Introduction

Mother is the dearest person on earth, her love is inexplicable. In this modern poem, the poet portrays the hardship a mother undergoes in bringing up her children. The poet also portrays the daughter’s affection and admiration for her mother. The poem shows that women are very affectionate and caring.

About the poet

F. Joanna is a writer. She has written civil service test materials for government agencies, a newspaper column, a national newsletter, public relations and marketing materials, Website content, award-winning children’s stories, and more. Currently, she writes greeting card poems.

Theme

The theme of the poem love and affection of a mother. The poetess praises her mother. She remembers the things given to her. Her mother gave her sacrifice, devotion, love, tears, her heart, mind, energy, and soul. The love of her mother was unfailing. She gave her strength, safety, and freedom. So, the poetess tries to be good to her daughter like her mother was to her.

Line 1-4

I often contemplate my childhood, Mom.
I am a mother now, and so I know
Hard work is mixed together with the fun;
You learned that when you raised me long ago.

The speaker of the poem says that she has imbibed many qualities from her mother. She ponders over her childhood because she is a mother now. She has come to know the pain and pleasure taken by her mother during her growth. Her mother worked hard and never spent time in idleness. She lived and faced life with fun.

Line 5-8

I think of all the things you gave to me:
Sacrifice, devotion, love and tears.
Your heart, your mind, your energy and soul-
All these you spent on me throughout the years.

The poetess remembers her mother’s sacrifice, devotion, love, and tears she has dedicated her life. Her mother raised her without any difficulty. She looked after her every need. She spent her energy on her total development.

Line 9-14

You loved me with a never-failing love
You gave me strength and sweet security,
And then you did the hardest thing of all:
You let me separate and set me free.
Every day, I try my best to be
A mother like the mom you were to me.

Mother’s love is beyond comparison. The love given by the mother made her strong and felt secure. Her mother arranged the marriage and she set her free. Now the poetess remembers everything and she wants to be like her mother. We find that the poetess shows her affection and admiration for her mother. So, she says that she is incomparable.