Poets’ Corner: A Farewell to Mama’s Arms

Poets’ Corner: A Farewell to Mama’s Arms

Oh, how it torments my heartstrings to tie up this chapter

I clench ever so tightly to what will soon be a mother’s memory

As it quickly and ever so surely is fading from my daily routine

What was once around the clock is down to a precious nightcap

As these words delicately drip from my maternal well of wisdom

I fight yet embrace a floodgate of tears entrenched upon my cheeks

So certain to me that this outpour is not a novel nuance of motherhood

Surely an eternal army of women have busted through these levies

How I yearn for a group hug from this soulfully collected congregation

And as I place that prayer into the palm of God I notice something

I sense warmth on my cheeks, a calming carousel around my chest

As providing sustenance to this tiny being blew my maternal mind

And rocked my world back and forth through a thousand lullabies

It too must come to an end where tears dry to pave timeless tracks

Cementing a soulful, cobble stone imprint on a woman and child

But first, a baby girl sobs in harmony with gusts of changing winds

As her mother inhales one final guzzle of gut-wrenching gratitude

It is time for both to be brave and bid farewell to Mama’s arms

Ms. Bryant was a Coast Guard spouse stationed on Martha’s Vineyard from 2009-2011. Some may say they’ve left their heart in the city by the bay, but hers is surely on the Vineyard.


  1. Happy Mother’s Day and thank you for sharing your experience through such a beautiful poem.