For Mother's Day, Edgar A. ("Eddie") Guest ground out his daily "pome" in the Detroit Free Press:
. . . This the mother that we knew!
Never any life was purer.
Gentle, tender, brave and true,
Never any love was surer.*
At this sort of banal jingling, 65-year-old Eddie Guest was hard to beat, at least as far as the Free Press's circulation department was concerned. But in the rival Detroit News, 58-year-old Anne Campbell, a grandmother herself, did her level best:
. . . The modern mother we agree,
Does not reflect the art
Of Whistler, but...