Mother May I?

by Belinda Munoz on April 19, 2011

Leonardslee Gardens, Lower Beeding, West Sussex, UK, RH13 6PP |
My winter tears,
splashed across your frozen soil,
you turn into blossoms in the spring.

My summer sweat,
evaporating under your blazing sun,
precipitates into autumn mist.

The trail of blood,
trickling from my day of toil,
you stir into sunrise full of promise.

My hopes, my dreams, my fantasies,
unto which you breathe feathered wings,
so that they may someday soar.

What you have, I freely claim as mine.
And what I have, I clutch with a closed fist.

You keep on giving,
I keep on taking,
without as much, as a

Mother, may I?


This is a humble homage to the ever-nurturing Mother Earth in observance of International Mother Earth Day on April 22nd.


For One Shot Wednesday.


Image by ukgardenphotos

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1 [email protected] from a Peaceful Divorce April 19, 2011 at 3:09 am

Oh this is soooo lovely! I especially like the first two stanzas about the changing of the seasons. One of your best, I think!


2 ayala April 19, 2011 at 4:11 am

Belinda, this is gorgeous. I love it !


3 TheKitchenWitch April 19, 2011 at 6:16 am

I love the line about you clutching what is yours in your fist. Beautiful.


4 meg April 19, 2011 at 6:43 am

simple, exquisite, and memorable.


5 Sara Healy April 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm


Like the others, I liked this poem very much. It’s perfect for Mother Earth Day….you’re right we’d better think about asking “Mother may I….” more often than we do now.

I wanted to let you that I finally received information on the woman I am sponsoring She’s is a widow from the DRC and is raising 10 kids! I want to thank you for telling me about Women For Women International:~)

Have a wonderful day, Belinda!


6 brian April 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

yes you may…looks like a beautiful spring in your neck of the woods…she gives much doesnt she…


7 Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri April 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

“You keep on giving,
I keep on taking,
without as much, as a

Mother, may I?”

That is my favorite part of this beautiful poem. Thanks so much Belinda.


8 Patti April 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I love this, Belinda. Mother Nature would be pleased to be recognized for all she does, just like any mother would.

Thanks for your visit. I appreciate it.


9 Jannie Funster April 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Belinda, this is awesome, awesome, awesome on so many levels. At first I thought it was about romantic love, then, for a mother human, then understood the Mother Earth reference. LOVE it! Best Earth Day writing ever!



10 Glynn April 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Wonderful descriptions here – and that “you stir into sunrise full of promise” is lovely. Good poem.


11 Joanny April 20, 2011 at 4:28 am

Perfection in your poetry, this should be on a global poster for Earth Day. a new global prayer/poem.



12 Lady Nyo April 20, 2011 at 5:25 am

Beautiful, Belinda…

and resonates in most of us! Perfect tribute to a day that should be Everyday.

Lady Nyo


13 wolfsrosebud April 20, 2011 at 5:38 am

Loved the last line…


14 Talon April 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

The cycles of life and our connection to them so eloquently expressed, Belinda. This is beautiful.


15 Claudia April 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

beautiful words belinda…she gives indeed a lot and i think it’s ok if we just take and enjoy..


16 Socorro Valencia April 20, 2011 at 9:22 am

Belinda – This is so lovely & just outstanding on many levels :o ) !! Thank you so much for always sharing words of encouraged reflection so eloquently! Your work has touched my soul many times – Thank You! Have a Fantastic Day! Socorro


17 Cathy April 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I am always so inspired and impressed with your poetry Belinda. Beautiful.


18 BK April 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm

This is truly beautiful. How true isn’t it … “What you have, I freely claim as mine.” We have so so taken everything for granted; as if it is there for us to claim and as if it is our birth right! It is good to see you again.


19 Rhyme Me a Smile April 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

What an amazing tribute to Mother Earth! Excellent message for Earth Day.


20 rob white April 21, 2011 at 5:17 am

Beautiful paean for waking up to Nature. This is a great call to awareness of our habitual consumption and tendency to take natures bounty for granted.


21 Natasha April 22, 2011 at 4:37 am

Belinda, this is a seriously beautiful and thoughtful write. Love it…and thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods! Good to meet you, and looking forward to checking out more of your work. Power to the poets! N


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