for all you mothers*

who bear the human race in your arms
and raise the gutter orphans up
teaching ignorant lips civilization
wiping uncounted noses and asses
feeding every belly but your own
singing lullaby lullaby to soothe away the cry
& the armies of aunties and nanas
& the teachers of selfless generosity
& the people who mend families
thank you
the love you give us
is where all good begins
the love you give us
is why the world spins
the love you give us
picks us up when we fall
the love you give us
is how God loves us all

*reprinted from last year.

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