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~ By Courtesy of Others ~


Earth Mother

Without me
   no seed grows
   no milk flows
   no honey in the hive.
   Without my touch
   no sweet exchange of breath
   between plant and animal
   no safe nest from which
   to try your fledgling span
   no one to miss you when you go

Without the part of you
   that is me
   your children run out without their shoes
   your lover forgets breakfast and will never stop smoking
   and those homeless people
   will sit on curbs forever

And all I ask is that you reflect to me
   what I have given to you....

I held you through your bad dreams
   washed your torn and muddied bluejeans
   shared my ice cream when the other kids picked on you
   I made your azaleas bloom
   sympathized with your frustrations
   and returned your wallet when you dropped it on the bus
   I helped you remember that word
   you almost lost down the bathroom drain
   and nurture it into a song.
   I put into your neighbor's trash can
   the exact cable you needed.
   I gave you courage to reach out
   and make connections that stay.
   And all I ask is that you reflect to others
   what I have given to you.

I made you a world full of everything
   you could possibly need.

I gave you the freedom
   to make a grand and glorious mess of it all.

And should that mess prove fatal,
   I will even clean up after you
   down to that last bit of styrofoam
   and radioactive waste.

I will be mother to the cockroaches
   if you will not have me.
   Such is the prerogative
   of a mother's love.

Raven Kaldera

This poem is
from Jord's Shrine.

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