Poetry performer and writer in schools John Rice, renowned author and poet, presents his amazing one-man Zoom Show across England, Scotland and Wales.

Cruel Is The Mother



Cruel is the mother whose hands rip and rupture the earth

Cruel is the mother whose gaze freezes water

Cruel is the mother whose breath blows down forests

Cruel is the mother whose tears are torrents flooding the lands

Cruel is the mother whose mouth spits fire into the air

Cruel is the mother whose footsteps flatten mountains

Cruel is the mother whose great arms create great waves

Cruel is the Mother, that Mother of Nature.





John Rice


The author encourages parents, teachers and librarians to read the poems to children and young people. However, the poems are copyright John Rice 2014 and cannot be reproduced without the express permission of the author.

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