I am a Single Mother

The instructions said to write about a journey. “You could channel your excitement about a trip you’re about to embark on (or just returned from), comment on the mental progress you witnessed someone make, or focus on the struggles, pleasures, and extreme emotions that travel can bring about.

Single motherhood IS A JOURNEY.

I am a single mother

it’s a path I did not choose

in the beginning

there were so many days I cried the blues

How did this happen to me?

I would cry and lament

The divorce proceeded quickly

without my consent

You promised God to

love us unconditionally

How could you leave your family?

Im left here all alone

with two mouths to now feed

How on earth will I find the strength

to be all they will need?

My dreams involved my sons

having a mother and a father

Dreams are obsolete now

Why even bother?




Two labels I did not choose to wear

It’s the love for my two sons

that keep me hanging in there

Some days I feel so


Where is help when I need it?

There are days I don’t want to

get out of bed

But there’s this

still, small voice in my head


“Tough times don’t last long;

and this too shall pass.”

I laugh and think

Where did I go wrong?

Many, many days

I weep and want to quit

Yet, something keeps me going

I hasten to admit

I love my children

don’t get me wrong

I am also worn the hell out

from having to everyday be strong

I am a single mother

I did not choose this path

Making this journey with my children alone

takes every ounce of strength I have

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