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They Love Their Babies


They love their babies

Never picturing lives intertwined

Wrapped up with incessant crying

Snotty noses

Waiting in the blistering cold

Or frigid pounding rain

Covering their babies with blankets

Pressed to their hearts

For a place on graffiti-laden seats

Smashed like sardines but nonetheless relieved to be warm

Singing to their babies


They love their babies

Though hearts dropped to stomachs and stomachs ached for days

Disappointment and hurt contorting faces

Mothers growing old in an instant

Grand now

Never wanting to see their daughters struggle

Hoping they'd enjoy an easier life

They love their babies

Though stretchmarks crisscross breasts

Circle stomachs

And lace buttocks and hips

Bones widening to make way for something they never wanted

Living hand to mouth

Dizzy from hunger but they feed and clothe their babies first


Though it hurts sometimes

More and more each day

They love their babies



Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on May 30, 2018:

A mother's love proclaimed as nothing but a loving mother cave could. Thank you, Camille, for expressing the kind of love I have for the 10% who are chosen to survive civilization's termination. May you continue to find the strength to be a loving mother.


Erica Ligocki from Colorado on May 29, 2018:

Camille, this piece of your's is beautiful! And I love the pictures that you used. :)

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on May 02, 2018:

What a heart wrenching yet beautiful tribute to single mothers everywhere. Thank you for this.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on April 30, 2018:

Yes, Camille, and it is a shame that although there is enough food to go around for all earthen life some man will cause such on so many mothers that they must sometimes go without just to provide for their babies. It hurts one's heart to see it and not be ablate do anything about those greedy _______ who are causing it.

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