Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONGS FOR MY MOTHER: 3. HER WORDS, by ANNA HEMPSTEAD BRANCH

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SONGS FOR MY MOTHER: 3. HER WORDS, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: My mother has the prettiest tricks
Last Line: How beautiful they are.
Variant Title(s): Her Words
Subject(s): Language; Mothers; Words; Vocabulary

My mother has the prettiest tricks
Of words and words and words.
Her talk comes out as smooth and sleek
As breasts of singing birds.
She shapes her speech all silver fine
Because she loves it so.
And her own eyes begin to shine
To hear her stories grow.
And if she goes to make a call
Or out to take a walk,
We leave our work when she returns
And run to hear her talk.
We had not dreamed these things were so
Of sorrow and of mirth.
Her speech is as a thousand eyes
Through which we see the earth.
God wove a web of loveliness,
Of clouds and stars and birds,
But made not anything at all
So beautiful as words.
They shine around our simple earth
With golden shadowings,
And every common thing they touch
Is exquisite with wings.
There's nothing poor and nothing small
But is made fair with them.
They are the hands of living faith
That touch the garment's hem.
They are as fair as bloom or air,
They shine like any star,
And I am rich who learned from her
How beautiful they are.

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