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To Honor my Mom

2 Poems to Honor my Mom

I Miss You

I – It has been six years tomorrow since you went home to God.

 

M – Mary means wished for child.

I – I wish you knew how much you are loved; I hope you do now.

S – Serenity is what I hope you feel; you had little of it in life.

S – Strength, you had more of it than you knew.

 

Y- You were far more unique than people gave you credit for.

O – Outstanding at so many things Mom that I am not: cooking, sewing, crocheting, painting, drawing, handwriting, dancing etc.

U – Undeniably big heart for those you love.

 

Just 1 More Time

 

I wish we could rock in the squeaky rocking chair together once more

I wish we could crunch popcorn when watching a movie full of gore,

I tried not to watch, but you loved to scare me, that you did adore.

I wish we could have one more beach trip to watch you collect shells at the shore.

I wish we all had 1 more camping trip, it was funny watching you swat flies galore,

I wish I heard your laughter, even if it’s at me, along with dad’s guffawing roar,

I admit it, I was just a bit of a ham when I was about the age of four,

I wish I could hear you sing and play the accordion before I slept, and you shut my door.

Mom Baby Glen and tired me in the background

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Ableism

Ableism
This is a summation of an article that I read for discussion a few years ago, in school, but it covers my own thoughts and feelings well, so I thought I would share it with my friends and family. I hope you find it worth reading.
barry-kathy-trainAbout 20% of us have some sort of disability. Therefore, ableism is a construct in our society that we cannot remove too soon. The problem is that it is deeply rooted in our vocabulary and in our subconscious. We need to stop viewing people with disabilities as defective and different (in a negative light). After all, we all have similarities and differences. In other words, we must do away with the idea that we need to be “fixed” and that we have no gift or talent to offer others. The ablest ideal allows us to marginalized, discriminated against and treated as though we have far less value than nondisabled people. (Zellwinger, 2015)
As a society, we often fail to offer full accessibility beyond getting in the front door – wheelchair ramps. After all, are wheelchair ramps, larger restrooms, curb cuts, larger dressing rooms etc. a huge bother for nondisabled people? Other accommodations can also include “braille, seeing-eye dogs/assistant dogs, ergonomic workspaces, easy to grip tools, closed captions … class note-takers, recording devices for lectures” and other services and accommodative devices or equipment. Lack of these restrict our autonomy and make us more dependent on others. Not only that, it takes away from our well-being and self-esteem. We begin to feel like a “burden.” More than that, a person with a disability often does not always have full access to healthcare. How does a person in a wheelchair get on an exam table? How does a nonverbal person communicate their problems and medical needs without a caregiver there? Medical providers need to be more aware of these difficulties (Zellwinger, 2015)
The language of ableism leads to both individual oppression as well as societal oppression as a whole. Inclusion should be the goal. Such pejorative terms include: mentally retarded, moron, high functioning, incapacitated person etc. I realize that many of these terms are used to describe a condition, or level of a condition, but more work needs to be done to find and use language with a more positive connotation. As I have said previously, I prefer the term “challenged” because a challenge does not have a negative feeling; it is just something to be dealt with or overcome. Finally, it is very important to remember that not disabilities are visible, however, that does not make them any less real.
People with disabilities should have the same rights to housing, employment, medical care, and educational access as anyone else who is considered nondisabled. In other words, they should be treated with respect and humanity individually and referring to them as a group. People with disabilities deserve to lead the best life possible.

Zellwinger, J. (2015) 6 forms of ableism we need to retire immediately Retrieved from
http://mic.com/…/6-forms-of-ableism-we-need-to-retire-immed…

Little Women Tribute

Play and Guess
The object of this poetry challenge is to come up synonyms for the given 2 words
https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/01/16/colleens-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-67-play-guess-synonymsonly/

Thank you Pat Fitspatrick for giving me this book long ago. It became one of my favorites!

Little Women is a novel, movie and a stage drama
About four little girls and their worried mama
‘Cause Papa is away fighting in the Civil War,
Since he never returns & comes through the door,
I assume he died, & they never again see the man they adore.

 

 

Little Women

Reflections of Yesteryear

Reflections of Yesteryear

Today, I received a package from my Aunt Gloria filled with memories and treasures, some never I had seen,

Some were of Grandma and Grandpa, who I never really had the chance to know, still married they were,

 Photos black and white of a smallish home, it didn’t seem quite big enough for eight active kids and teens,

Inside were also photos of a handsome young man going off to defend our country, leaving the cold, Burr.

 

I wonder what he thought as he left his family and young lady behind for California’s sunny beaches and the bugle calls,

Though he returned two years later to marry his young lady and take her with him in his gleaming blue car.

A “Just married” sign hung on the back of it as he took her to a new life at the oceanside and seagulls

I wonder what she thought as she traded green, rolling hills for palm trees and mountains tall and far.

 

As I looked through the photos, there was a card written almost 25 years after for birthday,

On the back was a note, reflecting life’s changes, he told his dad that he was going to marry a new wife,

The hope, happiness and joy felt by the young couple, so long ago, was not meant to stay,

The photos and treasures tell a story, and they are snapshots in time, reflections and intersections of life.

 Photo From Yahoo Search, Rich Cruize, 2013The Sun Peers Thru the Oceanside Pier - February 12, 2013

 

Haiku PRESS AND TOUCH

Mom 1961Senior '83

Mom and I @ the age of 17, Senior photos

GOD BLESS YOU MOM

Pressed my hand to hers,

Knew I would see her no more,

Our last moment, touch

 

Pressed Mom to me, We

Rocked in the chair of my youth

 Was a dream, our touch.

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #184 Press&Touch

Thinking of You, Mom

Mom,

As your 75th birthday draws near on New Year’s Day,

I find that dear thoughts of you come to me today,

I wish I could have planned a special day for you,

But, you hated your birthday, “just getting older,” you would say.

I work hard now, to appreciate my birthdays Mom,

It is hard I must confess, seeing that damned gray hair.

But I should not digress, and I should not give a care.

Because you had so many gifts, but you did not believe in yourself or it,

You had so many ways to help spirits lift, I wish you knew you had strength and grit.

Now that you have been at home with God for more than 5 years, I hope and pray,

That you know how special you are, God blessed you, no matter what you would say.

I hope you are the special guardian of all cats and dogs. for that was your wish.

I can imagine you surrounded by pets, frogs and polliwogs and perhaps even fish.

I love and think of you all the time, and I hope you will see my little rhyme.

Photos of Mom  – Her senior photo and below that is a photo Mom, my baby brother and myself in the background. I am falling asleep. My brother was always hungry. Lol, it is nice to know that not everything changes!

 

Mom 1961Mom Baby Glen and tired me in the background