Learning to Walk

We learnt to walk together,

my mother and I.

She watched my falters with those

oceanic eyes,

so blue and deep and troubled.

Our smiles met and kissed

but we each had our worries:

mine- would I fall? would she catch me?

would it hurt? when can I eat?

hers- where is he? is he safe?

is there a woman? do I know her?

am I ugly? am I fat?

is this boy at my breast

the deathmound of my marriage?

will I fall? will he catch me?


Uncertain, trembling,

I thought I couldn’t do it

but I did and laughed

at the improbability.

She kept her nerve and let me totter,

let me stand as she did,

tall and blonde and proud in her


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  • jacqueline dick  On May 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    What a lovely, poignant trubute to your mom and to motherhood in general. I tottered with u, and I was mom, letting u totter. I’m blurring up a little as I write this. Beautiful, Steve!

  • bulltlr1  On September 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    This is beautiful..

  • Pleasant Street  On October 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm


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