for all who aren’t

There are few days so cruel
as mothers day

A prayer of love for those who aren’t mothers.
Today may you know all you are.

A prayer of love
for those who decided they wouldn’t
be a mother
because they dared not
for fear they would replicate a world
that tried to destroy them

A prayer of love for those who did
but not by choice
who had decision thrust upon them
and now live searching for a love
that will catch up to their truth

A prayer of love for those who couldn’t
who tried but it never worked

and for those who did,
but lost.

A prayer of love for those who never got the chance to even try
and who with all the other pain that lives inside
today bear the fear of being
someone else’s pity

A prayer of love today for those who hear the word
‘mother’
with resentment, disappointment, guilt
fear, rage, horror,
sadness, ambivalence
grief

a prayer for those who cannot love their mother
or their child
and who no longer have the strength to try

A prayer of love for those who have no day
that speaks their worth
that tells their story
that reminds them they are also gift to the world

A prayer of love for those who aren’t.
Today may you know all you are.

13 Comments

  1. Amanda Nicholas

    Thank you for your words of remembrance.

  2. A

    This is truly beautiful, thank you.

    Would you mind if I posted a link to a Foster Care Support Forum?

  3. sue harrison

    Cheryl, Today is one of the hardest days in the year, for me to handle being at a Church. Everyone is handing out flowers to women who are mums, and hugging each other sharing stories of their breakfasts etc, then I remembered the words “a prayer of love” so I would like permission to copy and paste it to my journal that I keep for my own private thoughts and feelings. I thank you for posting this prayer of love.
    Lots of blessings, Sue

  4. Jane

    A wonderful gift on such a bitter-sweet day. Thankyou

  5. Jilly Daines

    Christine you have included everyone here and formed a fantastic poem/prayer with your words.
    Thankyou.

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