May Love Follow You – A Poem by Rowe Williams

for mom

There is a book of poems titled "Mother Love" 
by the fortunately named Rita Dove.
I mention it to justify the
inadequacy of one poem
to broach the topic.
But I will try.

You see, mothers are challenging.
To themselves as much as anyone else.
To be faced with the passion
of a mother
is a challenge itself.
The ferocity of love.

We were made for love.
But still, a mother's love
is strange to me.
At once foreign
and the most natural thing I know.
The fullness of love.

A love to fill not one heart
but two.
A love that doesn't just love,
but gives, teaches, molds, nurtures.
The foundation of life and love.
The endurance of love.

And mother knows
the pain of that love.
The vulnerability of a life
in two parts.
But her own safety is not under
the protection of love.

Because she has chosen
the second part of her life.
Chosen her child,
to be life now.
The choice of love.

And that choice
has made me.

1 thought on “May Love Follow You – A Poem by Rowe Williams

  1. So beautiful! A mother’s love really is, one could say, the strongest force in the world 🙂

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