This Powerful Tribute to Meghan Markle’s Mother took me by Surprise.


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I’m no Royals super fan, but I did watch the wedding on Saturday. And this post-wedding Instagram tribute to Meghan Markle’s mama floored me.

It was fun, and entertaining and escapist—but kinda beautiful too.

The celebrity spotting, the outfits, the choir, that speech…oh my goodness, that speech made me want to go to church and start singing Hallelujah myself—and that’s saying something.

But whenever the camera zoomed in on her I couldn’t take my eyes off Doria Ragland, a social worker, yoga instructor, and Meghan Markle’s mama.

And I wasn’t quite sure why until I read this poem of tribute to her on Instagram today. In the midst of all the post wedding posts, this one took me by surprise, and hit me right in the gut with its raw truth and heart.

It gives perfect voice to the quiet gravity, poise, and power which I think I got a glimpse of through the screen in the midst of all that ceremony and celebration.

And it moved me.

It’s written by Chicago-based poet, Leslé Honoré, who has kindly given us permission to share her words here:

For the Dorias of the world 
Who will sit alone 
At graduations and weddings 
At baseball games and school plays 
At proms and award ceremonies 
Who will carry the load 
Of everything 
Wiping tears 
And celebrating
School projects 
And first heartbreaks 
Who stay up all night 
Helping write papers and college apps 
The mothers who silently 
Create a universe for their children 
Launching pads to toss them in to the 
Solar system 
With hands wide open to grab 
All the stars their hearts desire 
The Dorias who always leave space 
For a father’s redemption 
Knowing it may never come 
Because they have spent a life time 
Patching their children back together 
Picking up the crushed spirits 
Rebuilding them with love 
This is for the Dorias
Who will watch as their legacies 
Take steps towards their own journeys 
Armed with love 
Armed with hope 
Armed with strength 
That the years of struggle 
Forged onto their souls
And for the children 
Who have watched their mothers 
Make a life out of thin air
A dollar out of 15 cents 
Who have seen ceilings shattered 
Barriers leapt over 
And are covered in black girl magic 
They know that there is 
no limit
To their dreams 
To success 
that hard work can’t achieve 
No trial that last forever 
They have learned to
Weather the storms 
Know for certain that the sun will come 
Warm their faces 
And illuminate their paths 
The way their mothers have 
From their first breath 
For the Dorias
In that last car ride 
Driving to your children’s 
Next adventure 
For the Dorias
Free spirited 
And strong 
Who know they are never alone
Who know there is a 
Matriarchal militia marching 
With them 
I raise my glass to all of us 



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Author: Khara-Jade Warren
Poem & Image: Leslé Honoré



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Khara-Jade Warren

Khara-Jade Warren is a mom, writer, editor, and yoga teacher who believes in a straight-talking, no bull approach on the mat, on the page, and in life. She was born and raised in South Africa and, after spending most of her adult life in London and Oxford, she has just made the great trek home with her family. She now lives, outnumbered by too many boys, in a house full of equal parts love and chaos, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. You can connect with her on Facebook or Instagram.

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Kim Fowler Jun 2, 2018 11:58pm

Beautiful. Amazing. To ALL single mothers regardless of race.

Praneet Mazzia May 26, 2018 12:38am

Beautiful poem. Her smile and prove and fillful in that moment. not worse to born in this lifetime. :-)

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Ismene Tsaconakos May 25, 2018 5:49pm

What a beautiful poem! It literally made me cry. thanks for sharing

Alicia Cronkite May 25, 2018 4:35pm

Khara-Jade Warren May 23, 2018 9:09am

Carolyn Graham Absolutely. 🙏

Jeanine Galvan May 23, 2018 5:28am

It all boils down to simplicity...the basics, please and thank you, appreciation and gratitude, turning 15 cents into a dollar. Yes WE the women of the world have created miracles from very little, my bi-polar mother did too. LOVE will find a way and that is what the preacher said over and over again...All you need is "LOVE" to share with others. :) peace

Himani Pande May 23, 2018 4:19am

This was so beautifully put. Having known these struggles in my life as a divorced mom, I can say the article explodes a dam full of emotions in you. There's a definitive burst of courage. Loved the line on matriarchal militia marching with them. Great work done on the part of the author to put before us, once again, the beauty of these honest sentiments. A woman has the power to launch her child into stratosphere.

Kirsten Eckert-Smith May 22, 2018 11:56pm

Absolutely love this.

Carolyn Graham May 22, 2018 5:50pm

The line "and are covered in black girl magic" is suggestive of this, and I immediately thought this too, as my own journey has been similar as have millions of other single, go-it-alone mothers around the world. But I take your point, it's probably not meant to be only about black women, although that line does imprint this possibility in one's mind. No problem though, it's a stunning poem and reached deeply into the recesses of my heart and soul. And I love Doria Ragland. She is such a majestic woman, and it's easy to see where (in part) Meghan gets her own personal brand of Grace, beauty and charm.

Khara-Jade Warren May 22, 2018 5:46pm

Agree, and I don't know but I think probably the statistics would tell us that the scales weighs heavily in their favour in this instance, sadly.

Nikki Weigel May 22, 2018 4:17pm

Oh my heart. That was beautiful. ALL the feels. Thank you. So much.

Lisa Wilson Adair May 22, 2018 12:44pm

Beautiful, but it’s not just black women who have this journey, it’s women of ALL color too.

Naidre Miller May 22, 2018 3:32am