A Tale of Two Mothers

Remembering Diana and Teresa twenty-five years after their deaths

The mother of William and Harry
and the mother of Calcutta’s poor
were taken too early with much left to do
in a world stained by bloodshed and war.

Both these mothers gave birth to a vision
that remains unfulfilled to this day.
It’s a vision of kindness and mercy
where peace and contentment can play.

It’s a vision that invites us to focus
on what is (as yet) still unseen.
And so every morning, let’s look high and low
to find ways to fulfill what they dreamed.

Editor’s note: Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car crash on August 31, 1997. Mother Teresa died later that same week on September 5, 1997, just ten days after her 87th birthday. The following poem was written shortly after Teresa’s death and republished in 2017.