A Mother Bears (a Poem)

A mother bears…

 

Elation at a positive test.

Excitement over pregnancy news.

Confusion at parenting issues.

Terror of health problems.

Pain during labor.

 

Euphoria when seeing her baby.

Stamina through exhaustion.

Delight in first steps, foods, words.

Intensity to make the best decisions.

Toughness in discipline.

 

Enchantment at handmade gifts.

Fervor for team activities.

Determination for fundraising.

Contentment when child sleeps.

Satisfaction at healthy checkups.

 

Dismay at teenage ugliness.

Courage to whisper, not scream.

Strength to endure her child’s misery.

Gratification at child’s choices.

Pride at child’s graduation.

 

Secret agonizing sobs and prayers.

Aching loneliness in an empty room.

Hope for a phone call or text.

Joy in a meeting or visit.

Pleasure from grateful hugs.

 

A mother bears it all.

Heart breaking.

Heart warming.