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Songs of motherhood

To be a mother is to be 
rain and sunshine at once

to drown oneself while saving another
and to give hope while being hopeless.

To be a mother is 
exciting and scary

with bouts of anxiety and care
preaching self love while hating self

To be a mother is to be 
a safe haven and a shield

to endure and suppress needs
while giving off self without restraint.

To be a mother is nights of sleeplessness for a sick child
and sorrowful prayers when it gets worse

to wake up tired and exhausted yet smiling
to tend and nurse 

To be a mother is to be everything at once
to see and understand without any clue

to finish sentences and endure tantrums
to want to cry, disappear and yet cook at the same time.

To be a mother is to blamed for not doing enough
and accused of doing too much

to sacrifice and still be sacrificed
to know pain deeply like a first name

To be a mother is all this and more
it is rewarding, fulfilling and unnerving

a gift and a semi curse
it is a blessing mixed with pain, pride, grief and sacrifice.

To be a mother is to want to be a god 
And yet fail 

it is to read this poem and relate to it
and to pick a line and say - this is me. 


Copyright © JB Favour | Year Posted 2022


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Date: 9/9/2022 3:19:00 AM

Thanks for sharing this. Welcome to Poetry Soup. I welcome you with the love of the Lord, expressed by John 3:16 of the Bible, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God bless you.

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