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Elizabeth Romero: The Sisters Who Raised Me

Lest I think it was all bad.

I remember it in pieces, patchwork,

Which ignores the print, the weave.

Though I miss my poor mother

Who could not love me because she was not loved.

Now I thank the black butterflies, the Sisters who raised me.

Sister Jane, who taught me how to garden and identify weeds.

Sister Marie Therese, kind and soft. Sister May Bride

Who defied authority to comfort me when I was disgraced.

All of them: Sister Germaine, Sister Christopher, Sister Mary Jean,

Sister Camilla, Sister Marcia. I see them now

Gliding along the path toward chapel.

I hear them singing Vespers.

Sister Mary Kay, Sister Mary Joseph.

Work is love made visible.

Age Quod Agis.

Do what you do.

I would be giver and forget the gift.

I thank them. In later years without money or a home

I had to reach down to find the strength, the gift

They gave me.

Copyright 2022 Elizabeth Romero

Source: Wikipedia

8 comments on “Elizabeth Romero: The Sisters Who Raised Me

  1. Lisa Zimmerman
    April 17, 2022

    Beautiful poem of difficult gratitude. “Work is love made visible”–❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    April 16, 2022

    I think of mom, often living in convents while her widowed mother taught on reservations. I know she endured pain. She rarely mentioned her childhood.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. loranneke
    April 16, 2022

    “Though I miss my poor mother

    Who could not love me because she was not loved.” (Oh how I know that feeling!)

    Liked by 3 people

  4. vengodalmare
    April 16, 2022

    “Work is love made visible”; if many people understood it, the world would work better, with much more serenity.

    Liked by 1 person

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