Empty Arms

a poem for childless mothers

ADEOLA SHEEHY-ADEKALE
Know Thyself, Heal Thyself
2 min readFeb 22, 2023

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Image by Victoria Volkova on Unsplash

There’s a gaping wound inside of me
A hole in which you were supposed to lay
Like a black hole it swallows the light around me
I don’t know how to make it go away

The innocent joy of my children
Seems muted now and distant
Even as their fingers tangle in my hair
As they hold me close and whisper…

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ADEOLA SHEEHY-ADEKALE
Know Thyself, Heal Thyself

Writing on female experience, race, motherhood & self-development. Columnist at Green Parent magazine & Parenting Top Writer. Follow me on IG @adeola_moonsong.