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Susan Plett

About this Christian Poet:
I am a stay-at-home Mom. I have been writing poetry for four or five years. This poem is about the day that my daughter Amy's birthmother handed her to us.

Mantle Of Motherhood

She cradles her infant
tears cascade unfelt
as she rocks
eyes closed body swaying
"Ma-ry Ma-ry"
every drop of mother's blood sings

I am wordless immersed
in her pain
compassion shackles my arms
no gesture no word is appropriate
I am the thief today

a deep breath ripples her body
tender fingertip caresses downy cheek
she inhales memorizes this one
final kiss

she places the baby
in my arms settles
the mantle of motherhood
on my shoulders

Copyright©1997 by Susan Plett