. A Mother’s Worth A mother’s worth, it glows and gleams in eyes. It beams in grins and giggles sent her way. It echoes at the core of coos and cries. It greets a burst of cheers and fears each day. __It battles through the bawl of sleepless zones __Worn weary to the marrow of the bones. A mother’s worth is warmth in hands that hold The hurts and hopes of hearts within her care. It steers and smooths and spurs as years unfold. It soothes the stinging edges of despair. __Its kiss will quell a tear and salve a sore. __Its roar will drive the devil from the door. A mother’s worth lives on and blooms anew. It blossoms in the bleakness of the night. It flowers like the sun and pushes through The spheres of time to shine its boundless light. __The gift of selfless love that graces earth __Is born from every wondrous mother’s worth. . . Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.