other mothers

Other mothers might not
drive their sons to school
in striped sleep pants–
patterned neon tiger legs
far from camouflage
unfit for stalking; smoking,

snarling and showing teeth to the radio,
muttering poetry while those other mothers
speak tongues in church,
but whose worship is authentic?

I am the mother
who eats homework
and lets him have
cold pizza for breakfast,
more nourishing
than colored sugar loops

for energy he needs
to live defiantly
outside the box,
stomping it flat.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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52 Responses to other mothers

  1. Ha! Yes! Get stomping 🙂

  2. annotating60 says:

    Really good Susan, right on the mark.>KB

  3. yeoldefoole says:


  4. I love this. You don’t have to be a mum to feel this one.

  5. Your children get pizza for breakfast? Hot damn! I’d eat it before they got anywhere near it!

  6. Love this – I’m pretty sure if I was a mother this is the sort I’d be too!

  7. Cute! Yes, teach him all the un-boxed things.

  8. forget the box all together!!

  9. oneofaclass says:

    stomp the boxes flat
    or with a box of crayons
    create a spaceship

  10. Alice Keys says:

    Susan. School is a box. And the car is a box on wheels. Pizza for breakfast is good. From a box or an oven shaped like a box.?Sorry. Overwhelmed by my own box training this morning. Recovering from too many years at job-in-a-box. It’s vivid in my awareness. Poetry softens box walls. Alice

  11. janehewey says:

    strong mama words. love it!

  12. Best final stanza I’ve seen.

  13. agatharaisinslover says:

    Reblogged this on Journey in my boat.

  14. pearlz says:

    A very striking opening, loved it.

  15. unfetteredbs says:

    love this Susan. Rock on Mama! Let their spirits rage right?

  16. jmgoyder says:

    Me too – bravo!

  17. March to the beat of your own drum I say 🙂

  18. She sounds like a cool mom. Love it.

  19. Mine would kill for a pizza every day. 🙂

  20. nelle says:

    I used to eat chocolate cake for breakfast. Yummy. 😉

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