The Mississippi of Motherhood

In the midst of rhapsodizing endless lost days spent at home with my children as babes, toddlers, kids—their faces terrifying lights of innocence looking up, trusting I’d give everything, which I mostly willingly did—those days before a black hole swallowed my resolve, my bed, my home, and finding myself now sitting with my 15 year old son, the baby, who’s lived with his father for years, watching the movie he chose, Colossal—not one I would choose, but touched, nonetheless, he wanted to watch it with me, knowing I’d like the fight sequences, which I did—I am reminded of the Romantic sublime inside the silence of mothering, those eternal minutes, swept up in children rivers, not drowning, no resting, no branches, no bottom, just treading in place yet moving by giant steadfast current, no white water thrill, just slow and brown, the Mississippi of motherhood, water in my ears, shore out of sight, I could never fully surrender to the pull, nor to the brown depth, and yet, with only three years left in my last child’s childhood, I can think of no other timelessness I’d fancy more than the terrifying boredom of slow witness: the mystery of my boy’s voice cracking into man, his whiskers, his leg and armpit hairs thickening by the minute. Please, life, I beg: take my regret, mundane me to bliss, trade me my every regret for this.

2017

One Response to “The Mississippi of Motherhood”

  1. eduardo says:

    A prose poem. And I think you did quite well. Is this, too, a “Romantic sublime”? I’m not sure whether it’s Romantic, but yea verily indeed, ’tis sublime.

    Love, “terrifying boredom.” Too, love your using mundane as an imperative verb. And, of course the closing rhyme of, bliss/this.

    Oy, such beseeching yearning you’ve relayed.

    (And… how apropos is it, here, that the Mississippi is also known as, The Big Muddy?)

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