Today is the second day of the February Open Write at http://www.ethicalela.com. Our host today is Britt Decker of Houston, Texas. You can read today’s prompt and other poems here. And you can also share your own! Britt inspires us to write a “Me, Too!” poem. I’m writing mine in memory of and gratitude for my mother, Miriam Haynes, who would have been 80 today. She died in December 2015 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Miriam I can’t be the only one whose mother sewed her own formal dresses, who made matching clothes like in the Sound of Music, only not from drapes who was known as the crab lady on the pier of St. Simons Island, Georgia for her fisherwoman skills who could fly fish and deep sea fish and throw a cast net, too all while driving the boat. I can’t be the only one whose mother could wiggle her ears, making us laugh who could bring a dead plant back to life who rescued dogs and made them family who knew all the answers when no one else did. I can’t be the only one whose mother didn’t have enough superlatives for all the things she did so well. I can’t be the only one wishing her mother a happy heavenly birthday today missing the phone calls that made the world right again. And I’m not. My brother loved her, too and our dad, who still sends us random pictures of precious moments, reminding us how blessed we all were are forever will be because of her.