Friday, September 19, 2014

Poetry Friday: What I Learned From My Mother by Julie Kasdorf

If you haven't checked out Carol's Summer Serenity Gallery, be sure to stop by for a lingering taste of summer.  This was a wonderfully creative endeavor by Carol.  All I did was submit my poem "Stones" with a photo, and Carol did the rest.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's healing poem "Someone" comes at a especially appropriate time for me.  This has been a difficult week for family and close friends.  I am saddened that in our highly mobile world where many of us live far from family and friends that I can't reach out to physically hug them.  I am grateful that we can speak by phone and hopeful that they will feel through my spoken and written words the love that I feel for them.   

Today I share a favorite poem "What I Learned From My Mother" by Julia Kasdorf.  And since I can't be there in person to provide a chocolate cake and a hug to those I love who are suffering, I offer my love and prayers that "... Someone who's farther along the uphill path..." can provide the solace they seek. 

Amy at Poetry Farm is hosting Poetry Friday this week.  Be sure to share her site with students and parents.  I love that Amy records her poems and speaks directly to the students in her posts.  Head over for this week's round-up of poetry love at The Poem Farm.


  1. A big hug from me to you and yours, Ramona. This seems to be a tough time for so many. The poem you share here today is one that nourishes and teaches me again and again. I have sent it to my own mom countless times. It is also a wonderful example of a list poem - it is great to get the writing going. So true and gorgeous. Well wishes...

  2. This poem brought tears to my eyes today! I can't believe you've never shared it before. All things you taught me to do, which is why last week I showed up with a chocolate cake. Thank you for everything you've taught me over the years!

  3. Ramona, I'm sorry for whatever loss you and others may have to endure. It is hard when there are so many we care for who are spread all over the world. Your post is so sweet and caring, & the poem is special for all of us to appreciate. Hugs to you across the way...

  4. Very powerful, Ramona. Thank you, I hadn't read that poem before.

  5. Thank you for sharing that poem. It spoke volumes. I am sorry that you and your loved ones are going through a difficult time.