We all came from mothers: we have something in common.
Our first act almost unspeakable
hurtling towards bright lights, causing our Other shrieking pain.
Mothers let us off the hook —
it wasn’t really our fault —
the pea-green stuff was cleared off, we sucked from the core of the earth,
nestled, smiled, were cutely dressed, learned the Hula hoop, read Nietzsche,
or learned to shoot, worked EMT
or spent years shooting hoops, opened a laundry
How ridiculous the way life steps in to scatter one ur-motherhood story
it cannot be mastered
as every “birth plan” and over-imposition will veer off course
Let each birth be
as it wants