I found this photo in a pile of photographs I'd packed.
Every Mother trades something for her children.
She makes a bargain with the universe.
She walks through fire and pain to hold a life in her arms.
She breaks her heart and steels herself to walk the hard road.
She is transformed from a kitten to a lioness.
Her senses are forever heightened.
Her gain is that broken heart.
In breaking her heart expands to hold love larger than she was.
She shines forevermore.