It’s sunrise, the day’s duties beckon as she drags her
worn out body out of the warmth of her old duvet to
the blistering cold of hardship with yesterday’s worries
replaying in her mind like flashbacks.
Her hair is a tangled mess, her eyes are red from lack
of sleep and smudged with poorly done mascara.
She drudges to the bathroom to primp herself for the
wicked sun’s disdain.
Working her fingers to the bone with pain etched on
her face as she digs through the remnants of last night’s
dinner mess and embraces responsibilities for the day
as a Mother: Nurturing, Supporting, Feeding, washing
and taking care of her children.
As a Father: Protecting, providing, teaching and paying
Living frugally, surviving amidst challenges while walking
through financial tightropes with worry wrinkling her brow.
Debt stricken and forced to lean on the mean just to pay
a few bills.
She juggles career and motherhood, strolling through a
perceptive world with the single mom stigma plastered
on her face.
Wearing the labels and titles given by society who are
quick to mock and judge her.
Shunned by potential male suitors who consider her a
burden because of her overflowing responsibilities.
A topic of gossip among women of farce who call her a
bad seed for raising children without a father.
A mother constantly routing for survival with an
unfaltering faith, determined to succeed.
The warm caress of “la soiree” summons the night
reminding her of her insecurities and loneliness.
Walking through the doorstep of cracked windows in her
dusty worn out shoes… tired and hungry.
Welcomed by kisses and hugs from her happy children
who see her as a hero- erasing the lines of stress and
worry from her face.
A reminder of the beauty and gift of motherhood, love
and resilience she possesses as struggling single mother.
A hustler to her children’s needs, a nurturer, a teacher,
and a protector.
Much more than a woman, the super mom not described
in magazines and forgotten on Mother’s day.
Much more than societal labeling and stereotypes.
A Queen raising future Kings and Queens.
A solider to the end.
Single Mothers, here’s a woman who understands your struggles
and appreciates you.
Keep your heads up.