Mothering Sunday; a sonnet

...for those who loved and laboured...

Continuing in my series of sonnets for the Church Year I have written this one for Mothering Sunday. It’s a thanksgiving for all parents, especialy for those who bore the fruitful pain of labour, and more particularly in this poem I have singled out for praise those heroic single parents who, for whatever reason, have found themselves bearing alone the burdens, and sharing with no-one the joys of their parenthood.

I am grateful to Oliver  Neale for his thought-provoking work as a photographer, and, as always, you can hear the poem by clicking on the ‘play’ button, or on the title

Mothering Sunday

 

At last, in spite of all, a recognition,

For those who loved and laboured for so long,

Who brought us, through that labour, to fruition

To flourish in the place where we belong.

A thanks to those who stayed and did the raising,

Who buckled down and did the work of two,

Whom governments have mocked instead of praising,

Who hid their heart-break and still struggled through,

The single mothers forced onto the edge

Whose work the world has overlooked, neglected,

Invisible to wealth and privilege,

But in whose lives the kingdom is reflected.

Now into Christ our mother church we bring them,

Who shares with them the birth-pangs of His Kingdom.

5 Comments

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5 responses to “Mothering Sunday; a sonnet

  1. beautifully written, thank you.
    Peace and love,
    Diana

  2. Thank you, friend, as always for bringing beauty to all of us but bringing also dignity to shadowed places of our human condition. There is such grace in you.

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  4. bonaru

    I really like the line ‘But in whose lives the kingdom is reflected’, – a tribute to ordinary everyday self-sacrifice. Even when we feel alone, we can trust that God shares our joy of being parents – every moment.

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