Mother's Day Poetry (and freebie)

It's almost Mother's Day (or Mothering Sunday if you're in the UK). Here in Australia, Mother's Day is Sunday the 13th of May. Since I'm both mother and daughter, I've managed to convince my poetry partner (also a mother and daughter) Carolyn Howard-Johnson to let me giveaway our motherly poetry book She Wore Emerald Then.  From now through to May 14th (US time) you can grab a copy of She Wore Emerald Then from Smashwords for the budget-smashing price of $0.00.  Just use Coupon code KT98C at checkout.  You can even use the code to 'gift' the book to someone. Following is a poem from the collection that I wrote for my first child. If you prefer a hard copy, you can get a copy at Amazon.  Happy Mother's Day to all you fantabulous mothers out there.


From this point
everything begins.
He comes out crying
no need for a smack
eyes wide
fighting the light and shocks
slippery, red and incredibly solid.
From this point it all begins.
The whorl
where superfine hair grows
like one of those spiral galaxies
Andromeda or Triangulum
full of stars
and the promise of real life
different from anything we have known
but starting at the same point.

Magdalena Ball runs The Compulsive Reader. She is the author of the poetry books Repulsion Thrust and Quark Soup, the novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment, and, in collaboration with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Deeper Into the Pond, Blooming Red, Cherished Pulse, She Wore Emerald Then, and Imagining the Future. She also runs a radio show, The Compulsive Reader Talks. Find out more about Magdalena at


Mayra Calvani said...

Hi Magdalena,

I bought a copy of your book for my mom for Mother's Day (two years ago, I think) and she loved it!

She has written poetry all her life but never tried to submit or publish anything. She's 78 now. So for this Mother's Day, I put together her poems and published them with Createspace. She's never been so thrilled. I'm so, so glad I did this.

Happy Mother's Day! :-)


Shirley Corder said...

Beautiful Magdalena, and thank you for the free gift! Downloaded it immediately.

Martha said...

You are so talented. I love your poetry.

Anne Duguid Knol said...

What a great present you've given us for Mother's Day, Maggie. And what an interesting comment it evoked from Mayra. Truly a case of ideas generating ideas.

VS Grenier said...

This is wonderful and something everyone should take advantage of...meaning getting a copy of your book and finding holidays to promote their books with in a special way.

Karen Cioffi said...

Maggie, What a wonderful offering and beautiful poem!

And, Mayra, what a thoughtful Mother's Day present!


Magdalena Ball said...

What a wonderful outcome Mayra and a terrific gift too (for you and your mother) to pull together her poems into a book. I'm also helping my mother write a book and it has been an amazing experience.

Magdalena Ball said...

Thanks so much everyone for the wonderful comments!

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