As a tribute to my mother, a fine poet, I am sharing one of her poems:
as plastic and pearl, metal and bone
click together, a glitter of shapes
in islands of color spread archipelago.
I search through singles and siblings
among the flat and globed,
opaque and opalescent
to match the missing button.
this history of wardrobes and lives?
This one and that belonged to my mother.
She who finestitched the fabric of family,
now wears the raiment of light.
the simple practice of joinery—
of love that unites both sides,
that bonds the separate, repairs the rent,
that fastens the heart together?
—Jo An C. Simmons, 2000
Happy Mother's Day, Mom! Thank you for being a terrific mother. I love you!