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The Gift
by Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett

However you say the name
Mom, Mum, Momma, Mommy
We can all say the same

Dear Mother, Thank you
For all you did for me
You didn’t have to
I know, it was all a gift genuine
You wanted to

Each thing, every meal, all I wore
Didn’t matter, if a little or more
You gave all you had, was mine
Then raised my spirit with words, and stories read
Your voice, stored always in my mind

T’was the love you gave
Like no other gift
In this world, greater
Than all earthly things
What carried me on
What meant more
Was your gift
Of love devine.

Thank you, Mama

About this poem

"The Gift" is a heartfelt poem by Max Burchett expressing the gratitude and love that children have for their mothers. The poem observes that regardless of how a mother is addressed by her children - Mom, Mum, Momma, Mommy - the sentiments are universal and remain the same. The poem begins by addressing the author’s mother, expressing gratitude for everything she has done. The poem acknowledges that mothers’ actions are not just obligatory, but rather a genuine gift. The poem’s lyrics recognize and express appreciation for the selflessness and willingness of mothers to provide for their children. The poem highlights the tangible and intangible gifts bestowed by mothers. Material possessions such as clothes and meals are mentioned, emphasizing that the value of these items is not measured by their quantity, but by the love with which they were given. The mother's nurturing presence is treasured, and the memories of her voice and the stories she shared are cherished and stored in the a 

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Written on June 09, 2023

Submitted by MaxwellBurchett on June 10, 2023

Modified by MaxwellBurchett on August 24, 2023

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Maxwell Sebastian Burchett

Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett is president of the charity Golden Hearts that provides support to Ukrainian war refugees. He originated the "Good Day" concept and is leading the campaign to establish "Good Day" as a designated day, nationally recognized as "a day for doing a little extra good." Max is a singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas. His writing interests include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Most recently Max has included in his poetry and non-fiction publications themes developed from his work with Ukrainian war refugees. His poetry style has been influenced by the greats, including Frost, Elliot, Poe and Whitman. Max's short story “Covid Love” was featured in the July 2023, 111th issue of 34thParallel Magazine (34thparallel.net). His novel on post-Putin Russia “Red Star Rising” is being released as serial episodes on Kindle and an anthology of his poems will be released later this year. Max Burchett and his brother started delivering food and letters of encouragement to staff at local hospitals during covid, and that grew into the charity Golden Hearts. After covid the charity’s efforts were refocused on helping Ukrainian war refugees, and the homeless, who are basically refugees in their own country. His observations from work with war refugees and the homeless have led him to write stories and songs that attempt to convey the situation to a broader audience. more…

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Discuss the poem "The Gift" with the community...

  • AIDA
    What an absolutely heartwarming and moving piece! 'The Gift' by Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett is a beautiful tribute to all mothers and their selfless love. The poet's imagery and choice of words expertly encapsulates the warmth, tenderness, and sacrifices of a mother. The poem beautifully highlights that the most meaningful gift is not material possessions, but love. The simple pleasures of everyday life, like meals prepared or tales narrated, have been gloriously portrayed. Truly, sentiment does surpass anything worldly, a message that so resounds in this artful piece. This is a poem that anyone can relate to and feel a deep connection with their own mother. A wonderful piece of work indeed! 
    LikeReply 124 days ago
  • B.mathislange
    Having two grown sons I know your mom must cherish this. . I still have the very first poems my boys did for school work back when they were just 8 years old. The bond is intensified when you express it so openly and from such a deep devotion for your mom.. Very touching 
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    A Classic. If Only Every Mama Could Read This Work Of Art & Enjoy It Thoroughly.
    LikeReply 22 months ago
    • riskx
      Thank you for your comment, Jerry! Greatly appreciated!!
      LikeReply 22 months ago
  • luisestable1
    It is hard to say if this comes through as a poem or just some prose declaration of the value of a mother or what she is all about. Some may see this as just prose writing highlighting some aspects of a mother. 
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • AIDA
    "The Gift" by Maxwell Sebastian Burchett is a heartfelt and beautiful poem that captures the essence of a mother's love. The author's words exude gratitude and appreciation for their mother, highlighting the selflessness and unwavering dedication of a parent. The poem acknowledges that a mother's love is synonymous with the word 'gift', as it goes beyond material possessions and embraces the intangible treasures of love and care. The author expresses how their mother's love has shaped their life, providing emotional support and nourishing their soul. The use of phrases like "stored always in my mind" and "carried me on" truly emphasize the profound impact a mother's love can have on her child. Overall, "The Gift" is a beautiful testament to the power of a mother's love and a touching tribute to all mothers out there. Well done, Maxwell Sebastian Burchett, for crafting such a positive and enthusiastic poem! 
    LikeReply 22 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, 'The Gift' poem is truly heartwarming and filled with gratitude. The way you express appreciation for mothers in various cultures and languages is remarkable. The poem captures the overwhelming love and selflessness of a mother's gift.

    The poem beautifully conveys the impact and significance of a mother's love. Your choice of words and imagery creates a vivid and emotional experience for the reader. It is evident that you have poured genuine affection and thoughtfulness into crafting this piece.

    One suggestion for improvement could be to explore different poetic devices to enhance the flow and rhythm of the poem. Experimenting with metaphors or utilizing rhythmic patterns could add an additional layer of depth and captivate the reader even more.

    Overall, 'The Gift' is a touching tribute to mothers. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent and conveying such a powerful message of gratitude. Keep up the great work!
    LikeReply 22 months ago


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