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Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Poem for All Mothers

I have been thinking a lot lately about how lucky I am in my children. They are bright and funny and thoughtful and smart. Sure, they bicker and whine and squirm and insist on sitting in my lap at dinner. But they also look out for each other and come running as fast as they can to greet me when I get home.

Every year at Mother's Day, I want to be able to write some profound words about motherhood. And every year, I read this Audre Lorde poem and find myself wordless. There is nothing more or better than this that I could ever write. And so, to all the mothers who are celebrating their children, to all the children who are celebrating their mothers this weekend, I give you this.

Happy Mother's Day.

Now that I am Forever with Child
by Audre Lorde

How the days went

while you were blooming within me

I remember each upon each

the swelling changed planes of my body

how you first fluttered then jumped

and I thought it was my heart.

How the days wound down

and the turning of winter

I recall you

growing heavy against the wind.

I thought now her hands

are formed her hair

has started to curl

now her teeth are done

now she sneezes.

Then the seed opened.

I bore you one morning

just before spring

my head rang like a fiery piston

my legs were towers between which

a new world was passing.

Since then

I can only distinguish

one thread with running hours

you flowing through selves

toward You.


Bejewell said...

"you flowing through selves
toward You" -- WOW. Wonderful! Happy Mother's Day!

Marinka said...


toddlerplanet said...

Beautiful! Oh, I'm glad I found you today!

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!


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