Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
And Still I Have Loved

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I have been mother
to rock-chuckers,
work-shirkers,
back talkers
who have incurred
the wrath
of teachers, coaches,
choir directors, and
neighbor ladies,
and still I have loved,
as diaper rash gave way to acne,
colic to hangovers,
and the rock-chuckers
became
curfew-breakers
and car-wreckers,
and still I have loved
until the car-wreckers finally
became
job-holding,
bill-paying,
upstanding
members of society
who'd probably still like to
chuck a rock or two
now and then.

This poem previously appeared in Pudding Magazine.



Gretchen Fletcher‘s poems have been published in journals such as The Chattahoochee Review, Pacific Coast Journal, Inkwell, Pudding Magazine, and in anthologies including Full Circle, A Summer’s Reading, and Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge. She leads poetry and creative nonfiction workshops for the Council for Florida Libraries and for Florida Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress. She is the mother of two sons, ages 40 and 29. Her website Open Art Space features her poetry paired with paintings and photographs.


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