The Mission of Mothering

mothering
a job made of minutiae

a small mission:
collecting beach-glass
the duller the better
green is good
blue is best
I look for writing, patterns

everyone needs a mission
the mission of mothering—-
too hard to comprehend
in the narrowness of days

the sheen of beach grass
against the matte blankness
of winter sky
behind me
the sheen of unwashed dishes
the matte blankness
of unpassed time

mothers, trapped in their houses
maternal quarantine
out of the way
of real deadlines
important missions
of the industrial machine
carried out by others,
elsewhere

the ultimate mission
to raise a human being
too big to convey
in the narrowness of days

The Mission of Mothering

vixenvision

South Arm, Australia

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