Three poems about parenting

If you stumble across this post, I’d like to encourage you to take a moment and breathe deeply, then slowly read these three poems about parenting that I wrote. They are short, but not meant to be skimmed. Take a moment and be present as you read them. Then carry that being-present-and-paying-attention-ness into the rest of your day.

You pray for a miracle and forget

how your hips turn out
just in time and your ribs
fan gently open
like doors letting the breeze in;
how your spine shifts
to keep you and the new life
in balance, walking, moving forward.
And your toes,
don’t forget the brilliance of their sprawl,
something so subtle giving
stability to your entire being.

His Limbs Grow Gold with Hair

Just now he tripped
over a toy, refused
my comfort, saying
“No, mommy, I can
do it. I can kiss
it all better.”

And he did
kiss his own arm
while pushing
me away.

Dear God

The sky is stunning tonight –
just the feast I need to appease
the desperation in me.
You already know this

and also this: I have been shocked
by motherhood –
how wide my heart has opened
as if to swallow every ocean,
not just the first few glittering fathoms
but even the translucent creatures
at unmeasurable depths
with skin unfamiliar to light.

14 Comments

  1. Shannon

    Thanks for these! Who is/are the authors of these poems?

      • Shannon

        They are beautiful — thank you 🙂

  2. Caroline Starr Rose

    Thank you so much for these. I love these lines:

    how wide my heart has opened
    as if to swallow every ocean,

    That has been my motherhood experience, too. I didn’t fully know my capacity to love or my desire to grab on and “swallow every ocean” before now.

    • Brenda

      Exactly how I felt, and what struck me the most! That and the depth. It IS so much more than the sunny upper ocean layers that first come to mind. That love is unimaginably, indescribably deep and yes, mysterious.

  3. Deserae

    Beautiful poems. They really capture motherhood so insightfully. Thank you for sharing these.

  4. Maggie

    What beautiful words…

  5. Peggy

    Thank you. And thank you for the opening words encouraging the reader to be present. These are beautiful poems.

  6. kariane

    Beautiful.

  7. Hannah

    As a busy mom it’s easy to neglect parts of myself that don’t put food on the table or aren’t on someone else’s to do list for me. But that cheats everyone. My family needs all of (the real) me to be all in. Poetry is a part of me. Thanks for the stirring reminders today, and the chance to be me in a way I hadn’t for a while.

  8. Emma

    Goodness. How beautifully you capture the beauty and pain of motherhood. Thank you.

  9. Kristi

    Wow. Lovely! I have little boys and the middle poem made me a little sad …

  10. elizabeth

    these are beautiful.
    i will share the first one with a friend of mine who is pregnant now.

  11. Carrie

    BEAUTIFUL.

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