Friday, May 9, 2014

On Mother's Day - For a Dad

by Amy LV

Students - I wrote today's poem because I have been thinking about children who do not have moms living with them.  A mom is a special person.  But a dad or a grandma or grandpa or aunt or uncle will often step in and be the mom who - for whatever reason - might not be there.  Thank you to everyone who does the job of a mom each day - dads, grandparents, other relatives, teachers, nurses, those who love us when and how we most need it.  

You will notice that this poem does not go on and on.  It is simple.  The feeling is simple too.  Sometimes too many words are too many words.

Jama is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at her delicious blog, Jama's Alphabet Soup.  Visit Jama's place to enjoy Poetry Friday fun all around the Kidlitosphere this week!

This weekend you will find me at the International Reading Association Conference in New Orleans, LA.  I will be speaking as a part of this panel about THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR SCIENCE, and I will be signing FOREST HAS A SONG at the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Booth (#1951) from 1:00pm - 2:00pm.  Can't wait!

Happy Mother's Day!

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. It's a sweet reminder, Amy, for all those who do fill that role. Although I did have a mom, one aunt was also part of my childhood especially. I used to give her a card too. Happy Mother's Day to you!

  2. Love that you celebrated those who fill in for moms who aren't there. Your drawing is very endearing too :).

  3. I agree that sometimes fewer words say it best. I found both the poem and the drawing to be simple, sweet, and striking.

  4. Beautiful thought, Amy. You're right - sometimes too many words don't say as much as just a few.

  5. My husband was one of those dad for several years, so thanks for remembering those special folks who do their best to be both!

  6. I love that you thought about the left-out-feeling kids whose mom situation isn't like everyone else's. It's a beautiful, simple poem. (And the drawing is nice too.)

    Violet N.

  7. Amy, this poem is simple and lovely-a good deal of emotion in a few words.

  8. I love your mom poem, Amy. I hope you enjoy the conference. Smiling when I think of you!

  9. Your poem is perfect.

    Hope you are having fun in Nawlans. Eat some jambalaya, gumbo, or red beans and rice for me!

  10. Amy,
    Congratulations on being part of a conference and having book signing time too. So happy for you.

    Today's poem--wonderful!

  11. So thoughtful, Amy. This is a tough holiday for people who wish their children could have a loving mom, but they don't for one reason or another. Adorable illustration!
    Good luck with the job search :-)