Ninety Years of Love

I wrote this poem for my mother’s 90th birthday celebration and am submitting it for Poetry Potluck’s theme: Memories, Photos, Nostalgia.

Just a bit of background info: my mother was widowed at age 23 when my father died in the Second World War. She had a 3 month old baby (moi!) and survived thanks to her strong faith in God and the support of her family. Seven years later, she met a widower who had a daughter and remarried. She has met life’s challenges with acceptance, humor and just a bit of fiestiness! 


Brigid Ceretto 90th Birthday--Photo: David Slotto

 Brigid—Ninety Years of Love
An Acrostic

Beauty within, beauty without
Rarely finds a home so perfect.
Inspired by grace,
Gifted with lovingkindness
Inching toward fulfillment.
Divine flower opening.

Nesting in your garden, a hummingbird brings joy.
Imagine all creation celebrating your life!
Near in mind and spirit, all those you have loved—
Each moment spent in gratitude.
To those of us who love you, every moment shared brings blessing.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow unfold in goodness.

Years ago, when hope was young and
Every day held promise,
All the pain you bore could not erase nor
Rebuke the gift of faith that makes you strong, that
Sustains your courage with its song.

Once again love found you and gifted you with
Family and friends and you gave back in kind.

Lest you forget how much you’re loved.
Only close your eyes and recall,
Valiant woman, the measure of your worth
Embraces God.

(In the photo, Mom is blowing out the ONE candle on her birthday cake!)


33 thoughts on “Ninety Years of Love

  1. I love this Poem Victoria..

    Someone is Special


  2. Jamie Dedes says:

    Profoundly beautiful and loving homage to your mother. Nicely done, Victoria!


  3. Jack Edwards says:

    Beautiful poem. Love the structure


  4. ladynimue says:

    your mom is so graceful and lovely in the pic !
    my best wishes to her 🙂

    And this was soooper fundoo Acro !!!
    one of the best i read in recent times 🙂


  5. trisha says:

    this is too beautiful victoria, the love of a priceless daughter for her cherished mother. she is blessed to have you in her life.


  6. fiveloaf says:

    great acrostic.. both of you must have a splendid relationship! my potluck..


  7. Mike Patrick says:

    You gave the gift only a poet can give; sparkling in its beauty and a perfect fit.


  8. honeyhaiku says:

    Ah me! This is a beautiful tribute to your mother…you are both very lucky to have one another!


  9. Raksha Bhat says:

    Happy birthday to Mom:)This poem is a wonderful gift to her:)


  10. seabell says:

    Great poem, transpiring your great feelings and her great attributes!


  11. tigerbrite says:

    Beautiful poem… beautiful lady.


  12. Jessica says:

    That’s beautiful and a loving tribute to your mum!
    What a life she is having.


  13. Happy Birthday to your dear mama from me too. Lovely tribute from her loving daughter.Such a beautiful celebration of her life in this poem.


  14. Bodhirose says:

    This touched my heart. What a sweet poem of love for your mother. It sounds like she is a very nice one.


  15. bendedspoon says:

    Wow this is beautiful! Beauty from beauty 🙂


  16. irisdeurmyer says:

    I love family poems and I am sure your mother was blessed to receive such a beautiful tribute to her 90 years of loving.
    Thanks for sharing,


  17. What a wondrous penning! An enjoyable read, I like when children show appreciation to their parents, family thus this touched me greatly. Enjoy the rally!


  18. Jingle says:

    many happy returns to her,, bless both of you.

    she looks fabulous.


  19. tekia says:

    This is a wonderfully beautiful piece and dedication to your mother! Bravo!


  20. Andy says:

    This is a beautiful tribute to your mom.


  21. marousia says:

    Beautifully crafted birthday present 🙂


  22. marousia says:

    Stunning birthday gift – so beautifully and lovingly crafted.


  23. souldipper says:

    Victoria – you really are blessed. I hope the fiestiness is what keeps her in such good health today.


  24. swapna says:

    am glad i stepped in here! beautifully said……wishing her many more happy returns 🙂


  25. Lovely , april 3 mom’s day should have been special for both of you :)…Nice


  26. I’m sorry to hear you lost your dad so early and you couldn’t know him. Brave mom you have, happy birthday to her and a lovely regards for your tribute to her!


  27. Siggi im Maine says:

    Belated birthday wishes to your mom. She must know how special she is and how special you are…wonderful tribute poem to her…she must adore it. She sounds like a very special person. Siggi in Maine


  28. Victoria says:

    Thank u for all the love. I love each and every one of you.

    Love, Mom


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  30. Lovely tribute to your mother, Victoria. What a lady she was and is. Blessings…


  31. Tino11 says:

    Many Happy Returns to someone who sounds very special indeed.

    Beautiful tribute to her.


  32. What a wonderful, lovely tribute!


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