May 8, 2005

Happy Mother's Day!

This wonderful poem was posted on The Well Trained Mind message boards and I thought it was just wonderful! So here is my gift to you on this Mother's Day. Read to your children and you will be blessed!

The Reading Mother

I had a Mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea,
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth,
"Blackbirds" stowed in the hold beneath

I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.

I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness blent with his final breath.

I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
Stories that stir with an upward touch,
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be-
I had a Mother who read to me.

~Strickland Gillian


mamabear said...

Nope, sorry, not a measly 6 million laying around in my checking account this week. Darn!

Happy Mothers Day to you to Laney!


CMB said...

Happy Mom's Day to you too! Thanks for the great poem.

gina said...

What a treasure. Hope your Mother's Day was as Wonderful as you are!

Jules said...

I love this poem! I used to hand this out to my classes when we talked about literacy in early childhood. I hope you had a great Mother's Day!