Mama’s Hands

Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line
Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?

Mama's hand

Mama made a living cleaning
other people’s mess.
little did we know
to provide for her brooding
nest.

Mama was some time fairy,
mostly shadow wiping and
cleaning and pleating.
little did we know
to keep the hearts of her own
beating.

Her nails were manicured by labor
her hands wore pinesol, not perfume.
little did we know
that their labor helped us
bloom.

We measured mama,
measured young and short, making
her living cleaning other
people’s mess
dimmed by disinfectants
unlike mothers of tales
who died tall in beauty
by whim or distress.

Mama had no such luxury.
Labor was code and treasury.

Wherever her hands touched
such and such and such, she left all
better
in small and grand measures,
we now know this much.

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2 thoughts on “Mama’s Hands

  1. What a tribute to a mother!

    “Her nails were manicured by labor
    her hands wore pinesol, not perfume.
    little did we know
    that their labor helped us
    bloom.”

    This one line is especially good! Well done!

    Like

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