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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.


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



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.


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.

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