Motherhood is a generic term,
One that is applied to more than mothers.
The honorific's something one can earn,
Having loved in ways that nurture others.
Enduring love for children is a song
Requiring only will for one to sing,
Having well-versed voices sing along
Over time, till one's bright brood takes wing.
Oh, yes, one can also mother birds,
Dogs, cats, horses, love that needs no words.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon. Free for personal or non-commercial use.