Today's poetry inspiration was by Oklahoma State University preservice teachers Araceli, Deanna, and Michelle, who encouraged us to write a poem to someone we love along the lines of Sandra Cisneros' "Abuelito Who"
My poem is dedicated to my godmother, my Aunt Louise, who died in 2019.
my precious godmother,
who is azaleas in spring, energetic abundance of blooms
light and tender, unadorned and natural,
who is fresh baked cookies, hot from the oven,
spiced with laughter,
whose voice radiates New England - pahk ya cah!
who is handwritten letters arriving every birthday,
overflowing with stories
who lets me see Mom through the eyes of a high school bestie
"I never saw your mother mentally troubled a day in my life, I never did, I never did"
delighting in their antics, back in the day
sculpts my Mom with joy and kindness
talks to me openly of all the ordinary dirt of life
who shapes this lovely nest worn with love
knits and reads and plants and tends
photos and scrapbooks
who is prayers that need saying
tells me “keep the faith!” as farewell
discovers light in sorrow, always hope, always love
my window, my insight, my heart
I treasure I treasure I treasure