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Jayne Jaudon Ferrer


Sit down,
I have bad news.
I am not always right.
I do not always have the answers,
I can not always fix things.
I may not always know what to do.
But here is the good news:
I will always try.
I will try because I want your way
to be simple.
I want your world to be safe.
I want your life to be filled with
goodness and grace.
All mothers want these things for their sons,
but mothers are not in charge.
So we fight however we can:
with our voices,
our votes,
our valor.
Our ammunition
is love;
our inspiration
is you.

From A Mother of Sons: Poems of Wisdom, Love, and Dreams (Loyola Press, 2004).
Used here with the author's permission.


Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is the author of five books of poetry, a nonfiction book about games, and a novel, Hayley and the Hot Flashes. Jayne created in 2009 to share the pleasure and diversity of poetry. A former copywriter, magazine editor, newspaper columnist, and freelance journalist, her work has appeared in hundreds of publications. When not writing or reading, Jayne enjoys music, old movies, gardening, hiking, and good conversation. A native Floridian, she has lived in Greenville, South Carolina, for almost 30 years. Learn more about her at




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Wilda Morris:
Yes. As Mothers we have to fight for what is best for our children (and all children). Thank you!
Posted 09/13/2019 02:41 PM
So moving and sincere! Yes, we have limited power, but we must do what we can.
Posted 09/12/2019 02:16 PM
Thank you for all your kind words. Would that we mothers (and fathers) will never have to explain another senseless tragedy to our children. Posted 09/12/2019 01:55 PM
Posted 09/12/2019 01:56 PM
One of my favorite poems, Jayne. Thank you for posting it today.
Posted 09/11/2019 07:37 PM
Thank you, Jayne, for sharing this fine poem with us.
Posted 09/11/2019 04:58 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
The last four lines say it all. Potent and poignant poem.
Posted 09/11/2019 02:03 PM
Wonderful poem for sons or daughters.
Posted 09/11/2019 01:12 PM
Wonderful poem. Now, just sayin' -- Fathers, too. As a pacifist (sometimes lapsed) I say the same.
Posted 09/11/2019 10:12 AM
Wonderful. Powerful and tender at the same time!
Posted 09/11/2019 10:11 AM
Glen Sorestad:
A very fine inspirational beginning for my day. Thanks, Jayne.
Posted 09/11/2019 10:10 AM
Beautiful, Jayne! So we fight however we can: with our voices, our votes, our valor. Our ammunition is love;
Posted 09/11/2019 09:33 AM
Thank you. Hope is powerful.
Posted 09/11/2019 09:18 AM
becky evans:
Beautifully said! An eternal message from a mother and a citizen whose ammunition is love, a voice, a vote and valor. That really speaks to me! Thanks!
Posted 09/11/2019 08:48 AM
Humanity needs more messages like yours. Thanks.
Posted 09/11/2019 08:13 AM
Beautiful Jayne. I am still crying. As a mother of four, one of whom died of cancer, I am deeply touched by your struggle, our struggle. Thank you for this moment of reflection.
Posted 09/11/2019 08:04 AM
So beautiful. When I stop crying I'll go back to work...
Posted 09/11/2019 07:44 AM
It is a prayer, really, from parent to child. Powerful!
Posted 09/11/2019 07:40 AM
Nabby Dog:
This beautiful poem is so powerful with its use of direct address from mother to son. I find the words overpowering on a day when we remember so much that is painful and realize our world still needs much more of the "ammunition" that is love.
Posted 09/11/2019 07:13 AM
Posted 09/11/2019 06:54 AM
Wonderful. Perfect for today.
Posted 09/11/2019 06:43 AM
Randy Cadenhead:
Beautiful. I needed that.
Posted 09/11/2019 06:16 AM
I love this.
Posted 09/11/2019 05:12 AM

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