There is no safer place than in your mother’s arms.
Think back to the happiest times of your childhood, those moments where you were perfectly content, and many of those would be when your mom was holding you close.
As we get older, although we may not be cradled as often, there’s still a great place of peace, comfort and safety to be found in that loving embrace. The idea of the cradle is a powerful metaphor — A space where we can be vulnerable, let our guard down, and lower the defenses that we so often hold in life.
Finding that serenity is incredibly important when there are so many demands made of us, and the remembrance of our mother’s gentle touch can bring us to rest.
Cradled — A Poem
My eiderdowned comfort
Rests mostly now
In the memories of my mother’s gentle touch.
Cradled, womb-like, warm,
In this feather filled reality.
And at night, it urges most,
To cast my mind away,
Enwrapped in another’s, a mother’s arms,
Caught faintly those childhood times.
And bittersweet or haunting life
Is swept away
In gently voiced
And a kiss
Upon my cheek.
Themes, ideas and background for this poem
This poem is about finding safe spaces and safe places, in our memories and in the embrace of another. It explores the calm and gentleness of the mother-child relationship, the nostalgia that it can bring and the joy and peace that come from certainty and respite. It also highlights the importance of memory and ritual, the idea that we find comfort in the familiar. It’s often the memories from our childhood that can bring us peace, a remembrance of simpler times when we had far fewer responsibilities.
These fond memories are also something that we can pass on to our own children to help them feel nurtured, loved and protected.
Themes explored in the poem include:
- The gentle reassurance of being safe, snuggled up under a comforter
- The peace of a nightly ritual that calls us to sleep
- The protection of memory and nostalgia
- The loving touch of a parent
As you read this poem, here are some ideas for further contemplation and exploration:
- Think back to the memories you have of nightly rituals when you were put to bed
- What is the ‘happy place’ that you go to when you are finding life challenging and difficult?
- If you have children of your own, what is your nightly ritual with them?