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Mother Time. By Joanne Arnott. A Present Made. love lights shine on cardboard boxes souvenir of what appealed collect, define o unexpected gifts of life, cruelties and cowardice fade we who, so excited and afraid looked ahead now stroke the braid of all we've done, intended

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mother time

Mother Time

By Joanne Arnott

a present made
A Present Made

love lights shine on

cardboard boxes

souvenir of what appealed

collect, define

o unexpected

gifts of life, cruelties

and cowardice fade

we who, so excited and afraid

looked ahead

now stroke the braid

of all we've done, intended

Unintended

each, and all together

a present made

o those hopes and dreams

sweet days and troubles

walking side by side

past flowing streams

pebble beds turning

catch glitter of sun and throw

star glints, moon beams

o young man of mine

down city streets you walk

hunkered in black leather

against the rain

we move and

  • What is the theme of the poem?
  • Discus the use of imagery.
  • What is the mood of the poem?
  • What messages do you think the poem sends?
the teaching
The Teaching

I teach the chant to my son:

Earth, I am

Fire, I am

Water, Air, and Spirit

l am

He wants to know

how to spell:

"earth," "water," "fire,"

"spirit," and

"person."

  • Why does the son ask for the spelling of “person” at the end of the poem?
  • What do the four elements represent?
protection
Protection
  • tasting nature ' s menus
  • through each day, averting
  • certain dangers and inviting
  • certain play
  • still, at nightfall
  • when flowers sleep
  • i am too naked to survive
  • and starlight too weak

where is the flower

within whose petals gently folding

i may sleep safe, hidden

from the great night

so small and vulnerable am i

these delicate legs and wings

require profound and golden light

to carry me

  • How does the title relate to the poem?
  • Explain the final stanza.
  • What is the theme of the poem?
putting it all together
Putting it all together
  • What are the similarities between the poems?
  • Joanne Arnott is a mother of six. What is the significance of that?
  • write a poem with a minimum of 3 lines about memories in your life that you value in the style of Joanne Arnott.