Meditation on Spilled Milk.

Via on Jan 22, 2012

Weary children sleep late
school awaits
predictable moments
no longer apply.
Mom the director
scans clipboard events.
Force past schedule or
practice presence?

act falls behind.
Mom pushes, prods
frantically waves.
Sensitive kids
dart, leap
Mom schedule-bit

Elbows and knees
belly-up to the counter.
Glazed eyes track Mom
only two laps behind.
Lunches drop in
nylon turtle shells
huff  puff
round the corner
one lap to finish line.

Child raises a cup
hurry quakes her arm.
Milk swishes the sides
cup tips

Mom gasps
shock inhaled
anger escapes
too quick
plants on face
contorted and sick.

Soaked witness cowers
saltwater tumbles.
Mom swiftly repairs
clears the docket
expression yanked off
stuffed in back pocket.

Child storms the stairs
other child watches.
Mom bends to knee
a deep
cloth presses to floor
floods the room.
Mom anchors
in stillness pose
presence in full bloom.

wipe hurry up.
Awareness blossoms
in soundless moment.
Meditation on spilled milk
absorbs illusionary torment.

Changed child arrives
conscious magic
made milk vanish.
Mom draws in
little innocence.
Wrapped in warm snuggle
love spills

Breaks squeal
Little socks
still kiss the floor.
Mom dressed in smile
fills three cups
huddles crew in
bus not a scheduled event
in this beautiful trance.

Scales finally tipped
routine didn’t fit.
Next time
instead of speed up
Mom can
moment by moment
rewrite the script.

By Alexandra Folz

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About Alexandra Folz

Alexandra Folz has a Master’s in Nursing and is the author of The Heirloom Trilogy~Indigo’s Bracelet, Indigo's Crystals and Indigo's Wings. These children’s chapter books share a mystical secret with kids and parents about self-awareness and its ability to reveal one’s inner wisdom, build self-esteem, and encourage spiritual enlightenment. Alexandra dedicates her moments to motherhood, spiritual exploration, writing, holistic healing, intuitive readings and Hospice. / / Twitter


12 Responses to “Meditation on Spilled Milk.”

  1. Starre Vartan says:

    I have so much admiration to people like you – I could never add to my stressful life by having kids! As I said to my friend the other day, it's a great world wherein those who have the talent, ability and patience to have kids, do. And that the rest of us, thanks to birth control, can just wonder at how you do it without losing your mind (instead of how it was in the past, where everyone had kids whether they were suited to it or not). So impressive to not only do what you do, but then be able to write poetry about it too! AMAZING.

  2. Thank you, Starre! The worlds needs us ALL to authentically show up…with or without kids. :)

  3. toothfairymum says:

    Fantastic poem! I have school start tomorrow and this poem is perfect, thank you x

  4. meginp says:

    I wrote about this same thing in the "When Trouble Arises" section of Heart of a Toddler: The Zen in Them, 51 Lessons Learned from a One-Year-Old on Enjoying Life. My conclusion? When something spills, appreciate the glug.

  5. I hear you, Meginp. Appreciate the glug…the fun and the not so fun…:) Thanks for the comment and for taking the time to read the poem.

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    Posted to Elephant Family on Facebook and Twitter.

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  8. Jill Barth Jill says:

    Good morning, and thanks for this.

  9. Carol says:

    Love it, you should know the ins and outs of being a mom. YOU are a great one Alexandra.

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