One Deep Breath-Shelter

enclosed within me
my womb guarded you
impenetrable fortress
your fierce protector
my arms enfolded you
sweet shelter from life’s storm
flown from the nest
my love surrounds you
safe haven for the spirit

The most elemental of life’s shelters is the relationship between a mother and child. I am reminded of this lately, as I recall my son’s birth 27 years ago this month. He flew from the parental nest long ago, and later this week will fly even farther afield as he and his wife travel to her home in Thailand where he will spend several weeks with his “other family.” He has certainly attained every parents goal for their child – a fulfilling relationship and a satisfying, independent lifestyle. So, there is little I can offer him in the way of “shelter,” except the most basic of all life’s protections – my unconditional love.

Inspiration from here; photo from here


15 thoughts on “One Deep Breath-Shelter

  1. I absolutely love the first haiku especially as I am now 23weeks pregnant with my second child. I can totally relate to your words. Beautiful

  2. There’s nothing like a mother’s embrace, whether it’s in her arms or her words or carried in her thoughts.

    Wishing you peace of mind while they are out of your comfort zone.

  3. These haiku are beautiful, as are the sentiments expressed. Brought a tear to my eye. Hope B. has a great trip to Thailand!

  4. A beautiful mother’s poem. Not sure if you were the “Becca” who reviewed
    The Liar’s Diary on Amazon, but if so, it is much appreciated!

  5. I copied your post to share with some other parents.(I hope you don’t mind) To me it is a perfect primer on lifelong parenting. Truly touching and wise.
    thank you

  6. These touched me deeply. So real and beautiful. I live on the ‘other coast’ and miss my mother dearly, who is my shelter even at this distance. Thank you for these wonderful haiku.

  7. on some primal level, i’m sure he’ll always feel your love as sheltering no matter how far he’s traveling. you know, after reading your post, i think i’ll go call my mom…

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