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Katie Porter receives the gift of poetry for Mother’s Day

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California Democratic Rep. Katie Porter’s son honored his mom on Mother’s Day with a poem paying homage to her profession. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

These days, moms are lucky to get a text from their own offspring wishing them a “Happy Mother's Day!” If they’re really lucky, they’ll get a post on Instagram (that they may or may not see). If they’re REALLY lucky, a FaceTime (lookin’ at you, Mom).

Rep. Katie Porter received the gift of poetry.

Porter’s son, Luke, wrote his mom a “Villanelle” which, according to Google, is “a nineteen-line poem with two rhymes throughout, consisting of five tercets and a quatrain, with the first and third lines of the opening tercet recurring alternately at the end of the other tercets and with both repeated at the close of the concluding quatrain,” whatever that means.

The poem titled “A Life in Congress” pays homage to his mother’s profession which, according to Luke is “of more honor than a knight.” He reveals her partiality to “Sprite” and makes a simple request that she never finds herself so sick that she “starts to puke.”

The freshman Democrat began her Mother’s Day thread by saying, “Being a mother is the greatest joy of my life, and knowing that I have the honor of fighting for my children’s future, as well as all the children of our district, is an immense honor.”

Update: Mom has made us aware that she, in fact, prefers Diet Dr. Pepper to Sprite, but that it was "too hard to rhyme," according to a tweet.


No word yet on whether she sees any spare time to play the flute in her future.