About Being

It’s not just about being a mother,
not just about wiping runny noses and making peanut butter sandwiches,
or longing for a play date that doesn't include sippy cups or diapers,

not just the muted perspective of motherhood that’s warm and fuzzy.

It doesn't happen overnight or by accident.
It's a long, and sometimes painful, journey
as a contemporary homesteader,
wrestling with sexism and naiveté,

while carefully observing the rhythms.

It's the need to be able to step back,
take the long view, go deep--
put it into a larger, more meaningful perspective,
be fearless in confronting the powerful, and
give voice to those who have none.

 

–Originally printed in “Provo writer waxes poetic with words from Salt Lake Tribune stories.”  The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 April, 2014. Print and online.

Found Poem Sources

Weist, Ellen Fagg. "From here to maternity." The Salt Lake Tribune 27 April 2014: e-edition.

Daniel, Douglass K. "New John Wayne biography hits target dead center." The Salt Lake Tribune 27 April 2014: e-edition.

"Utah Lit selection for May: ‘Seven Summers’ by Julia Corbett." The Salt Lake Tribune 27 April 2014: e-edition.

 

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