I arrived home this Mother’s Day evening to find a card and small vase of flowers waiting on my doorstep. The sight alone was gift enough, but the real treasure was the poem inside. I share it here with the permission of my dear friend and writer, Saralina Kamholtz.We are scooping up stars and giving them back on freshly washed plates, Spilling them like apples from our hands into neat constellations, crispy and sweet. We are clearing a path for your feet to go racing forward, Handing you chalk to build your ladders to some new heaven stretching out on the pavement ahead. We are sending our voices out, tucked into pockets, Stitching flannel lining for your fingers to find when darkness whispers its cold breath, and you are standing there, alone, waiting for the street lamps to turn on. We are laying heads in our laps at the end of each last summer day, where we have been saying “go” and “come back,” with the rise and fall of waves, Finger knitting stories into your hair that will carry you through sleep. Most of the blooming things I know of start as seeds, sheltered by the fierce and loving hearts of women.
© May 2013 by Saralina Kamholtz. All rights reserved.