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for my daughter, on Mother's Day

by Michele Schottelkorb

thank you, my daughter

for making me a mother…


for tiny heartfelt kisses

for granting little wishes


for la Luna nights of endless fun

for water fights in the hot hot sun


for reading in our special chair

for accepting that I’m bad with hair


for chocolate milk filled to the top

for run and skip and twirl and hop


for unicorns and bright pink dresses

for snuggling and great big messes


for poetry and singing larks

for healing boo-boos and scaring sharks


for conversations I’d never known

for the World in light you’ve shown


for Dr Seuss; we love to rhyme

for giving me all your time


for little songs that come from nothing

for dancing with our hearts and stuffing


for kitties, dogs, snakes and turtles

for forcing me to jump my hurdles


for empathy and kindness true

for soft spirits that come from you


for midnight snacks and peter pan

for jack and sally and boogey man


for deep long gazes; bright blue eyes

for silver clouds and purple skies


for all the universe and the stars

for healing all my painful scars


for my daughter, thank you today

for making me mommy, in every way


Author's Note: for without our children, we would not be mommies... so i thank her today...

Posted on 05/09/2004
Copyright © 2022 Michele Schottelkorb

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Sarah Graves on 05/09/04 at 06:45 PM

Aww, this is so sweet Michele. Lol, I wish my mom would write me a poem :)

Posted by Anne Engelen on 05/09/04 at 07:19 PM

What a wonderful sweet poem!

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 05/09/04 at 08:44 PM

Thank you so much for this beautiful poem. I'm not normally a fan of rimed couplets, but this flowed so well that I didn't notice the rime, only the sentiment. You timed it well, at least for me, since I miss my Mom, as we're 3000 miles apart. Ok, now I can go dry my tears... :-)

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 05/10/04 at 12:25 AM

what a treat! Yes, I always think on Mom's Day, I am the grateful one for the blessings of my kids, and being blessed with them. And what treasured moments like those above, they brought to our lives. Beautiful, Michele.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 05/10/04 at 11:08 AM

happy mother's day to you Michele and may this poem find its way into every child's heart to remind them how lucky they are and loved to have one, as you.

Posted by Rula Shin on 05/10/04 at 02:25 PM

As I read through this gorgeous poem I sensed the purity of your love for your daughter and the fulfillment and joy of motherhood bursting out of every seam! You should be proud, what a wonderful gift :-)

Posted by Ginette T Belle on 05/10/04 at 10:22 PM

a poem priceless and wonderfully written...i adore it and the special relationship you have with your daughter...

Posted by Richard Trotter on 05/12/04 at 02:10 PM

lovely poem, very moving.

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 05/12/04 at 02:21 PM

Well, I really dont know what to say. This is so beautiful, so full of vibrations, so much that I feel like playing this role of a MOM or a daughter. I think I can be your MOM or your daughter, as the situation might demand. A friend is a person capable of playing all kind of roles.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/12/04 at 04:33 PM

This is truly sweet, especially because you wrote your daughter a poem instead of her writing you one, but maybe in a couple of years? :o)

Posted by Thomas K. Hunt on 05/13/04 at 04:19 AM

A very beautiful poem that i'm sure your daughter will cherish for ever

Posted by JD Clay on 05/14/04 at 01:30 AM

I think it should be Mother's Day everyday. You have certainly covered all the bases in magnificent detail, Michele. This is one for the treasure box. Pe4ce...

Posted by David R Spellman on 05/14/04 at 04:04 AM

A real sweet loving expression for both daughter and mom. You've covered it all here in exquisite style!

Posted by Jean Mollett on 05/14/04 at 05:17 AM

Hi Michele, for my daughter, on Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day, Michele. It's so beautiful, so precious. Makes ya wanta cry too. A lovely tribute for your daughter. I'm putting this one on my favorites.

Posted by Jean Mollett on 05/14/04 at 05:18 AM

Looks like a big hit.

Posted by Delilah Coyne on 04/04/06 at 11:14 PM

So full of love and adoration. A truly sweet tribute to a daughter. Lovely.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 04/06/08 at 06:11 PM

...i am humbled...this is over the top, and to think i knew michelle when...and this tribute to yo' daughter, is standing tall for it is thru them virtually all of our remaing lives[after them]is both for and from them...tresure is just a word to define the defineless...michele, this is too much! love, charlie

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/16/09 at 12:41 PM

very sweet and loving tribute to your daughter. I. too thank G-d every day for my kids. I really loved this piece. I'm adding it to my favorites!

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