Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

Precious Moments of Mothering

Here inside this church
We sat on the same pew.
While others focused
their eyes at the front aisle
and towards the pulpit,
here beside me, I found
this woman cuddling
her own baby.

She held her child
close to her bosom,
hugged her
with all her warmth,
whispered words
to her ears
and drowned her child
with her loving smiles.

The child giggled,
closed her eyes and slept,
secured and contented
in her mother's robust arms
cuddled and assured
of a peaceful world.

Here beside this woman
I remembered my three girls
who now have moved out
to manage their own life.
Here on a Sunday in this church
I journeyed to the past days.

This woman's hugging
her own child
This mother's enfolding
her child by her two
strong arms
This mother's peace
while holding her child
touched deeply my heart.

Silently tears ran through
my cheeks as silent whispers
of such a great wave of emotions
of missing my own children
while recalling the precious moments
of mothering a child.


Submitted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012


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  • Rookie - 7 Points Deva De Silva (10/16/2012 6:13:00 PM)

    A poem fondly re-living a moment that all mothers can relate to. Warm, poignant, and evoking familiar emotions and imagery.
    Thanks, Deva (Report) Reply

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