Cheers to the women

Cheers to the women who have
loved me fiercely.
The ones who called forth the me in me.
Who weathered my storms and
faced my fears and
carried a snack just for me,
sometimes sweet, sometimes salty but
always the word or gesture or
bag of chips I needed.

Cheers to the women who mothered me
into the mother I’ve become.
To my mom, cheers.
Also to the dozens of others,
some without children of their own,
whose mothering spirits
nurtured me into life.

Cheers to the glorious truth that
there are many ways to mother,
as infinite as our collective need
to be mothered.
And where would I be without
the two?


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