Author’s note: This poem marks the first time I have worked with anybody on a poem, so I was initially hesitant about this piece. With that in mind, it was a unique experience. I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Jala, really made things a lot easier and did most of the hard work here.
Without your mother you wouldn’t breathe your first breath
Without your mother you wouldn’t take your first steps
Without your mother you couldn’t be you
From the moment your heart took its first beat
From the moment your lungs took their first gasp of air
Your mother loved you unconditionally
Your first, your last, your always
She held you close to her heart, protected you from harm
Sheltered you from the elements, cloaked you in her love
She watched you grow up
She watched you mature
She watched you succeed
She watched you fall in love
She watched you mess up
She watched you cry
She watched you disappoint
She watched your heart break
All the things I criticized you for
All the things I was angry about
I now understand.
Mothers spot the slithering snakes,
The friends in your life that weren’t.
Warned you of their poison, cautioned you of their bite
You get angry and shun her
Every time, you get angry and lash out
What does she know? My mother could never understand
Before you know it, you’re back in mom’s bedroom
Crying to her
Realizing she was, unfortunately, right
Appreciating the wisdom you cast aside
Appreciating her concern, and her guidance
She is your therapist.
Your best friend.
Don’t deny your mother’s love
Without her, you are not you