By direct or indirect means
things my mother taught me are
that makeup isn’t that important
that shoes can often constrain you
warning signs can be challenges
and walls are meant for climbing
that authority must be questioned
that no one is really in charge here
elevator buttons must all be pushed
and puddles must be stepped in
that fancy restaurants are too serious
that dancing and singing heals the soul
school and work will still be around
even when you take the days off
that clothes are mostly functional
that limits are mostly imaginary
how pets are better than some humans
and the end is just around this corner
that children can still teach us things
that the emperor isn’t wearing clothes
we make funny faces when we’re angry
and to keep only things that lighten the load
6 thoughts on “My Mother Taught Me”
Did we have the same mother???
Rebecca, unlikely but good to know there are more like her!
I love your work. As a closet poet since the age of 8, I know good stuff when I see it.
Thank you. Maybe you’ll let that 8 year old poet out!
I’ll confess I’ve never been a huge fan of poetry (though I attempted to write it when I was a teenager) but this, this I like. A great reminder that sometimes we just need to stop and enjoy life. It’s a reminder I know I need when I start getting too frustrated over the little things.
Kim, that’s a great compliment. My mom is good at keeping me silly.