Sunday, May 11, 2014

One "Bad" Mother

Don't be afraid
to be a mama's boy

like LeBron James
Bill Clinton
or Barack Obama.

You may develop
a healthier respect for women

sensitivity and empathy

and may everyone
go through life
with one mama figure
or more

birth or adopted
female or male

and today
tomorrow and after give props
to Anna Jarvis

who as a young woman
in 1908 started Mother's Day

(yes grammar nerds

with emphasis
on the apostrophe)

to honor her mother
after her death from cancer.

A religious social activist
she was against

the commercialization
of the holiday

so the iconic Beatles tune
"All You Need is Love"
is most fitting

(but she was curiously silent
about unauthorized and embarrassing

"throwback" pics
on social media).

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.