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. Arantza Rementeria

    Qué hermoso poder pensar en mi madre con este soneto. Un abrazo,

    A.

    > El 26 mar 2017, a las 9:19, Malcolm Guite escribió: > > >

  2. Karen Simon

    Beautiful!

  3. Natasha

    “Who buckled down and did the work of two”
    Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Malcolm for these words that lifted my heart in the midst of my working to raise a boy without his earthly father.

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