A Mother’s Day Truth

Across the world and in Hallmark cards

A mother is a mascot for love.

A mother is supposed to be god.

Her love abiding, ever-lasting, patient, and kind

A mother is supposed to move heaven and earth.

Be a nurse, a chef, a chauffeur, a teacher,

a cheerleader, a motivator, and an inspirational speaker.

A mother is supposed to hold the secrets of the world in her palm

and wisdom in her eyes.

She is supposed to wipe your tears and

inspire you to go for your dreams

even if her dreams are broken.

Especially if her dreams are broken.

She is supposed to the endless source of love

even if she didn’t receive it to begin with.

She is supposed to be her child’s superhero

and a magician all rolled into one.

A mother is supposed to be an exemplary servant-leader

anticipating her every child’s every need even before it manifests.

A mother is supposed to soothe away pains and hurts

even if she herself hurts and don’t know how.

A mother is supposed to be the salve that heals

even if she herself is not healed.

Yes, a mother is supposed to be like god

loving, forgiving, giving, motivating, inspiring, supporting, cheering, trusting, sacrificing

and a super human as well

cooking, working, driving, earning, cleaning, helping, scrubbing, packing, wrapping and loving.

This Mother’s Day, I will tell you the truth

Being a mother is both elevating and exhausting.

This Mother’s Day, I will tell you the truth

Your Mother is a fallible human just like you.

She hurts and feels just like you.

She can be needy and loving all at the same time, just like you.

She has no super powers.

She is no Santa Claus.

She is a fellow-human who is trying

because she does love you.

She is no super-hero

Still, send her a card and flowers

No reason not to celebrate love, any love.

Even if she is no super-hero.

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17 Responses to A Mother’s Day Truth

  1. Robin says:

    You got that right. I am no super hero!

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    • Yup, mothers are already worshipped/vilified – as the source of all good and evil in this world. No one talks about how isolating it is to be on a pedestal ripe for stoning! And the reality of motherhood.


  2. heather426 says:

    beautiful poetry. I’m glad mine are grown but I still worry about them all the time. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ah, reality! Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. platosgroove says:

    Imperfect heroines. Yet you still fly higher than any other under the power bestowed by necessity and love, accomplishing feats never to be realized before the babies. And when we can finally take off our cape and walk among mortals again we can glory in the transforming miracle as our babies learn to fly for theirs. Very nice work!

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  5. Really great words Latha. It is both elevating and exhausting! Nothing like it in the world. Happy Mothers Day to you!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Nicola Gill says:

    Beautiful. I love and miss my Mum ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ash says:

    Mothers need to be appreciated because they have the hardest job in the world. Thanks for the poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Roses says:

    Thank you for beautiful poem

    Liked by 1 person

  9. frenchc1955 says:

    This is a wonderful post! And I wanted to tell you that I have nominated you for the No Strings Attached award.

    Liked by 1 person

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