Like the Mother of the Covenant

A Marian poem for Mother's Day.
by Virginia M. Kimball | Source:

Sweet tears squeeze out of my eyes,
an odd feeling that comes over me,
many quiet mornings as I sit at work,
gazing out the window at the tops of trees,
wind bending branches in obedience to the south,
flashes of red betray a bird’s hiding place in unfolding
oak leaves at branch’s tips. Overpowering truth of life’s
flowing ebb, fluidity of months as they pile upon months,
a mother’s watchful eyes deepen and ripen, and lines crown
her patient face. Life abounds, running round and round,
birthing to cuddling, steps to running, laughing to deep and
searing pain, days ... days pass on and the truth unfolds itself.
Only mothers know. Only mothers clasp one little hidden truth
inside their hearts forever. Life pushed itself from within her body,
clung for months and years in growth, wrestling free then pushing back.
Her secret is giving freedom when every muscle, every emotion yearns to hold on.
Her secret is the secret of covenant. No dogma, no rule, no teaching in this truth. 
Hers is the bond of life from Life to life. She knows the sign and seals each day this
covenant’s truth. Each day that passes from one to the next until she forgets
there is time. The time has a rhythm all its own, like a tide pulling in and
out. Her heart breaches this tide from time to time, like a small rowboat
on the swell. But she knows only too well, one day the warm embrace
becomes empty for a time. And then the tide returns. Waves rush in
as more life births. Young mother’s time ebbs to grand-mothering.
Storytelling from the depths of her being spill on new eyes, in new
laps, for new revelations. No one can define the workings of this
lifelong covenant of love. The only possible gesture is an early
Sunday morning egg, cold on a pretty plate, with a short note
attached: "Dear Mom, Happy Mother’s Day!" She knows
how long that memory will stay.

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