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.

This poem is from my book Sounding the Seasons published by Canterbury Press and it is available on Amazon 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

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.


Filed under christianity, Poems, politics

10 responses to “Mothering Sunday: a sonnet

  1. I am one of those mothers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  2. On March 13, 1996 I was prepared to lead worship at All Saints Church in Croughton, England. I was stationed at RAF Croughton as a Chaplain. They were without a vicar. Sadly, before our Mothering Sunday worship I led a prayer service in the wake of the Dunblane mass shooting. My heart was forever touched by that service and the dear people of the Village who gathered…

  3. Pingback: Mothering Sunday: a sonnet | Pastor Michael Moore's Blog

  4. Blessings to all the beautiful mom’s!

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