Letter from a Mother

I did not promise you flowers blooming
I did not promise you sun-shiny days
I did not promise you paths straight or even
I did not promise you years of not living apart
I did not promise you that I would not leave before my time

For I could not promise you what I did not have to give
So
I did what a Mother does best…
I filled you with all the love and light that swelled within
I sang to you all the songs that my heart could sing
I wrote to you all the letters that my hands could write
I shared with you all the best of what was given to me
I raised you with all the courage that I could muster
And if I did not promise you anything more
I hope that you know
That you
Beloved
Who pauses and kneels to smells the flowers not yet bloomed
Who sees the sun shining behind the clouds gray and low
Who walks the paths whether they be twisted and slippery
Who feels my light from the universes here and beyond
Who believes that the Infinite wraps her arms around our time together
You
Yes you
Are the greatest promise that I made to the world
Thank you
For honoring the promises I could not even make
For listening to my songs and replying to my letters
And for making new today
Some promises of your own…
-Mom

 

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