MOTHER

M.O.T.H.E.R. by Caela Collins

by Caela Collins

(in dedication to my mother Valerie)


Childhood

Mother, mother there is no

Other

Together we share the same color

Hair

Even though there’s a lot of 

Rules

So what I think you’re cool!I Love You!


Adulthood

Most of all, I want to say thank-you. No matter how

Overly elaborate the words of my declaration become, it all muddles down to 

Those two sweet syllables that represent true unrefined gratefulness.

How is it that you manifested my architecture from flesh & bone to the 

Effervescence of my smile? Maybe you never 

Really needed me, but it was the 


Valor of motherhood that 

Attuned to this 

Love that’s 

Entrapped in pure 

Reverence. 

I see the same bravery within your heart that chose not to 

Escape the day destiny called upon your glorious name, MOTHER. 


I Love you and I’m Thankful for you Mom!


This piece is part of Breakthrough’s program By & For; An initiative to amplify the lived experiences of creative girls and gender non-conforming youth of color in authentic, nuanced, and respectful ways, and provide them with platforms to share their own creative work, on their own terms. Support By & For here.

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