Thank you: A Pumping Working Mother's Poem


Thank You

Thank you for the closet of a room

where I enter two, sometimes three times a day,

like a monk observing the daily office,

praying with milk pouring from my body,

feeding my baby.

Thank you for the breast pump, its motor

humming like a choir on Sunday morning,

joining its chorus as I hum a lullaby to its rhythm,

singing the milk out of me.

Thank you for the bottles and the cones,

the plastic tubes and the paper thin membranes

that some engineer somewhere created so I could

know what it is to miss my child terribly and

be at peace with that.

Thank you for the moment just before I see him

at the end of each day. The steps, intentional on the ground,

moving forward, praying with each heel toe, heel toe,

anticipating the catch in my throat, the sparkle in his eye,

the exclamation from my lips.

Hi my sweet boy! How was your day?

Thank you for the conversation we have without

any words at all.

Someone congratulated me today on pumping.

It’s a huge commitment. Good for you.

Thank you for the encouragement. But we all

know there must be space created and sustained,

heard and understood in order for commitment

to be made in the first place.

So, thank you for my husband who ensures I have

good food to eat, setting the communion table

each night so the milk and the energy it takes for

me to produce it continue.

And thank you to myself (a helpful

reminder from my husband) for the

breathing, singing, praying, listening,

discovering, waiting, holding that it

takes to love and love well.

Thank you for the closet of a room.

Daily prayer.

Thank you for the breast pump.

Daily song.

Thank you for the bottles and cones.

Daily creation.

Thank you for the moment just before I see him.

Daily movement.

Thank you for the conversation we have without any words at all.

Daily listening.

Thank you for the encouragement.

Daily accepting.

Thank you for my husband.

Daily bread.

Thank you for myself.

Daily.

©Claire K. McKeever-Burgett

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