This Sacred Space

This Sacred Space 

Mother’s love traverses
Time and place and even
Heaven’s boundary.
Childhood sacred moments flicker,
Silver on memory’s screen:
Singing away tears—
Oh how you loved your teddy bear;
Reading me The Princess Bride to
Chase away weeks of illness;
Pictures from before I remember,
Sleeping in your arms’ protection.

My own grown children still need
Their mom and her
Fierce, ferocious love that
Knows no boundaries,
Will never end.
Sometimes she wishes she
Could turn it off,
But not really, she can’t.
She carried them in a way
No one else ever can.
Not even me, and I
Carried them a lot, these
Monkeys on my back.

This is transcendent, these
Angels rising from the ashes
Of all that is broken and cruel,
Sent to nurture us,
To carry us through life
On their shoulders.
To love us through our unloveliness to
Show the world the gem she sees.

Sunlight filters through a
Break in the curtains,
Carries away the baggage.
I am left to remember,
To cherish
This sacred space,
These mother’s arms,
Where God himself once rested.


David K. Carpenter
May 9, 2021
Happy Mother’s Day to Kristin, one of my favorite moms;
In loving memory of my other two favorite moms:
Nancy Carpenter and Patricia Little

Copyright © 2021 by David K. Carpenter, All Rights Reserved
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Happy Mother’s Day, to all the angels we call Mom.

About Writing & Photography by David K. Carpenter

Photographer of Light and Life, Writer of Life as it finds me
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