Mama’s Way

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Mama’s Way

Censored, her son’s words,
Tell Pearl Harper hello,
 bring a mist to Mama’s eyes.
She doesn’t know a Pearl Harper,
but her son’s message sounds
urgent—

As a toddler, his words were urgent
as he screamed when a copperhead’s
tail kept slapping across his back.

That day
 on Banner Mountain, Mama flew
across the yard, and she rescued her
small son from where he sat on a board
that pinned deadly fangs beneath it.

Today . . . reading the letter from her
grown-up son in Navy uniform-–during
wartime–– she bows her head and asks
God to go where she cannot—to Pearl Harbor!

© 2013, Freeda Baker Nichols

 

 

 

10 comments on “Mama’s Way

  1. Dorothy Johnson says:

    Wonderful poem and I agree, perfect for Memorial Day.

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    • Memorial Day, a time of remembered sadness, but also filled with gratefulness for our loved ones and our country. My brother was at Pearl Harbor after the attack there, but they censored his letters and he couldn’t tell where he was. I always thought that was awesome how he got word through to Mom and Dad. My mother’s maiden name was Harper, but she had no relative named Pearl. I’m surprised the censoring personnel did not catch that and mark it out. 🙂

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  2. I’m so thankful for my Bobby’s safe return from Viet Nam…We had only been married 1 month…when he left…

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  3. Great Memorial Day poem! At my mother’s retirement community they have all of the local honor flight photos out now which are so moving.

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  4. Ginger Kemp Pruett says:

    Over the many years I have heard so many from the past talk about what they were doing or where they were when reports came ocer the radio. That was one day many said they would never forget. My grandmother had two sons in uniform, one in Navy and one in Army. They both did return home at the end.

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