Mother's Day - A Poem, An Introspection
Today is Mother's Day; Take a deep breath, a small pause; reflect on this Journey so far.
Did you know that the celebration of Mother's Day origins dates back to the Ancient Greeks? In their spring festival, they celebrated the Goddess, Rhea, considered the Mother of the Gods.
In 1907, the idea started when a woman called Anna Jarvis held a small memorial service for her own mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Soon after, most places in America were observing the day and in 1914, the US president made it a national holiday, celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
I'm a huge fan of poems that reflect on our shared journeys through motherhood, the lessons learned through that experience, and making the choice to deeply believe in the long-lasting bonds between mothers and kids.
While this poem is not directly about motherhood, it touches upon the themes of love, loss, and the cycle of life.
It reflects the deep connections we form with loved ones, including our mothers, and the eventual process of letting go.
Mary Oliver's poetry often invites introspection, appreciation for the natural world, and contemplation of our place within it. While she may not have written explicitly about mothers, her words resonate with the emotions, experiences, and relationships that are integral to motherhood.
"In Blackwater Woods":