Mother’s Milk


Mother’s Milk

a poem about God the Mother


I miss Her breast today;

her heart, pulsing

against my cheek.


She unlatched me;

gave me to the care

of my brother,

her firstborn Son.


She is weaning me and

I am weeping mother’s milk.



*Author’s note: We are gods-in-embryo, children of the most high, given earth life to become children of Christ and to follow Him home. I am my mother’s child, but I am also a grown woman who has nursed her babies. So, when I weep for Her, it is with the experience of half a lifetime. 

Do you miss her too? Do you celebrate her? In writing or in art? Consider sharing your sorrow and joy about Heavenly Mother via A Mother Here – Art and Poetry Contest. 



Melody earns a living as a registered nurse, grows a respectable garden, and writes when she's not building sheet forts with her grandkids. Her poetry has appeared in on-line journals, Segullah, Irreantum and small press along the Wasatch Front.

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14 Responses

  1. Rachel says:

    I miss Her desperately.

  2. Brooke says:

    Beautiful, Melody. Thank you for sharing.

  3. EdwardJ says:

    Thanks so much for this beautiful poem!

    This reminds me of the medieval mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg and her imagery of the whole world being nourished by the milk from Mary’s breasts (as well as by the water and blood from Christ’s wounds).

  4. EdwardJ says:

    (Also, following)

  5. Caroline says:

    Wonderful, Melody. I’m so glad you’ll be sending this to the Heavenly Mother Art and Poetry contest.

    • Melody says:

      Thanks, Caroline. This poem won’t be entered in the contest, but I wanted to share it and encourage my own and others’ creative process . . . It’s amazing what happens when we open up to the idea of a womanly God. She whispers at unexpected times, in unexpected ways. The simple act of writing about Her brings her closer. It’s magical, really. Everyone should try it.

      • Rachel says:

        I am pretty sure you can send in more than one entry. 🙂

      • Caroline says:

        Yes, that’s right. You can submit 5 things. But whether or not it’s submitted to the contest, I am so grateful that you are writing such beautiful poems that speak so well to some of my deepest sorrows and desires.

  6. Julie says:

    Lovely. You have the gift to say so much in few words.

  7. Suzette says:

    Beautiful. Just Beautiful.

  8. EmilyCC says:

    Thank you, Melody, for the poem and the accompanying picture. Just lovely.

  9. Melody says:

    Thank you for being here, each one. And for taking time to comment.

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