Happy Birthday, Mom (A Poem)

A Painting by Mom (Mom painted original pieces and also did paintings based on other artist's works - truth be told, I'm not sure where this painting game from, but I love it and always have).

A Painting by Mom*

happy birthday


a happy day

not to mourn

but to celebrate

your smile

your laugh

your hand

with mine

a silent h

good & plenty



necco wafers

good fortune

to cherish us

to have you

to call you

to miss my


My Mom’s Cappuccino

* Mom painted original pieces and also did paintings based on other artist’s works – truth be told, I’m not sure where the inspiration for this painting came from, but I love it and always have.

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19 replies

  1. This tribute is beautiful and deeply moving. The lump I’m feeling in my throat right now is rather pleasant … Thanks for this and for the follow on my blog. I’ll be visiting often 🙂

  2. This is special for me for I share the same understanding for the love and pain of my mum!

    • I’m sorry to hear that we share this common fate; I’m so very humbled that my poem would mean something special to someone like you. Thank you for commenting, really appreciate it!

    • Thank you so much. It’s unfortunate how many of us can relate to loosing our parents and the pain that comes with it. If you would have asked me a few years ago whether I would be writing about it, publicly, I certainly would have told you that you were crazy! It really means the world to me that I have found a community of writers and readers where I can express myself on topics like this – not only as an aspiring writer, but as a fellow human. Thanks again!

  3. Excellent tribute, mister. My mom used to give us Valentine gifts such as underwear or hot pads with hearts and I miss that silly junk. Plus I miss my birthday check! I joined an athletic club made up of older ladies because I miss my mom and yours (my favorite Aunt!) and all their wisdom and humor. They’ve left a void in my heart that can only be filled a little by others, but it helps. Peace to you. cg

  4. Let that vulnerability rip! This impacts. Her painting is amazing as I imagine she was. A touching tribute, not only to your Mom, Dominic, but to all of our Moms. Thanks.

    • Thank you, Eric. Really appreciate it. She truly was amazing, I miss her terribly. Her paintings leave a trace of who she was – it’s strange, I always enjoyed them but now that she is gone, they take on a whole new meaning – they are now part of her history (our history), her legacy. I’m so happy that we have them.

  5. She is smiling about this somewhere 🙂 Beautiful! Hugs to you my friend!

    • Thanks, Tom. Much appreciated. Felt it, wrote it, hit post. Sometimes I just have to open up (which is strange – back in the day, i never would have imagined allowing such vulnerability!).

      • I lost my dad a few years ago and I find that writing about it in a public manner is helpful. I don’t know about you, but I am still puzzled when I can’t pick up the phone and call him.

        • Man you just hit the nail on the head. I still tell myself, I should call Mom, several times a day. It’s strangely endearing. I also have a pending g-chat invite with my mom in gmail – it’s always there when I am on gmail, an at times difficult reminder that she is gone, but also a symbolic note that we will one day chat again. Thanks my friend.

          • Wow. I kept a voice mail from my dad on my phone as long as I could as well. It was just nice to have it as long as I did.

            On a lighter note, best of luck tonight. Wings are weak and ready for picking.

  6. I love you and your poem

  7. aww, SWEET!

    I like necco wafers, too…esp the brown ones. they have a touch of anise in them, i believe.

    • Thank you, Tonia! Really appreciate it. My mom absolutely loved necco wafers – we used to tease her about it (but get them for her all the time, too). You are right about that – the brown ones had a hint of anise to them. She really liked good & plenty too. Wonderful memories, thank you!

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