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A Mother's Love
Angela Hoffman


I slowed the car when I noticed the crane and her baby
at the side of the road.
I inched closer, coming almost to a stop.
So why did she have to step out in front of me,
spreading those enormous wings that filled the entire lane
as if she were a crossing guard? She even shouted at me.
I tried to veer left, praying there was no oncoming traffic,
but she side-stepped to the left with me.
I had to drive into the ditch to get around this crazy woman,
who I have to admit, was just doing her job.

© by Angela Hoffman.
Used with the author’s permission.

Angela Hoffman lives in a small town in Wisconsin. With her retirement from teaching and the pandemic coinciding, she took to writing poetry. Her poetry has been widely published and she is the author of three collections: Resurrection Lily, Olly Olly Oxen Free, and her newest, Hold the Contraries. Angela's hobbies include collaging and making sourdough bread. Learn more about her at




Post New Comment:
I love this! Thanks
Posted 05/15/2024 02:39 PM
What a smart mother crane you met! Thank you for making me smile this morning, Angela.
Posted 05/14/2024 09:52 AM
Very moving
Posted 05/14/2024 01:15 AM
I've seen her, she does the same thing here, though dressed as a Canada Goose. Lovely portrayal, Angela.
Posted 05/13/2024 03:24 PM
Lori Levy:
Great portrayal of the crane "just doing her job."
Posted 05/13/2024 02:57 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I absolutely love this powerful poignant poem that shows that the wildlife make great mothers because their natural instinct is to protect their child. I loved the last line: I had to drive into the ditch to get around this crazy woman, who I have to admit, was just doing her job.
Posted 05/13/2024 12:02 PM
Beautiful description in poetic form!
Posted 05/13/2024 11:53 AM
Larry Schug:
Interesting encounter, well said.
Posted 05/13/2024 08:23 AM
Carol Clearwater:
Love it!
Posted 05/13/2024 05:22 AM

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