mother’s day

if our moms deserve a day
there is no cutsie tootsie
hallmark homage reason

because motherhood
it isn’t about spring flowers
pastel colors
or a sweetly sung lullaby

it is for swollen feet
stretch marks
torn flesh
and everything
that vomits
in the middle of the night

the thousand dollars loaned
to the child who will eventually
quit college

and still be loved enough
to be baked a pie

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