"Love Poem" By Jennie Linthorst (Happy Mother's Day!)

Love Poem
by Jennie Linthorst

I want to write a love poem
for the mother I am today.

I want to tell her it’s okay to have those days
when it hurts
as in the park today,
when she watched other three-year-old boys
move their bodies with ease,
his parents unaware
of brainpower the body must use
to accomplish such tasks.

I want to write a love poem to this mother
who is the very light in her son’s eyes.
I want her to notice how he leans his body closer to her lap,
one arm always attached,
held on to, protected.

I want her to witness the bond of mother to son,
to witness the perfection
of just that simple thing.

I want her to know that no one in this world
can alter, judge, assess, label,
or destroy that miracle.

I want to write a love poem to this mother
who sits in a chair tonight,
tired and frustrated.

I want her to remember these moments with clarity,
to remember that each day comes and goes.

To remember that the big things and little things
have turned out okay.


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Thank you to Jennie Linthorst (mom to Graham from the movie Autisic Like: Graham's Story) for allowing me to reprint this poem.  Her entire collection of 61 poems (which are amazing), will be available for purchase this summer.

Happy Mother's Day my friends,
Hartley













2 comments:

Rileys Smile said...

Lovely, I will remember. Thank you!

Lizbeth said...

Beautiful, thank you.