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My Mother Jean, A Maverick

Alberta “Jean,” the different one was she since her birth and among her family. This redhead born of parents with dark hair had felt herself an odd plain duck; in prayer she’d kneel and on her father’s farm was awed by nature. In the fields, she’d pray to God. With fervent adoration for her God, she searched for truth. A maverick was she. She left her parents’ church, for she was awed by teachings not those of her family. The Gospel she discovered through deep prayer dismayed her folks, as had her bright red hair! Upon her birth, because of her red hair, her folks had joked she wasn’t theirs, but God would lead her to a new life. On a prayer, she traveled west. A restless soul was she - the one to leave her home and family to find her niche; by her bold move I’m awed. By all the things she did back then, I’m awed. She joined the Navy. Jean, with bobbed red hair, would meet my dad and start a family. Great trials came to her. She called on God. To go back home then was the answer she was given after long and pleading prayer. She had to leave my dad. I know through prayer this answer came to her. Again I’m awed because with us, her four small daughters, she became a single mom. She wore long hair up in a bun, worked hard, had faith in God, and married someone else with family. Eight children then were in our family. My mother taught her step kids about prayer, affecting all our lives. Her trust in God is never-ending, and we all are awed. . . . She’s 80, widowed, and still has red hair and goes out dancing!! Rare indeed is she! With faith in God, Jean raised a family. No need of fame has she, for she has prayer and grandkids awed now by her still red hair!
*For the Maverick Poetry Contest hosted by Cyndi MacMillan. I honestly could not think of a famous person that I wanted to write about, so I chose my mother. We are planning a huge 80th B-Day surprise party back in Iowa next month, so I wanted to do a poem for her! She greatly changed the world of her second husband and his children, and the ripple effect from that has changed others in the world! See "About this poem" for more details. I changed the SESTINA by using rhyme. Instead of choosing just any six words to repeat at the end of each line, I decided to use three pairs of words that rhymed with each other. The position of the words changes from stanza to stanza, but I think the rhyming aspect still holds strong.

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  1. Date: 3/16/2012 8:29:00 PM

    Congrats on your win, Andrea! Are you going to read this to your mom at her birthday party? If you are, make sure you have the kleenex ready. It is a wonderful tribute and she sounds like a wonderful lady. Blessings, rhonda

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 11:32:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved win Andrea. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/14/2012 6:33:00 AM

    Congrats on the win in my contest, Andrea, hun! Goin' to start callin' ya the Sestina Queen! Makes me (awk awk) ALMOST want to try one. Hugs, Cyndi

  1. Date: 3/13/2012 10:58:00 PM

    Good work with the win Andrea,, and best wishes..) Joe )

  1. Date: 3/13/2012 9:38:00 PM

    congrats Andrea on a terrific write and win honoring a great MOM luv..

  1. Date: 2/20/2012 3:42:00 PM

    Nice that your picked your mom. I think I read this one before. Nice to read again. love phyl

  1. Date: 2/15/2012 2:36:00 PM

    Dear Andrea, What a treasured gem this will be as a keepsake for your mother and your family. I am in awe of how well you intergrated your words to fit this difficult to write form. I am awed by your amazing talent. A most beautiful tribute to your mother. I enjoyed reading behind the scenes. Please express my regards for one of her best birthdays ever. Mahalo

  1. Date: 2/15/2012 11:38:00 AM

    Quite a write about quite a lady Andrea,, tell her i wish her all the best,, yours Joe...)

  1. Date: 2/14/2012 4:24:00 PM

    Quite the inside strory Andrea. I think we all feel honored you sharing it. Happy Birthday Jean. Yee Haa!

  1. Date: 2/14/2012 2:09:00 PM

    the explanation is longer than the poem! Ha. CooL Tribute to your Famous Red Haired 79 year old mother! Maverick, I always think of Sarah Palin when I hear that word now! BTW, your mom is WaaaaaaaaaaaaaaY more famous or important than ANY "Hollywood Star" could ever be! She MADE YOU!

  1. Date: 2/14/2012 6:52:00 AM

    she must have endured the hardest of trials. but knowing that prayer is the only hope you'll have when you've been given the cards you've been delt, you have to play with what you've been given.

  1. Date: 2/14/2012 1:45:00 AM

    WOW, A fine poem about a fine woman, from a fine daughter, great change in the meter and flow, best of luck..David..Happy Valentines Day..

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 10:53:00 PM

    A fine tribute to your mom who you obviously admire very much. Good job here. God Bless, JB

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 8:51:00 PM

    A great tribute to your mother wonderfully caught with beautiful words and penned this poem. Best wishes for the contest, loved always, bl

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 5:57:00 PM

    I enjoyed it Andrea! Often dark hair appears to be black, though is very dark red, this sometime results in a child having a lighter verson red of the dark red hair of parents. Smile, I know there was not really a doubt. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 5:35:00 PM

    Whoa Nellie! Didn't realize you had the Brady Bunch thing goin' down. Your Mom must be a verrry interesting woman and what a fine tribute you've written for her...She's obviously raised at least one special child in you---red hair and all!! Should be quite the party next month, I bet she'll love it. Forget about the soup and give it up for the Fam.......PSST then maybe the rest of us will be able to place higher in the contests.

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 5:04:00 PM

    Nice tribute great story and what great a woman. Good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 1:39:00 PM

    beautiful tribute to your mother, my friend - I'm sure she'll love it

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 1:05:00 PM

    Quite a grand old lady, your Mother, Jean. Interesting form. In a way the poem seems to rhyme in every line. But then, knowing you, one expects consistency, and always gets it. LOve, daver

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 11:23:00 AM

    a maverick angle for the contest, andie... beautiful exposition about you loving mother.. this has SOUL!... winning huggs, whoot!.. just did one ; hope you can share your thoughts.... happy hearts day; forget kickboxing tomorrow and enjoy, lol!.. :) huggs!

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 10:33:00 AM

    I am very impressed by your mother`s strength,Andrea.This has got to be one of the greatest tributes I`ve seen for quite some time! She`s really one unique woman,my friend:) Love,Arild

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 9:40:00 AM

    wow what a woman Andrea.. wonderful words depict her personality so well and she sounds like a super lady luv.. good luck in contest.. Cyndi will be impressed for sure .. I sure am...

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 8:51:00 AM

    That's a very loving tribute for your Mother, a true Maverick..I enjoyed reading it.God bless you. Hugs!Erich

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 5:53:00 AM

    A wonderful tribute to your advance birthday best wishes to her..jag

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 4:12:00 AM

    A lovely tribute to a lovely mother Andrea.- oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 2:11:00 AM

    A great tribute to your mother by you Andrea.Very good poem about a wonderful human being.And the form is challenging.Best wishes to you.

  1. Date: 2/13/2012 1:06:00 AM

    Your Mom truly is a maverick as described in your poem Andrea. She does not have to conform to anyone. Her great conviction of her faith is amazing. Dancing in her 80's must be really fun. Nice tribute for your mother. Love Dalila