Wednesday, May 29, 2013

but not lonely

but not lonely
the memory of you
pulls at me
demanding attention
for too long
you got it all
and now
all that is left
is a phantom
the whisper of a dream
that once was
hiding in the shadows
seeking the light
that shines for you
no more
dimmed by words
that cannot be unsaid
deliberate with intent
and delivered with a twist
setting the barbs deep
and leaving a wound
big enough for me
to walk through

but not lonely


Monday, May 27, 2013

no party

it is too easy
to give in
to the demands
of everyday life

every day life
demands to be
catered to

but life is no party
and i am not
a good hostess


Sunday, May 12, 2013

a mother is a woman . . .

what is it that makes someone a mother?  is it issuing forth new life from one's own loins?  is it the breath of an angel?   the smile of a god?  synchronicity? serendipity?  biology?  chemistry?  anatomy & physiology?

years ago, my son attended kindergarten at the local catholic school, and it was run by nuns.  a group of us was standing around at the end of a friday, catching up, chatting, sharing our plans for the weekend.  the principal, who was a nun, announced that she had to be off to attend to some business.  as she turned to walk away i said, "happy mother's day!"  she stopped, turned, and just looked at me.  with tears in her eyes she said, "no one has ever wished me a happy mother's day before ..."  and i said to her, "well, that's sad, because mother's day belongs to every woman who has ever loved a child."  

in the church i grew up in (that's how we say things around here), at some point someone, or a committee of someones, decided that mother's day should be celebrated, which is weird because people aren't supposed to be celebrated in church.  that's another topic.  anyway, there were these little contests, and the winners were given a corsage to wear.  the oldest mother.  the newest mother - one year someone voiced dissent about this award because the newest mother had adopted her child.  the mother with the most children present in church - didn't matter who actually had the most children, just who had the most with her that day.  my mom could not stand this particular practice.  we were methodists and this wasn't proper.  that and the fact she wouldn't be getting one of those corsages for one reason or another -- another topic for another day.  her main argument and concern was for those women who didn't have children, who couldn't have children, who had tried & tried and it just didn't happen, and especially the old women in our church who had devoted their lives to public education back when being a teacher meant you could not marry.  i decided then that too many women loved children and their love wasn't being recognized on mother's day.  

a mother is any woman who has ever loved a child.  she could indeed be your mother -- by birth, by choice, by the longing of her heart.  she could be your aunt, your cousin, your neighbor (that was my mom, another story), your sister.  a mother can be married -- to anyone, or she could be single, or divorced.  a mother can be young, old, middle-aged.  a mother is a woman who has taken it upon herself to love and nurture someone, to want the best for someone other than herself.  a mother is someone who will sacrifice her own wants and needs, maybe not always, but most of the time, to see that her loved one is safe and comfortable, clothed and fed, cared for and nurtured.  a mother does not always say what is on her mind, but ponders things in her heart, and always wants better for the one, or the ones, she loves.

a mother is a woman . . . any woman . . . who has ever loved a child.

My mama, Queen Elsie, and her baby girl . . .

Saturday, May 11, 2013

no mama

ain’t no mama perfect
we try and we fail
we try
we fail
we make mistakes
big ones
we question everything we do
“is this the right way?”
                 “what if i’m wrong?’
   “what if i’m right?”
                            “what if . . . ?”
         “what  . . . ?”
and we are always here
not “there”
there . . .
where we’ve always been
offering up ourselves
offering up
even that which you refuse
to give in return . . .

ain’t no mama perfect
but we love you like you are