{A Day in the Life}

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Choking back sobs
Short of breath
No visible marker of efforts today
Filled to the brim
Overflowing internal work
Their hearts
My heart
All these moments add up to a day
A day in the life

Their lives
Days once done, done.
No do-overs
No unsaying of words
No undoing of movements
Merciless time, it cannot be undone
It crashes over me yet again

Memories tucked around the edges
Laughter in-between moments
Sparkling eyes
Soft hugs
Tickling kisses
Tears welling up
Stomach in knots
Overreactions
Misunderstandings
Words overstated
Aggravation appears
Apologies
Restating
Deep breaths
More embraces
Relief floods as we all sit together
A day in the life

A canvas of mixed media
A spectrum of colors bleeding each one into the next
Tired to the bone
An achy heart gathering it all up to remember
A full heart
Throbbing with life
Expectancy
Hope
Joy
Ever deepening bonds of a life well lived
Mistakes and all bring colors together
We are more than okay
This is family
This is mothering
This is a day in the life

I will embrace the hard with the good
It cannot come any other way
Whines intertwined with breathy I-love-yous
Together we are
Here, now, in this moment
I’m scooping it all up
Breathing it in
Clenched fists give way to surrender
A day in the life

{Hope Wood © 2014}

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