The fourth Sunday of Lent happens also to be Mothering Sunday. 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.
This poem is taken from my collection Sounding the Seasons published by Canterbury Press. Canterbury are now also launching a Kindle Edition
If English readers would like to buy my books from a proper bookshop Sarum College Bookshop here in the UK always have it in stock.
I am happy to announce to North American readers that copies of The Singing Bowl and my other books are readily available from Steve Bell Here
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
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.
7 responses to “A Sonnet for Mothering Sunday”
Also really enjoyed seeing your poem O Sapientia in Books and Culture!! Congratulations and blessings to you!
Thank you for this. So enjoy your work, and your partnership with Steve Bell.
Greetings from Saskatchewan, Canada.
My bride and I have been using your “Word in the Wilderness” as one of our primary guides for this year’s Lenten journey. It is deep and rich and we sincerely thank you for it.
We are now sending your “Mothering Sunday” to one of our very dearest friends who was and is a single parent. Her eldest son, a young married man with children of his own, is now dealing with a potentially terminal cancer. When you see this, please join us in a prayer for him and for them all. Muchisimas gracias, Hermano Padre~ dh
A thousand thanks to you, Brother Padre~