The Real American Mom

The Real American Mom

A Poem by John Dennis Gillespie

For the real American mom that have to maintain a household AND work a job.


My mom; the American stay-at-home.

Cooking, cleaning, teaching, watching, cooking.

Food stayed on the table; we always ate.

My mom; the American stay-at-home. 

Loving, washing, holding, preaching, caring

She played her part in dictating our fate. 

My mom; the American stay-at-work.

Working, sweating, nestling, lifting,hurting

While we sung night songs; she worked double shifts.

My mom; the American stay-at-work.

Hustling, Tugging, Muscling, Crying, Trying.

While we sung night songs; she dreamed for her kids.

Ambitious dreams; American dreams, she tried,

The luxury of staying-at-home has died. 

© 2013 John Dennis Gillespie

Author's Note

John Dennis Gillespie
The last couplet has 11 syllables instead of the usual 10.

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Added on June 17, 2013
Last Updated on June 17, 2013
Tags: Mothers, Love, Passion, Parents, Poetry, Sonnet