Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Michael Simms: Love

When I was a child, my mother told me
God has many faces
And She reveals Herself
In many ways.

October 13, 2019 · 20 Comments

Ellen Foos: Maternal Instinct

Her dreams were artistic,
not caught up in soap operas.
She was creating a new breed
with crayons, storybooks and blind faith.

May 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mumford & Sons — “Beloved”

A boy visits his mother in the hospital and imagines a perfect day with her: And as you leave you must know you are belovedAnd as you leave I can … Continue reading

May 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Even Then I knew

for Lisa Fay Coutley Our mother was often desperate because of my brothers and me—once she threw the dish drainer at Charles, slapped the back of Bill’s head so that … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 5 Comments

Elizabeth Gargano: Why I Chose to Be My Mother’s Caretaker

Living on Human Time When I tell friends and acquaintances that my eighty-nine-year-old mother will be moving in with my husband and me, I get two kinds of stares. One … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

Majid Naficy: The Signs of My Mother

Oh high moon! What are you waiting for? Follow your path quickly And carry my message to Isfahan From the window of my bedroom. My mother is still awake And … Continue reading

June 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Andrea Hollander: The Before and the After

At the airport terminal the coarse sound of wheeled suitcases, a toddler giggling, running a few feet beyond his father.   A brown-haired woman at the kiosk that sells last-minute … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · 3 Comments

Jose Padua: Pulling White Hairs

When I was a child I’d pull the white hairs from my mother’s head. It was a chore like any other—like making my bed in the morning, folding my clothes … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

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