Poem: ‘A Poetic Mother’s Day’

Written by empressjournee

Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez

Another day I live to see, ‘breathe, and exhale!’
I command this of me:
As I lay on my sofa with poetic text
Flowing effortlessly, from love ones,
Acquaintances, wishing all a great Mother’s Day
I thought to myself, I do not feel precious,

As I should be, life energy has depleted me:

Still, I can dream, soon the day will be over,

By the second, minute and hour

And I will be here to myself
Even when I feel life has cheated me:
I have learned there’s so much discipline

And game in order to succeed
On this Mother’s Day 14, 2023, I paused and reflect
The journey, the experiences, at times that puzzled me:
Trying to wake up from the illusion that I did not

Foresee: Trying to shake off the feelings of fatigue
And reminding myself of the song,

“God has surely favored me,”
To love and be loved even if it seems so unreal.

Empress Journee

About the author


I am a graduate of Medgar Evers College, mother of three and grandmother. I love to read great books and listen to podcasts that uplift one's consciousness and share historical view of the different shades of color, the various culture, the way we all are connected, the musical genius throughout the world and the works that are done to help us tap into ourselves and know that we are worthy. I love to write poetry and sing. There was a moment that now phase in another aspiration of my life, I felt singing was a forum--a path I should have to express my thoughts, in time where I was struggling, battling something I did not understand what I was going through and feeling unsupportive. Back then, as I search to find myself, what I would like to do and who was there to support my dreams at a time I thought I was safe and appreciated, however I was awoken to a reality through words said and unsaid that I needed more development, more attention and love coming from the highest of myself. So, writing became my outlet.
To those who have been a great supporter in reading my poetic imagination, let this poetry enlightening you to write and express yourself from a safe place regardless of what is being said that is not productive. I hope there will be a new chapter in my life that will bring success, inspired those who struggle with defeat, exhaustion, fatigue, lack of vision, depression and struggle to give of themselves; to be far better in their thoughts, words and deeds, uplifting one's character.
When I began my poetry, I felt so deeply inspired I would write when I was inspired, bored and when I feel uninspired. I would take long breaks at times and start all over again. I know I am required to do and be my best, this is what I strive to be. I wanted to thank those who stood with me through my journey, motivate me to strive to be the very best, took the time to read my poetry, especially my loved ones. Thank you for being on the journey with me. May we find rest (If we can), peace (If we can) and blessings, reign in all of us--as we soar, as we reach a place of true jubilee.

Empress Journee