mom recites poem

How have you been feeling lately? The other day, some mom I know were talking about the ups and downs of parenting. When one of your children is having a hard time, it can really consume you as a mom. Then, our friend sent us this beautiful poem…

The Raincoat

by Ada Limón

‘When the doctor suggested surgery

and a brace for all my youngest years,

my parents scrambled to take me

to massage therapy, deep tissue work,

osteopathy, and soon my crooked spine

unspooled a bit, I could breathe again,

and move more in a body unclouded

by pain. My mom would tell me to sing

songs to her the whole forty-five minute

drive to Middle Two Rock Road and forty-

five minutes back from physical therapy.

She’d say, even my voice sounded unfettered

by my spine afterward. So I sang and sang,

because I thought she liked it. I never

asked her what she gave up to drive me,

or how her day was before this chore. Today,

at her age, I was driving myself home from yet

another spine appointment, singing along

to some maudlin but solid song on the radio,

and I saw a mom take her raincoat off

and give it to her young daughter when

a storm took over the afternoon. My god,

I thought, my whole life I’ve been under her

raincoat thinking it was somehow a marvel

that I never got wet.’

 

“The Raincoat” is from The Carrying by Ada Limón, published by Milkweed Editions, via The Slowdown podcast.

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