Sailing the Solo Mothership

A poem inspired by summer holiday struggles.

Lily Ayre
Lily Ayre
Feb 21, 2017 · 1 min read
Solfach by Chris Neale

How can I
Be the source
Of all you need,
Little one,
And still be
The source
Of all I need?

How can I
Provide the
Safety,
Security,
Stability,
Society Says
You need;

And

How do I fulfil
And meet
Those needs;

And

How do we
Make fun,
Be present,
Enjoy this relationship,
Mother-daughter,
Creating,
Laughing;

And

How do I cultivate
And nurture
Patience,
Tolerance,
Compassion,
Understanding

When

Resources
And support
And time
And money
And full bellies
And friends
And sleep

Are sparse,
Thin,
Elusive,
Exhausted;

And

How am I
Supposed to
“Earn a living”
(Like life is to be earned);

And

Parent,
Alone,
Simultaneously;

And

How do I
Discover
Who I am
Becoming;

And

How do we
Fit ourselves
Into a box
I never belonged in?

Self Care is
Critical
.

But
How do I
Give
To Myself
Without
Losing the time
We collectively need
To do this thing called
Life?

Lily Ayre, 7th August 2016, updated 2nd September 2016.
Originally published 31st August
here.

I recommend Kelly Diels and Brigid Schulte’s writings on why time is a feminist issue. Because it fucking is.

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Lily Ayre

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