"Poems Done on a Late Night Car .. Home" by Carl SandburgHere is a thing my heart wishes the world had more of:
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Today is the day ....
Since I have not been in a "mood for creativity" for some time now, I decided to utilize the work of others to take note of Mother's Day in the United States and several other countries. The illustration is a painting by Claude Monet, one of my "favored," and shows his wife, Camille Doncieux Monet, and their son, Jean. The piece is entitled "Woman with a Parasol" and was done in 1875. Also included is a poem by Carl Sandburg. It is the third of three published in 1916 in "Poems Done on a Late Night Car" under the title of "Home." Finally, there are two videos, the first written by John Lennon about his mother, Julia, and the second composed by James Coats in 1942 and performed here by Dolly Parton / Linda Ronstadt / Emmylou Harris. It is called "The Sweetest Gift" -- with the gift, of course, a mother's smile for her child. My own mother departed in 2012 and I miss her and appreciate her more with each passing year. I do not think of myself as having been a very good son, but I did make it a point to call her each and every mother's day even when I was far/far away .... there should be a message in those words, and today is the day ....
I heard it in the air of one night when I listened
To a mother singing softly to a child
restless and angry in the darkness.