Letters to the Editor

The Tree of Motherhood

Monday, May 14, 2018

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Dear Editor,

A bit of poetry for mother:

For the first time since I've known myself I'm trunkless — motherless

My mother is dead — recently died but I'm still a mother

Three limbs keep me anchor, and how will they fare I wonder.

Should my roots wither, will they limb themselves?

Grow new leaves sprout; stars laminating the sky

A mother is a tree with branches under which you shelter,

seedlings grow around her gingerly Spreading their boughs

Her sap sustains a colony of ants and a wriggle of worms breathing soil.

Some mothers are storms ravaging a forest;

Some are gentle streams meandering unnoticed.

My mother lived fearlessly, always outran the squall threatening the clothes on the line.

Love and laughter were the blossoms she bequeathed — a sturdy tree

no hurricane wind ever broke.

Opal Palmer Adisa




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