My mum is so understanding. Even now at the grand old age of 52…. (eeek) I am still prone to making her origami bunnies that pop up in the post, water coloured floral tributes that really should only be kept in the dark, pom pom fancies that unravel without warning and all manner of misshapen knitted and crocheted objects. And she receives them all smiling benevolently, calmly and happily!

So still in creative mode (!), whilst in the process of putting together our Mother’s Day email I felt the urge to put in to words what my mum means to me but just couldn’t find anything to suit online-  lots of clever and very deep and meaningful poetry and verse but none of it was really me – or her for that matter.

So the slightly ominous thought popped up – write something yourself! But I haven’t a clue where to start said that doubting and timorous mind. And then, thanks to a vague recollection of Simon Mayo’s Radio 2 show and his teatime haikus an idea started to formulate. Write some haiku – traditional Japanese poetry of 3 lines with 5 syllables in lines 1 and 3, and 7 syllables in line 2.

If you haven’t tried it before, give it a go. In a few words, the idea is to grasp the essence of what you are trying to say. And surely anyone can come up with 3 lines?!! Such fun!

Here are mine – Happy Mother’s day to my Ma and mothers everywhere.

Billowing sheets pegged
Aired completely to be dry
My mother taught me

Change of direction
Big decision to be made
She says be free, you choose

Tense words spat out again
Silly arguments return
Mum keeps smiling on

Bawling baby sounds
Chores to complete all day long
She never stops love

Rushing to work now
Tea on the table at 5
Children to Brownies

She has got older
When did this event occur?
It surprised me, why?

Ringing on the phone
Always happy with my news
It matters to her