By the Sweat of Her Brow



By the sweat of her brow,

she has raised them –

three strapping sons

to block out their 

father’s deadbeat shadow.

And the tender concern

with which they plant 

kisses on hope-spattered

cheeks paints each

drop of perspiration 

a work of art.



16 comments on “By the Sweat of Her Brow

  1. Orchid says:

    Moving and beautifully described!

  2. Gallivanta says:

    Beautiful. How lovely to think that each drop of perspiration can become a work of art.

  3. Wow, what a testament to a mothers love!

  4. bennetta faire says:

    Wow, this goes straight to the heart’s marrow.

    • melodylowes says:

      I have a lot of respect for these single mamas!

      • bennetta faire says:

        Some are truly amazing–too bad we usually hear the ugly stories. Why does bad news “sell”??

      • melodylowes says:

        Isn’t that rotten? I’d tune in to the news more if it were balanced with some of the truly remarkable humans out there…

      • bennetta faire says:

        I rarely watch the news, it makes me too crazy (ier). Guess that’s why I like Readers Digest mag, and blogging (most days). We get to interact with truly remarkable folks daily here (I’m including you and moi)–which makes me want to get in the kitchen and start cooking/baking for another Caddo Buffet. What are you hungry for, cher?

      • melodylowes says:

        Louisiana frog legs? I’ve never had ’em – and would love to try! 😉

  5. I could picture the tender moment as I read your words…beautiful.

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