Happy Mother’s Day to every Mother on Earth! I was inspired to write this poem after receiving a very heartfelt letter from my mother on my 30th birthday in March. My mother also included an old tape recording of me crying and shrieking with wonder just 3 months after birth. In the tape, I heard my mother’s gentle voice comforting me, her fingers tickling my pale new skin, coaxing the spirit out of me. I felt so much closer to her love in that moment that I started sobbing like a baby. It seems that, throughout life, we carry the purest joys around inside us, just as our mothers did. Our words and actions are that upwelling of joy, that eternal spring of youth.
Used to wonder why I had been born.
Why life had started so small and helpless.
Why I breathed my first breath with a cry.
Why I opened my hazel eyes so slowly.
Why I sucked my thumb with such vigor.
Why I slept with my right arm above my head.
Why I carried a stuffed dog over my shoulder.
Why I crawled everywhere,
taking my first steps and fell when
no one was watching.
Why I spit out the mashed peas and carrots
and blurted simple nouns.
Why I pulled my mother’s hair with glee.
Why she always tucked me in my crib so snugly.
Why I am here today is because of love
and this is why I share my thoughts
and existence with you,