Poets’s Corner: 3 For Mother’s Day From Rosemerry Trommer

Internet research came up with the history of Mother’s Day.

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The tribute was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) as a day dedicated to peace.

In 1907, Philadelphian Ana Jarvis began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day. She persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, W.V. to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the second Sunday of May.

After establishing Mother’s Day in Philadelphia, Ana Jarvis and her supporters wrote to ministers, businessman, and politicians around the U.S. promoting the idea of a national Mother’s Day. They were successful, and by 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday.

Some countries, including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Turkey, also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. But other countries of the world celebrate their own Mother’s Day at different times throughout the year. In the U.K., “Mothering Sunday” is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally on Mothering Sunday, servants were encouraged to spend the day with their mothers, taking a special “mothering cake” as a tribute.

Mothering cakes. Flowers. Chocolate. Things in big boxes. Things in small boxes (even better).

Telluride Inside… and Out offers a simple tribute in the form of three poems by our Word Woman, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

With regard to the first about the darkness, wish I had had Rosemerry around. Instead I had to make do with a night light.

Wordwoman Rosemerry Trommer, by Darby Ullyat

Wordwoman Rosemerry Trommer, by Darby Ullyat

And a word to the wise…

Mark your calendars for next weekend’s  Telluride Literary Festival. Rosemerry is one of the Burrl Girls appearing at Lit Fest’s signature event, Literary Burlesque, which is Saturday night at the Ah Haa School.  Go here for an event overview and where to get tickets for Burlesque.


Making Peace with the Darkness

You need not fear the night, my child.

Evening comes to everything.

It finds the raspberries by the road,

it finds the rabbit in her hole.

It finds the river and all its swells.

The evening comes to everything.

As silently as the rainbow bends

the evening comes to everything.

And the roadrunner stops his running

and the honey bees stop their buzzing

and the rattlesnakes stop their sunning

as the evening comes to everything.

As dark and graceful as raven’s wings,

the evening comes to everything.

Even the raindrops as they are falling,

and the Rosa woodsii as it’s blooming

and the wily raccoon who goes exploring,

yes, the evening comes to everything.

I used to fear the darkness, too,

and prayed all night for morning.

But feel how evening holds the world—

the animals, the boys, the girls,

the moms, the dads, the plants, the birds,

it holds us together, our differences blur—

oh, evening come to everything.


Reading The Secret Garden

Curled on the couch

my daughter and I

get lost for an hour

on the English moor

where the golden gorse

and the purple heather

grow wild around

the empty manor,

where once upon a time ago

I found the same garden

with the same brass key

and the same white lilies

and the same rose trees

while curled on the lap

of my own sweet mother

on another couch

in another home. I feel

in my girl the same thrill

I once felt as the story unfolds

and the characters all

learn just how much

there is to unlock.

Not far from this couch,

our small garden waits

for spring to unwinter

the frozen soil. I like to imagine

something stirring out there

in the dark beneath the snow—

the strawberry roots?

or oregano? But it is just

an imagining. Here on the couch,

there is perhaps a blossoming:

a girl who says, “Mommy,

what will happen next?”

and a mother who

feels inside of her

some long forgotten door



The Inevitable

By early afternoon, I have become

my mother. Despite mounting evidence

that the world is falling apart, I find

reasons to be grateful. The light in the leaves,

for instance. And the scent of the mint

in the garden that I let grow rampant,

the way my mother did. It is not that

I do not want to become my mother.

No, she was happy to become her mother,

and I am happy to become mine. Not

that I have any choice. I nod too much

and stay up too late and wear clothes

out of style because they make me happy.

I am glad I finally stopped fighting it.

After all, the world is falling apart,

and it’s easier to meet this fact

with a smile that often finds my face and some

very comfortable, though ugly, shoes.



2 Responses

  1. Phil Lanning says:

    Oh Mother
    You are gone eleven months now
    You have kept me safe for all this time
    I will keep my daughter safe as well
    I will tell her again of your teachings
    I will share your love for me with her
    I will prepare her for the day I too am called to heaven

  2. Lynn Bloomfield says:

    This afternoon Hartley and listened to the CD that he bought me for Mother’s Day. It was “The Nature of Love”. It reminded us of our coming together 50 years ago and of our love for each other and nature which has been intertwined through the years. We love it and will treasure it. Thank you.