Mother wraps fragility in tender strength.
Her terror reveals tremendous power:
alas eternal, not corporeal.
If her glance were as effective as The Lord’s
on the pursuing Egyptians in the Red Sea,
Herod’s henchmen would have exploded into flames.
In the final embrace
she silences the cry
that will nonetheless echo
in the eviscerated space between her arms
until her last exhale
Sheila Murphy, BM, MA, lives in coastal Maine and works in ministry and mental health. Her creative work features cross-fertilization between nature, poetry, photography, prayer and retreat leadership and musical performance. Balance is maintained by fiddling in a weekly Irish Session at the local pub.
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