By Heart: ‘Mother to Son’
Right before Easter I walked into Bath & Body Works to see if they had any candles on sale, and they did not—everything was full price, in preparation for Mother’s Day. I didn’t want a faux-mother blend of flower-scented cocktails. I wanted something stronger, a candle for a mother who falls and does not give up. Because I have found motherhood to be complicated, I like complicated poems about it. I walked out of the store without buying anything, with the words of Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son” ringing in my mind.
Langston Hughes is one of our Take Your Poet to Work Day faves.
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