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A Mother's Love
by Lisa Schroeder

You pour your heart out
and I listen,
drinking it in,
hoping I can fill it back up
with love
and make everything
okay.

A mother's love.
Perhaps it is enough.

I can't help
but remember,
when you were three
and a cuddle
in the chair
with me and a tattered blankie
made everything
all better.

A mother's love.
Back then it was enough.

I hold your hand
and tell you
how special you are,
how smart you are,
how kind you are
and that someday
you will find people
who appreciate
those things.

A mother's love.
Your eyes tell me it isn't enough.

I hug you
and tell you I love you
and then go to my room
where the love
now pours quietly
from me
onto my pillow,
as I join you
in despair.

A mother's love.
Why can't it be enough?




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lisaalbert
Apr. 4th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, Lisa. This is so beautiful. Man, can I relate!
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, parenting sure is hard sometimes, huh? :)
sachaw
Apr. 4th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Wow - beautiful.
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
thank you.
kellyrfineman
Apr. 4th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Lovely.
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
thank you.
robinellen
Apr. 4th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Made me cry...
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
you should have seen me while I wrote it! :)
debbierfischer
Apr. 4th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
I can relate too. beautiful, Lisa.
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
I never knew it could be so hard...
jgurtler
Apr. 4th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful

Janet
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
Thanks Janet
de_scribes
Apr. 4th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wow!
You're tugging on me over here.
It's just wonderful.
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
thanks :)
jamarattigan
Apr. 4th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Last two stanzas are killers. Lovely poem!
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
thanks jama
tamra_wight
Apr. 4th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
That is so gorgeous. It swirls around my heart, especially today as my college baby called me at work in tears. She thought she failed a test this morning, her computer completely crashed and she needed it to sign up for Fall 2008 classes next week.

How I wish I could have fixed it all for her.
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
I know - it's so hard. We want to take their pain away, and we just...can't.
wendy_wendi
Apr. 4th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Lisa, I just love this. It's beautiful and so perfectly descriptive of how it feels to be a mom and helpless to take away your child's heartache.

Thanks for sharing the link with us on Ourkids. :)

~ Wendi
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 5th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
thanks so much Wendi
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