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Motherís Face
Lauren McBride


The mother remembers her reflection
as a young woman.
Regrets every wrinkle, every crease, every imperfection
brought on by age and worry.

Her child accepts
every wrinkle, every crease, every imperfection
with love,
learning every laughing line over the years,
memorizing each favorite feature for her mindís eye Ė

now and always†††††††††
mother's face is beautiful.

This poem first appeared in Mom Writer's Literary Magazine (2008) in a slightly different version.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Lauren McBride says faith, nature, science and membership in the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) help to inspire her stories and poems.Her work has been included innumerous speculative, nature and children's publications, includingSongs of Eretz,where she is a frequent contributor. Time permitting, Lauren enjoys swimming, gardening, baking, knitting, reading and writing. Lauren lives in Texas, where she shares a love of laughter and the ocean with her husband and two children.

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"Learning every laughing line" LOVE!
Posted 05/18/2017 01:02 PM
Sweet, lovely poem. Good choice! Janice
Posted 05/09/2017 09:02 AM
Mother's face is beautiful. Those creases and wrinkles are permanent markers of her love for us--the laugh lines, worry lines that penetrate deeply--even the frowns that shaped our growing too. Thanks Lauren.
Posted 05/08/2017 09:06 PM
Yes. The simplicity.
Posted 05/08/2017 09:34 AM
Truly special. Thanks,Lauren.
Posted 05/08/2017 07:50 AM

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