My Daughters and Sons

I’ve had many..many.. Daughters and Sons

I packed their lunches with their favorite foods, a blessed fruit, and a note “No Matter What, You are Great! You will do your best because you are the best!, I love You, signed Mommy and (smiley face)

I zipped their coats and helped them with their backpacks..Tied the laces of their shoes so they wouldn’t trip. I pinched their cheeks and hugged them tight.

I’ve had many..many.. Daughters and Sons

I watched them from the living room window as they crossed the street…”Look both ways!” I called out.. “Okay,.. Now go.”

I sent them on their way to school, and waited impatiently for their arrival home

I’ve had many..many.. Daughters and Sons

Son’s as Mighty as the Midnight’s Moon. Daughters as bright as a Summer’s Sun.

…I cooked and cleaned for..I begged and borrowed for…I rallied and prayed for..

…I helped with math problems, and made grammar corrections, I sat with fat cheeks in school auditoriums and was the first to stand for ovation, yelling the loudest praise..”Yes!!! You go boy!”

I’ve had many..many.. Daughters and Sons

Daughters and Sons that share the same twinkle that highlights my pupil.

Daughters that followed my lead, and Sons that marched in my shadow.

Daughters and Sons, that have made my eye’s dark and sunken from tears and worry… that have lined my forehead and arched my brow from anger and frustration..that have puffed my cheeks and creased my mouth from smiles and laughter.

I’ve had many..many.. Daughters and Sons

…that I sent away…never to return… That I packed away..never to be unpacked.  That are here, no longer.

Daughters and Sons..that are now gone… only to stand before me as Women and Men.


(It takes a village to raise a child..We are all Parents with many..many..children)

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Mantra Lotus (28 Posts)

"I Float".. I Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee..ain't nobody got nothin' on me." I Float with iridescent blue wings.. high on top of purple dust..low to the oceans floor. I spin and whirl, wallow and sink. I am who I am, only because it's who I've been blessed to be. All-knowing and nothing. I knew you long before YOU knew you. Plugging USB cords to the universal cipher, I stay lit. I do what I do, simply because I DO IT. I love, hurt, bleed, laugh, cry, dance. F up, F down, (sideways and on my knees). I pray for forgiveness, and sleep on books of ancestral secrets. I love life because "it's" mine. I want bliss, happiness, joy, and "The love of my life", but I face reality that I may have to settle for the fattest, funkiest, avocado, soy burger and wheat-grass juice. "I Float"..Not fast. Not slow. Just enough for (YOU) to stay with...(ME). Mantra (Writer, Poet and Artist from The Greater St. Louis Area)


  1. Well done, I had to think that one through and then the light dawned

    • Mantra Lotus (Author)

      Thanks Dan. This was a piece I wrote to recite for High School Graduating students that I recently recited. It’s important that WE all understand the impact that an Adult can have on a child. The Biggest lesson I received was when I had my first child..and I was blessed to have a traditional African Naming Ceremony for her. During the ceremony Elders gave words of wisdom. I was unmarried, single, and not to keen on being a “Single Parent” and I expressed that quiet openly. One particular Elder told me that “My child was not solely mine, she came through me but she did not belong to me. She belonged to the Universe and therefore was the responsibility of everyone who came in contact with her.” She explained that my child would have teachers, guiders, even the neighbors who watched her cross the street..were all acting Parents.

      I soon realized that the lesson was two-fold.. I have many..many children and I take my role very seriously. :)

      Thanks again, Dean

  2. Mantra, this is so heartfelt and tinged with as much pride as sorrow. You are a love warrior and those whose lives you touch are better for having you.

    • Mantra Lotus (Author)

      Thank you Sis! But, I believe it was Pee-Wee Herman who said..”It takes one, to know one..”. So..right back at ya :)

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