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Anne Creighton Blodgett: I carry your heart

Mother’s Day this year brings about new thoughts and emotions for me because I now have a little one of my own (who will someday very soon actually be saying “Mama”). It’s definitely a beautiful feeling to know that I am his and vice versa.

And when I sit down and really think about what that means, I get a little teary-eyed.

The funny thing about becoming a mother is that it makes you realize your own mortality. The carefree days of your youth are suddenly burdened with the realization that death does actually exist, and you will one day not be there for your child, at least in physical form.

A reassuring thought for me, though, is that the bond between a mother and her child is eternal and will stay with Liam long after I am gone, just as my bond will remain with my own mother.

And whenever I think about this type of deep, eternal love, I think of e.e. cummings' poem, "i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)." He explains it far more elegantly than I ever could. It's the perfect poem for Mother's Day, I think.

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in

my heart) i am never without it (anywhere

i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear

no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want

no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Anne Creighton Blodgett is married with a son and a stepson. Read her Thursdays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal blog here.

The funny thing about becoming a mother is that it makes you realize your own mortality.


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