The Mother – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

#2022 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Day 10 10.11.22

prompt: write a struggle poem.

The Mother

It might have been the way she carried herself
and her child that caught my attention,
she struggled with an undulating walk
favouring one hip as if wounded
(I'm told birthing can do that) and
she played with her child's wrap,
holding her closely and making wide eyed contact
while simultaneously rummaging her bag.
I'm sure she was conscious of the room as 
sound under water but remained undistracted 
by the machines and voices,
there was no one else and nothing
other than their connected eyes
that seemed to matter.
Her coffee arrived and she sipped a little.
I'm certain that by the time she drank it,
it would have been stone cold,
but then, the coffee was incidental,
she was completely absorbed in her child,
and for one moment the entire cafe smiled.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under awareness, Free Verse, life, November 2022 PAD Chapbook Challenge, poem, relationship

10 responses to “The Mother – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I love how this poem ends.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. lync56

    So beautiful – I was totally drawn in by this poem


    Liked by 1 person

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