Last week, as I picked up the SAME clutter around the house for the umpteenth time and made the SAME meals and did the SAME laundry, the repetitive mundane aspects of motherhood started to get me down. The thought came to me, “I’m always moving but I feel like I’m so seldom moving forward or really accomplishing anything!” Then a poem started to form in my head.

I don’t really write poetry – except for my dad’s birthday when his only request is a poem from each of his children (he LOVES poetry and has taught us all a lot about capturing thoughts and feelings through poetry). Poetry takes time for quiet thinking – something I don’t seem to have that often. But I do love how writing poetry helps you think about things on a different level.  Anyway, here’s the poem I came up with.


Motherhood is Movement.


It’s up and down movement as we pick up

babies and socks and crayons and cheerios,

run stuff and people upstairs and down,

sit down and jump up ten times during dinner,

get up five times at night to solve nightmares and hunger and sickness


It’s sideways movement as we go

from helping with homework to stirring the dinner,

from reading stories on the couch to doing crafts at the table,

from school to the store to soccer to scouts to dance


It’s circular, repetitive movement as we

do the same dishes and clean up the same messes

make the same favorite foods and read the same books

answer the same questions and mediate the same spats


Sometimes we wonder

Are we getting anywhere with all this movement?

Is there any forward movement involved

in the up-and-down, the side-to-side, the circular?


The up-and-down, back-and-forth, repetitive motion

of a river

wears off sharp edges

creates paths



gives life


The up-and-down, back-and-forth, repetitive motion of motherhood

refines us

as it wears off our rough spots

creates us

as it exposes our strengths and weaknesses

soothes us

as we surrender to its rhythms

gives us life

as we give life to others

and propels us ever forward

on the hilly, zig-zag path

towards the people we’re meant to be


Question: What is motherhood teaching you this week? How is motherhood helping you progress as a person?

Challenge: Write your own poem about motherhood. Just jot down words and thoughts that capture some of what you’re going through as a mother and create a “snapshot” of your current life as a mom. It doesn’t have to be a “good” poem or one that you care to share. It can just be a collection of thoughts to help you remember what you’re experiencing and learning about motherhood right now.
Photo submitted by Saren Eyre Loosli


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