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.