I realize I’m a day late to post these for Mother’s Day but I wanted to share them.

“Tomorrow, Mother”

You tuck me in bed and I am made safe,
A kiss to carry me to the land of dreams.
Hold tight to dear teddy.
“I’ll see you tomorrow, Mother.”

Days go by like every other.
Words of fire and ice and warm wind.
Do we stop to think that our footsteps are erasing behind us?
Would we love differently if we knew it then?

Sing a sweet lullaby, fill my head with memories
And I will place you with dreams you set me so safely before.
Touching you now, my ghost to yours
It’s a silver mirror we see through
Reflecting back our sensations but giving birth to none new.

I’ll tuck you in bed and pray you are safe.
A kiss to carry you to the land of dreams.
Hold tight to dear God.
“I’ll see you tomorrow, Mother.”

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“Happy Birthday, Mother”

Happy Birthday, Mother,
My one-time universe!
There was a galaxy in your womb, once
—Did you know that?—
Where I was a star:
Falling, bawling, crawling,
Crawling to where you are.

How you must have held that belly-ful world
And marveled that
Though you cannot see me, you know
That I am there.

Just as I, beholding heaven, marvel
That though I cannot see you, I know
You are there,
Holding me like a womb
Where I am a star,
Still falling, bawling, crawling,
Crawling to where you are.

Happy Birthday, Mother!

 

 

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