Ah mothers…so endearing, and so handy with a shotgun!
Z is for Zombie, by Kevin Lawver & Ficly.com
Read by Xe Sands
So Mother’s Day…yeah. I wanted something profound – some bit of poetry that really spoke to motherhood (either being one or having one). And I thought, “Really, how hard could it be to find a public domain poem? Phsssh!” So I looked and…
Okaaaay…must be some “angry” mother poetry (again, in the public domain), right? Sure! I mean, it will be unconventional to go “angry” for Mother’s Day, but heck, we mothers do get angry sometimes. No problem! But…
Huh. Then, I had a brainwave (and at my age, you TREASURE those, trust me) and realized that *of course* I had a piece perfect for this occasion. Ok, ok, it’s a bit unconventional as well, BUT! But what better way to honor mothers than to show them at their finest, providing cheerfulness and compassionate explanation to their children…as they show them how to lock-n-load in the face of the zombie horde? Now THAT’s a mom!
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Mother and Poet, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Read by Diane Havens
“More than any other major Victorian poet, she (Barrett Browning) explicitly and directly confronts political issues, particularly those concerning women. Like Tennyson, her husband, and many other contemporaries, she began as a disciple of Shelley who found the Romantic visionary mode compelling, and like them, she later developed a poetry of social, moral, and political commitment. Part of her sense of the poet’s responsibility appears in her many early religious poems, but it appears even more as an attachment to themes involving domestic, international, and sexual politics….
After settling in Florence after her elopement with Robert Browning in 1846, she took up the cause of Italian nationalism, and this subject produced Casa Guidi Windows (1851) and Poems before Congress (1860). “Mother and Poet” (1862), which bears the subtitle “Turin, after News from Gaeta, 1861,” is a lyric spoken by the Italian poet and patriot Laura Savio upon learning that both her sons have died in the cause of Italian liberty. Combining her interests in the fate of women, the role of the female poet, and the events of the Risorgimento, this poem records the cost and the pain of the struggle.”
~Jason Isaacs, The Victorian Web