• Jennifer Bloom

Kaleidoscope

Updated: May 17

This Mother's Day, I offer two poems. "Kaleidoscope" is dedicated to my mom as a reflection on the beautiful complexity of our ever-evolving relationship. "A Piece of Me" is for my daughter and captures the simplicity of a moment from several years ago when she was three years old.

Kaleidoscope


Could a tapestry woven over

forty-five years be reduced

to a single thread?


Mother and daughter

growing alongside one another,

crystals in a kaleidoscope

comprised of all mothers and daughters

across time.


With each turn,

the pattern changes,

pieces land in formations

simple and clear.

With one shift,

a new image

appears

fractured

then tumbles

into fresh coherency.




A Piece of Me

(From Brainstorms)

She said, “I wanna snuggle up with you, Mama.”


I leaned against the headboard as she climbed on me,

curled herself into a ball like a kitten,

and laid her head upon my heart.


I kissed her crown and let my lips linger

in her soft curls.


I bent my head to meet hers and rested it there

until I heard her breathing, long and slow.


Sleeping.


I kissed her again and gently squeezed the tender body

that not too long ago had been a part of mine.


And we lay there as I watched the sky turn to dusk,

knowing that she will always be a piece of me.


And I, her.

the easier life gets.