PEARL by Ann

Pearl (2)

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THE ULTIMATE INTELLIGENCE IS AMUSED

The Ultimate Intelligence is amused
by the words we use:
Yahweh
Allah
God.

But that’s okay.
The Ultimate Intelligence is a good listener
and is fluent in all languages,
is happy to wear many hats
and has a lot of costumes in Its enormous closet.

There are some words, however,
that even Ultimate can’t quite understand:
Transubstantiation
Predestination
Jihad.

WHEN I WAS A MOM

When I was a mom
I looked at my mom
and sorted all her ways,
copying only the ones I liked.
It’s okay if my daughters do the same.

When I was a mom,
I looked like a mom,
chasing a toddler, a baby on my hip,
and the days were long.
Then came the years of driving
five school kids to four different schools,
and those years were short.

When I was a mom
I wondered why my mom
still worried about me. I was grown.
She should have been enjoying her time alone.

Well, I failed to make these children problem-free
so I will worry, too, though proud to see
them handling their problems
with such grace and strength.

Mom was right.
You never stop being a mom.