Mother and Child

Mother and Child
Painting by Pablo Picasso

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Single Miss - by Celeste Billhartz

Single Miss

©2003 and ©2010 Celeste Billhartz

Heretofore, primordial gore
Landed on some fertile shore
Snuggled up with full intent
To spawn some eggy firmament

Ever since, the fish and fowl
Cats and bears and hounds that howl
Find themselves enamoured true
A few for life ... affixed like glue.

God designed the human womb
Made it fertile very soon
Filled the twosome with desire
A look, a touch ignites the fire.

Man and woman, humankind
Cupid's arrow in their behind
Both are sodden and serene
Soon a baby's on the scene.

Hounds and whales and bears and sheep
Close to mother babies keep
Nursing 'til they've had their fill
Keeps away the bugs and chill.

Humans, on the other hand,
Insist their Moms have wedding band
Thus, infant born to single Miss
Is quickly sold to those deemed fit.

More valued they, with treasure chest
Than grieving Mom with milky breast ...
That motherhood be so defined
Never entered God's good mind.


  1. This is the one of the most beautiful poems I have read. Can I put this on my blog?

  2. Jeannette, I would have to direct you to Celeste's belongs to her and I have gotten permission for it to be here, but can't give permission for it to be passed around. I think it is beautiful also.

  3. Lori,
    What is Celeste's webpage?

  4. Hi there I am one of many single moms and I find your site very interesting. I hope I have much time each day to drop by and check your site for recent post. By the way thank you for sharing this.

  5. @Jazzie, Thank you and you're welcome. I don't always put new things up, but I do try to. The author of the poem is a friend and I have an enormous amount of respect for her. Her insights into adoption are straightforward and very real.


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