdom. Thanks!
Helga Doermer05/10/05
You've captured images of what a mother is in poetic form very well.
Joyce Simoneaux05/16/05
Beautiful poem! So true! Congratulations!
Deborah Porter 05/16/05
Delighted to see another poem place in the Editors' Choice awards this week - and what a delightful poem it is. Lovely work Karri and it will be a great addition to the book for the "Mothers" chapter. Now I really think it may be time for you to move on up to Level 3. You're ready for it. Love, Deb

Debbie OConnor05/16/05
Great job, Karri! Congratulations on your win. The poem is delightful.