What is the theme of Billy Collin's "Lanyard"?Some interpret it as being humerous irony, but others see it as Collins regretting how he can't pay his mother back for the things she did for him.

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Love your mother! In Billy Collins' poem "The Lanyard," the speaker reflects on being a boy at camp and making a lanyard for his mother. The lanyard is key chain of sorts, made from simply braiding thin long strips of colored vinyl. The speaker recalls being proud of his efforts, but now, as an adult, he realizes how idiotic he was in feeling as though the simple craft could adequately thank his mother for all of her sacrifices: keeping him healthy, giving him an education, etc. The poem is a humorous look at how we all take our parents for granted.