It’s all in the card

Greeting card aisle
all celebratory sins
at your disposal

birthday, anniversary
shout-outs
long-time-no-sees
Thank-yous!
Love you!
I’m sorry!
pronouncing gratitude
for things and flings
sorry-you’re-feeling-blue
get well tomes

Good luck!
kiss-offs
congratulatory
over-priced nods
to milestones
earned, attained,
survived
sweated out

colorful, sentimental,
creased tagboard
matching-envelope;
touchstone marked by mirth!
merriment! maudlin mooning!

four-ninety-nine a shot
plus postage

Same price of a latte
someone else
gets the kick

mid-April; the usual
array of acknowledgment
gets crowded out,
relegated to status
Miss America-runner-up

Making way for
kitschy, kindly
sunny and sentimental
mantle-sitting
maternal mementos

Momuments.

row upon row
testaments to
matriarchal tolerance
sage wisdom dispensed,
ignored, disposed, pondered
much valued only
after-the-fact;

nature of boundless nurture
boo-boos bandaged
busted hearts mended
steamrolled dreams
dusted off, put back in place

wrongs of others she righted
lessons she pointed out
that you heard but haven’t
learned as yet

Commemorating years of
“Aha”! moments
via dramatic script
comedic font
soft-focus flowers
pseudo-witty cartoons

Yearly cardboard holy grail

vainly laboring to convey
the significance  of
who, what, why
you are – where you are –
because of
who, what, how, why
she was, is
always will be

mom.

– Mark L. Lucker
© 2017
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