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A Shout Out for the Mothers: Mother’s Day Poem Mothers' Stories
Alison Jones, Oxford, UK
Photo: Teresa Pitman, daughter-in-law Ali (pregnant with Walter), and Dexter by Snap Photo Studio

Mother’s Day poem

 

A Shout Out for the Mothers

Give me a shout for all the mothers, biological and others,

who do the mothering thing,

who feed and nurture and cook and look up everything,

to make their right choices, in a cacophony of voices

that would tell them how to be.

Give me a shout for all the mothers who couldn’t,

so made the hardest of decisions,

and lie awake night after night pining for what might have been,

the life they might have seen,

but for whatever reason, it wasn’t their season

and there can be no revisions.

Give me a shout for the aunts who visit

laden with love and toys for small girls and boys,

who flock their ankles and thank profusely, physically.

Give me a shout for the friends, childless,

who step bravely into our family spaces,

intent to playing their way through the day

with creativity and integrity, guiding small ones

in their own becoming, from nothing to everything.

Give me a shout for the grandmothers, who’ve done it all before,

but let the next generation learn beneath their stern yet loving gaze,

in a space they can call their own.

Give me a shout for the mothers in darkness,

hiding from a light too bright, who struggle

to face the world, with love and support,

may they gently unfurl.

Give me a shout for those mothers who wanted to be

but found pregnancy more of a challenge than they realized

and whose hopes vanished before their eyes.

Give me a shout for the mothers who have passed

from physical form and those we mourn.

Give me a shout for all those who mother,

doing great things, bringing the next generation through,

so they can do what they need to do,

so give me a shout for all the mothers, biological and many others.

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Alison & Edith

Alison Jones is an LLL Leader, a writer, and teacher from Oxford. She is a mother to three children, aged five, three and nine months. She is passionate about breastfeeding and advocates for women and families.

Alison is our poet in residence on breastfeedingtoday. Click to hear more of her poems below (and listen out for her series of poems, coming shortly, to celebrate each of the ten concepts that embody LLL philosophy).

Poems by Alison

 

Breasts

Connections

Give me a Meeting with Mothers

La Leche League Meetings

Ten Concepts: Making Milk

Ten Concepts: Mothering through Breastfeeding

 


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