Mother

To me she has always been a mother. A nursery
Of cats, a dog, a horse, a pony,
of humans.

She has always tended her flowering
furry, and non-furry children as a
great gaia herself.

Her devotion churned the soil daily;
her own sweat always watered the thirsty and sick,
and tears watered, eventually

a backyard buried with babies.
Cats, and dogs, and horses don’t live forever,
but she believed in holding them close always.

And now I see her like this
in her recliner complete with a cat
hair streaked with gray – always a mother.

( NaPoWriMo day 10…and for prompts here: http://www.napowrimo.net/day-ten-5/ and here: http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/04/poem-sketching.html)

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9 Comments

  1. A touching poem. I especially love this original line: “Her devotion churned the soil daily.”

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  2. Once a mother…….

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  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

     /  April 10, 2017

    That’s a lovely portrait! (I wish you had included your word list just so we could see. But after all, the poem is the important thing.)

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  4. Such a beautiful portrait. I am glad to say it reminded me of a few women I met in my life. Reading it, it made me remember them and feel warm.

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  5. “. . . her own sweat always watered the thirsty and sick. . . ” a lovely description of servant leadership in action.

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  6. Now you’ve got MY tears rolling:

    “and tears watered, eventually
    a backyard buried with babies”

    This is very touching.

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  7. Always a mother… beautiful, heartfelt poem

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  8. Wow!! such a lovely, touching poem 🙂

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  9. Quite the devotional poem to someone quite special “her own sweat…” line is amazing.

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