A tender brush of fingers across a cheek
to wipe away the tears.
Hands moving in small, soothing circles
across the shoulders and back.
A high-five as a symbol
of pride and celebration.
Allowing knees to lock around the waist
and hands to clasp at the neck
as the back provides a reprieve and a chance
to see the world.
A shoulder becomes a cradle for a sleeping head
as peaceful stillness permeates both bodies.
Reaching out to grab a hand,
interlacing fingers with gentle firmness
to ensure safety.
A kiss to make it all better.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there as well as anyone else who finds themselves in that nurturing role.