Beating Hearts

May 10, 2018

Many great women have trod this earth,

Their light flickering like a burning hearth,

Blazing inspiration into the heart of every American,

Like Sacajawea, Earhart, and Harriet Tubman.

Others preferred to cast their light on a library,

Like Alcott, Austen, and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Others favored the gleam of a Hollywood hall,

Like Shirley Temple, Doris Day, and Lucille Ball.

This list of heroines, geniuses, and celebrities seems unending,

But out of all these, I find thousands missing.

They aren’t the type a reporter would bother,

Since they’ve never been anything more than a mother.

How can people not notice these fair ladies clothed in silken love?

Or ignore their words that coo like a gentle dove?

They may not be numbered among great women of the past,

But the reasons I think they should be are vast.

Their hands steady our shaking nerves, arms, and feet.

Never do they forget to save us a seat.

Their smiles quiet our deepest pain,

And their wits help keep our heads sane.

They color the shadows of our lives with laughter,

And they seem to make God’s rainbows shine brighter.

The glistening hope they hold within

Causes their beauty to shine from under their skin.

Although their whistling and humming is a little off-tune,

It is sweet to our ears like the birds’ songs in June.

Every year, every week, every day we should shout in thanksgiving,

Because their presence helps make life worth living.

They are what holds a family together when it’s falling apart,

Pumping love, wisdom, and faith into its veins like the human heart.


    • Mariposa Aristeo

      Aw, your comments make me so happy. 🤗💜

  1. Coralie

    Aww! What a sweet poem! And it had such a fun beginning. Mom’s are amazing. Beautifully written!

    • Mariposa Aristeo

      Thank you! 😊 I’m glad you liked it and I hope it encourages you (and everyone who reads this) to give your mother a huge hug today. 🙂 🤗

    • Coralie

      My mother and I are currently in separate states, but I called her and spoke with her. And I’m currently showering my grandmother with lots of hugs and kisses and chocolate shakes! <3 Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful, amazing women!

  2. Cindy Green

    I’m drawn to your attention to rhyming detail 🙂 Lovely poem, Mariposa! <3 <3

    • Mariposa Aristeo

      Aww, thanks Cindy! 💜 Really, though, I only rhyme because I don’t know how to write free verse. 😅

  3. Grace Johnson

    Yay for moms! How appropriate this is for Mother’s Day. Great job, Mariposa. 😀

    • Mariposa Aristeo

      Yes! Mom’s are such a blessing! 💜 Thank you!

  4. Adaline

    I love this! 😍 Beautifully written

  5. Sarah

    I love your poem. Sometimes it can be hard to see everything your mother does well for the disagreements and hostility that can occur between her and yourself (at least for me); but they really are amazing people that God has gifted with crazy amounts of talent, and strength, and love.

    • Mariposa Aristeo

      Thank you! Yes, I don’t alway appreciate my mom as much as I should. I don’t think anyone can truly begin to know how much their mother has done for them through the years.

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