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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)

TITLE: What Moms Do
By Betty Castleberry


Moms are quite special, they’ve got lots to do
They fix chicken soup when their kids have the flu
Some moms are skinny, they’re as thin as a rail
And some moms do not like to step on the scale

Moms wash up the dishes and make up the beds
They pile on pillows in blues, greens, and reds
They gather up socks stained with ugly brown goo
And read story books, several more than a few

And some moms might work in an office all day
But some moms stay home, though they don’t get to play
Dust bunnies are hiding behind every door
They chase them all out, till there aren’t any more

They rock crying babies, pat dogs on the head
They get them all quiet and put them to bed
They stir up some cinnamon, sugar and flour
The cookies are baked in less than an hour

Moms wipe away moustaches painted in milk
Some can make dresses out of shimmering silk
Some know how to knit or stick beads on with glue
Some know how to swim or do art or Kung Fu

Moms can be funny, or happy or sad
But a mom can’t ever, no never, be dad
They like to get gifts of freshly picked flowers
And help kids with baths, or sometimes with showers

Moms curl their hair and put stuff on their faces
They do this before they go out to nice places
They fill their purses with tissues and crackers
To wipe runny noses and feed little snackers

And when it comes time for the long day to end
Moms get very tired, there’s no need to pretend
They kiss all the kids and they tuck them in tight
And hope they all sleep, at least most of the night

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Peter Stone05/01/08
I do not normally read poems, but this one really connected with me--it had a lovely rhythm and made me laugh in a few places. And I could not agree more about Mum's being tired at the end of the day.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/02/08
I could just see all the things that Moms do and hear the words as though it were the voice of a child, especially a little boy. Your poem left me with a smile.
Mariane Holbrook 05/02/08
What a delightful, funny, insightful poem! I think you covered all the bases and every mom who's ever pulled her 3-year-old out of a mud puddle in his church clothes can vouch for it all. A wonderful poem and I hope it's placed at the very tip-top! You deserve it with this wonderful poem! Kudos!
Emily Gibson05/03/08
Way cute! Perfect for Mother's Day! My mom who is slowly recovering from a difficult surgery really enjoyed my reading this to her.
Lenda Blackmon05/03/08
This is awesome, it would be great framed for a young mom. Being a grandma, I remember those days and now watch my girls as they raise their precious babes. Good job!!!
Joanne Sher 05/04/08
Just sweet and lovely and fun. Great images and a delightful piece. You should get this published. :)
I loved this poem. Thank you.
Joy Faire Stewart05/05/08
I love the way this flows, fun to read. The humor is great, especially enjoyed the last paragraph.
Sheri Gordon05/05/08
This would be a great card--okay, a really, really long card, but a great card. I'd love to see this illustrated. You've captured motherhood very well.
LauraLee Shaw05/05/08
This is precious, and I know there are many many mamas out there who deserve this tribute. Well done.
Chely Roach05/05/08
I LOVE the last line...that's my nightly prayer as I shut their bedroom door!
Willena Flewelling 05/06/08
What a great composite picture of Mom! There's a lot of all of us in there! Well done.
Jan Ackerson 05/06/08
Precious children's poem that practically begs for illustrations!
Mandy White05/06/08
You nailed my life here-- and so many other moms I'm sure. This was my favoite:

They fill their purses with tissues and crackers
To wipe runny noses and feed little snackers

My purse is always full of those exact things!
Joshua Janoski05/06/08
"Some moms are skinny, they’re as thin as a rail
And some moms do not like to step on the scale"

I really liked those two lines. :)

This would make a great little poem to put on something to give to moms for Mother's Day.

I loved the rhythm and the humor in this. I appreciate you sharing it.
Yvonne Blake 05/06/08
Whew! Just reading this made me tired! Well done..
Lynda Schultz 05/06/08
Great poem. I have one little thing that struck. I think I know how you meant the line to be read, but truth be told, many mothers have to play the role of father too. But, this was really fine work.
Debbie Wistrom05/07/08
Light and funny. Parts of this are just divine.

I'm still smiling. Thanks!
Sara Harricharan 05/07/08
Oh this made me smile and giggle. I loved the second to last verse about the little snackers and how Mom's put things on their faces before they go out to nice places. Hilarious! and well done! ^_^
Loren T. Lowery05/07/08
This is precious. I especially liked the last line, "hoping they would sleep most of the night" : )
How many times have I thought that very same thing. This really brigtened my day...thank-you!