Wednesday, December 31, 2008

No . . . Not Ever


Where does a mother's soul begin and end?
Where does that long cord wind
from deep within . . . out to the heavens?
Does her heart find its beat and rhythm
in the eyes of her child?

I don't know, except that
I have felt such love immortal
and tender
so soft as a tiny sparrow
come to rest in my palm
and then sometimes that strange
and quiet sadness
that would tear my heart wide open.

My child
once a sweet tenant
in my womb . . .
once a part of my every breath,
the presence, the knowing
that I was not alone.

Can a mother forget
that first scent of life born free?
No . . . not ever
till the earth becomes her blanket
in the snow one day
not ever . . .

Joanne Cucinello 2008


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  2. That was truly beautiful... the quietness of the tone that fell of it, the emotional attachment that a mother feels just moved this piece to melancoly... Thank you for sharing your talent and a very Happy New Year to you and your family.... suzi

  3. Thank you suzi and Happy New year to you and yours also.
    I wrote this after trying to comfort my daughter who was crying a few days ago, so sad that her baby was almost weaned. She was feeling that deep second sadness, as I call it, the first being the one when baby leaves the womb and your body is singular once again.
    Mothers learn early, that process of letting go, the bitter sweet balm of baby-love.
    Blessings to you.

  4. almost amazing that you published this on the same day i published
    d'arcy noor

    a look at mother hood,, and mother daughter relationships in a much different light....

    this was tender and beautiful,, and every mothers dream......

  5. A most touching poem, with sentiments that are clearly borne of experience. Sharing this is a great blessing to your readers. Thank you so much. Cheers.

  6. Paisley,
    Thank you so much and I got to read your own poem,d'arcy noor . . .It touched me deeply too. I left a comment.

  7. Dear S.L.
    So nice to hear from you and yes, the sentiments expressed did come from my own life experience and I share to unite with other mother hearts. Thanks so much!


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