Tuesday, September 1, 2015

About Her...

Her face has grown familiar with the tender trace of tears
Her heart is like a stronghold held in place by prayers and years
Her hands have learned the art of folding close while letting go
The tug-of-war that tests the best of Her, her joy and woe

She dances while the dew of death wreaths every breath of life
She watches though she will not see the full-fruit of her strife
She labors though Her spoils of toil may seem a humble prize
She runs her race for more than Fame’s delight of hollow sighs

She values words like Family and Husband, Daughter, Son
She cherishes the happiness of smiles;  ‘I love you, mom’
She does not count for nothing, second miles nobody sees
For she has learned how soft and smooth Time seals its reels with ease

Her face becomes a maze of love-lines, glazed oft-times with This
…the silver-lining from the mold of have-and-hold’s keen kiss
But still, she asks for nothing more, for heaven understood
And bent to kiss Her brow and crown Her days with Motherhood

© Janet Martin

We hardly had any 'just-us' days this summer, Victoria commented off-handedly to me the other day.
She didn't see my heart lurch with greedy sorrow:)

Off to make some memories, Lord willing, in the friendship of an answered prayer...I might share more tomorrow. We'll see how the day goes.


  1. I don't know if this is your mother you're writing of so beautifully here, but it certainly is my own mother.

    I hope you have frequent 'just us' days with Victoria.

    1. I was thinking of every mother, in a way. Those whose families were born into their care, as well as those who've 'adopted' families along the way...so much has happened recently to make me ponder our mother-roles. Yes, definitely this is a picture of my mother as well!

      Thank-you Dewena:)

  2. Such a lovely tribute to motherhood...this fits my own mom too.

  3. When we honor our mothers, we honor God. Beautiful.

  4. I pray that these words may, one day, be said of me. There are unexpected pangs in motherhood and the challenge is to meet them and embrace them with grace.

    Some really moving lines in this one, Janet.

    1. 'There are unexpected pangs in motherhood and the challenge is to meet them and embrace them with grace.'
      oh yes! I will take this quote from you as a sort of motto.

      I was thinking as i wrote this, in part of the *Tippett's family

      *Mundane Faithfulness
      Courageous grief: Welcome back, Jason!

      and the 'mothers' that have stepped in there...of the young mothers watching their first scholars go out the door, of mothers who have suddenly found themselves 'empty nesters' because the last one starts college, and this is just a little of what inspired this poem.


Thank you for your visit to this porch. I'd love to hear if or how this post/poem touched you!