Momeries: A Mother’s Day Poem

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and to grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and friends who are helping to raise a child. Being a mom is the greatest joy in my life. My kids are adults and living their own lives now, but sometimes I find myself walking down memory (momery) lane, missing my littles. They (and their dad) always make Mother’s Day special for me, but this year I wanted to do something nice for them too. After reading it to my kids earlier today, I’m sharing the poem I wrote for them here.

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Writing a Mask Poem

A mask poem (also called a Persona) is written from the point of view of an object, an animal, or a person (other than yourself). Mask poems can be long or short, serious or humorous. There are no rules as far as meter or rhyme pattern goes but its important to select an interesting subject and use your imagination to reveal the feelings of the object. Is the object lonely, joyful, afraid? Why?

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How-To Poems: How to Be a Star

In this poem form, the poet walks the reader through a process, teaching them how to do something new and entertaining them along the way. The How to Poem is known as a modern poetic form sometimes used in classrooms. However, William Carlos Williams’ (1883-1963) poem, Tract, in which he guides the townspeople on how to perform a funeral, could be considered a How-To poem. 

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