Mot(her)ivator

Mother

Ralph Steadman

 

My mother is the necessity of my intention,
Making me want to do the things I should.
A sloppy boy born of sloth would she shun,
My mother.  Is the necessity of my intention
That in her presence I don’t dawdle but run?
I would please her, be a pleaser if I could.
My mother is the necessity – of my intention –
Making me want.  To do the things I should.

 

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Posted at dVerse Poets Pub for Poetics, where Jilly is asking us to write adages with a twist.  I misread the prompt and am now cleaning lemon juice from my keyboard.

29 thoughts on “Mot(her)ivator

  1. A sweet tribute to sweet parenting, when a mother is no longer that voice in your head but becomes your voice in your head… well for good or ill, but this seems for good. I think I will call my mother right now. (She’s sleeping though)

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  2. Great work with the word(s) in the title. Nice work with the adage all the way through. Hah! Lemon juice indeed…..if life gives you lemons, just give ’em a squeeze! 🙂

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    • Thank you! If life hands you lemons, make lemonade. If life hands you manure… um, don’t try to make anything out of it. Trust me on this one. (From a birthday greeting card I was given.)

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