Mother's Day

By Shirley Riga

Becoming a mother changed my life

For my children are my teachers

I couldn’t treat my babies

With disrespect and hardness

For these innocent beings

looked to me for comfort

Looked to me for safety

Looked to me for nourishment

I was the vessel

They trusted

Their eyes helped me

Recognize my role

Their rawness helped me

Dig down deep

To find my courage and

Determination to survive

To help them thrive

And rise to become

Their own vessel

To nurture, love and grow

I am the star in their eyes

I am the guide in their explorations

I am the edge of their safety

I am the support when they fall

Their innocence holds my knowledge

Their trust holds my focus

Their challenges hold my courage

Their beauty holds my confidence

I am the starry-eyed student