Spotlight Flower Photography – Scarlet Cluster – A photo by Goff James

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Spotlight Flower Photography – Lunchtime – A photo by Goff James

Poem Attribution, Goff James, Lunchtime 2015

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Spotlight Flower Photography – Tropical Gold – A photo by Goff James

Photo Attribution, Goff James, Tropical Gold, 2021

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Spotlight Flower Photography – Mother o’ Mine – A photo by Goff James

Mother o’ Mine by Rudyard Kipling

If I were hanged on the highest hill,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
I know whose love would follow me still,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

If I were drowned in the deepest sea,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
I know whose tears would come down to me,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

Poem Attribution © Rudyard Kipling, Mother o’ Mine

Source Attribution https://interestingliterature.com/2018/11/a-short-analysis-of-rudyard-kiplings-mother-o-mine/

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Spotlight Flower Photography – Mother’s Love – A photo by Goff James

Mother’s Love – (Poet Unknown)

Her love is like
an island in life’s ocean,
vast and wide
A peaceful, quiet shelter
From the wind, the rain, the tide.

Tis bound on the north by Hope,
By Patience on the West,
By tender Counsel on the South
And on the East by Rest.

Above it like a beacon light
Shine Faith, and Truth, and Prayer;
And thro’ the changing scenes of life
I find a haven there.

Poem Attribution © (Poet Unknown), Mother’s Love

Source Attribution https://100.best-poems.net/mothers-love.html

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Spotlight Flower Photography – Mother – A photo by Goff James

Mother by Lola Ridge

Your love was like moonlight
turning harsh things to beauty,
so that little wry souls

reflecting each other obliquely
as in cracked mirrors . . .
beheld in your luminous spirit

their own reflection,
transfigured as in a shining stream,
and loved you for what they are not.

You are less an image in my mind
than a luster
I see you in gleams

pale as star-light on a grey wall . . .
evanescent as the reflection of a white swan
shimmering in broken water.

Poem Attribution © Lola Ridge, Mother

Source Attribution https://interestingliterature.com/2018/02/a-short-analysis-of-lola-ridges-mother/

Photo Attribution, Goff James

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Spotlight Flower Photography – Rock Me to Sleep – A photo by Goff James

Rock Me to Sleep by Elizabeth Chase Akers Allen

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for tonight!
Mother, come back from the echoless shore,
Take me again to your heart as of yore;

Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care,
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair;
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!

Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years!
I am so weary of toil and of tears,—
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain,—
Take them, and give me my childhood again!

I have grown weary of dust and decay,—
Weary of flinging my soul-wealth away;
Weary of sowing for others to reap;—
Rock me to sleep, mother – rock me to sleep!

Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue,
Mother, O mother, my heart calls for you!
Many a summer the grass has grown green,
Blossomed and faded, our faces between:

Yet, with strong yearning and passionate pain,
Long I tonight for your presence again.
Come from the silence so long and so deep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!

Over my heart, in the days that are flown,
No love like mother-love ever has shone;
No other worship abides and endures,—
Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours:

None like a mother can charm away pain
From the sick soul and the world-weary brain.
Slumber’s soft calms o’er my heavy lids creep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!

Come, let your brown hair, just lighted with gold,
Fall on your shoulders again as of old;
Let it drop over my forehead tonight,
Shading my faint eyes away from the light;

For with its sunny-edged shadows once more
Haply will throng the sweet visions of yore;
Lovingly, softly, its bright billows sweep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!

Mother, dear mother, the years have been long
Since I last listened your lullaby song:
Sing, then, and unto my soul it shall seem
Womanhood’s years have been only a dream.

Clasped to your heart in a loving embrace,
With your light lashes just sweeping my face,
Never hereafter to wake or to weep;—
Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!

Poem Attribution © Rock Me to Sleep by Elizabeth Chase Akers Allen

Source Attribution https://interestingliterature.com/2018/11/a-short-analysis-of-elizabeth-akers-allens-rock-me-to-sleep/

Photo Attribution, Goff James, White Glory, 2017

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Spotlight Flower Photography – Mother’s Day – A photo by Goff James

Mothers Day by Carol Matthews

A Mother loves right from the start.
She holds her baby close to her heart.
The bond that grows will never falter.

Her love is so strong it will never alter.
A Mother gives never ending Love.
She never feels that she has given enough.

For you she will always do her best.
Constantly working, there’s no time to rest.
A Mother is there when things go wrong.

A hug and a kiss to help us along.
Always there when we need her near.
Gently wipes our eyes when we shed a tear.

So on this day shower your Mother with Love.
Gifts and presents are nice but that is not enough.
Give your Mother a day to have some peace of mind.
Be gentle, be good, be helpful, be kind.
Happy Mothers Day.

Poem Attribution © Carol Matthews, Mother’s Day

Source Attribution https://100.best-poems.net/mothers-day.html

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Spotlight Flower Photography – Blue Smiles – A photo by Goff James

Photo Attribution, Goff James, Blue Smiles, 2021

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Spotlight Photography – Waiting – A photo by Goff James

Photo Attribution, Goff James, Waiting, 2015

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