Mother Guilt

Let me go here once in a while

Not often or too long

Only we mothers know

What we could have been

Had we been whole

What we missed

When we weren’t there

Spoke too soon

Or not enough

Over protected

Or neglected

Too harsh

Too lax

Too busy

Too tired

We know

So let us alone

To grieve for a while

I promise

I won’t stay too long

Or I might drown

I won’t medicate it

Numb it or

Meditate it away

Instead it’s good

To face it

Then super grace it

With God’s love

Move on

There are more

Children, teens or

Young adults

To love and care for

If not my own

Then another mother’s

We need each other

We mothers

We don’t have enough

Of all we need

For this job

© 2013 Julie Clark

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Categories: Love, Parenting, Poetry | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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6 thoughts on “Mother Guilt

  1. I like the ups and downs.

  2. Catherine Pratten

    How often we have mother guilted, tennis guilted, ministry guilted together!!!

  3. Makes me weep – oh YES how we mothers need each other!

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