'For the Dorias of the World': Chicago Mom's Poem Inspired by Meghan Markle's Mother During Royal Wedding Goes Viral - NBC Chicago
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'For the Dorias of the World': Chicago Mom's Poem Inspired by Meghan Markle's Mother During Royal Wedding Goes Viral

“For all the Dorias of the world,” she began



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    While many watching the royal wedding live over the weekend saw designer hats, celebrity guests and history in the making, Lesle Honore saw something more personal.

    She saw a single mother beaming with pride, alone but victorious as she watched her biracial daughter become royalty.

    “This opposite of the expectation of what a family is supposed to look like, paired with the expectation of what royalty is supposed to look like," said Honore, who watched the live coverage from her bed with her daughters beside her.

    “It was a lot of pride as well in seeing [Doria Ragland] in that journey and seeing her walk in that space,” she said. “It was emotional for me. It was joyous and it felt very familiar.”

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    Honore is preparing for her oldest daughter to graduate high school.

    “Going through these milestones alone and seeing Doria go through it alone - it was bittersweet,” she said. “I know what it feels like and I couldn’t imagine going through it on that platform.”

    Honore, a 41-year-old mother from Chicago’s South Side, took her emotions and began expressing them in the only way she knew how – by writing a poem.

    “For all the Dorias of the world,” she began. “Who will sit alone at graduations and weddings, at baseball games and school plays, at proms and award ceremonies…Who will carry the load of everything.”

    The words poured out of her and when she was done, she knew she needed to share it.

    “When I read it again I was like, ‘Nope it’s done,’” said Honore, who has previously authored a poetry book titled ‘Fist & Fire: Poems that inspire action and ignite a passion.’

    She posted it to Facebook the next morning not knowing the reaction she’d get.

    Three days later, Honore’s words have been shared more than 28,000 times with another 56,000 reactions.

    “I know this is going to sound really corny but I’m really validated and really human,” she said. “To hear so many other men and women talk about their experiences as single parents and feel validated through my poem is really great.”

    She’s also hoping the interest in her writing can inspire others to use the art form.

    “I hope… more than anything, I hope for conversations about the art and how important it is for our youth to have different ways to express themselves,” she said. “That is a lovely way to process, to connect, to express and we can do that and all of us can find unity in it.”

    She ends her poem with a message to others out there like her.

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    "For the Dorias, free spirited and strong, who know they are never alone, who know there is a matriarchal militia marching with them," she wrote. "I raise my glass to all of us. Salud." 

    Read her full poem below. 

    For the Dorias of the world

    Who will sit alone

    At graduations and weddings

    At baseball games and school plays

    At proms and award ceremonies

    Who will carry the load

    Of everything

    Wiping tears

    And celebrating

    School projects

    And first heartbreaks

    Who stay up all night

    Helping write papers and college apps

    The mothers who silently

    Create a universe for their children

    Launching pads to toss them in to the

    Solar system

    With hands wide open to grab

    All the stars their hearts desire

    The Dorias who always leave space

    For a father’s redemption

    Knowing it may never come

    Because they have spent a life time

    Patching their children back together

    Picking up the crushed spirits

    Rebuilding them with love

    This is for the Dorias

    Who will watch as their legacies

    Take steps towards their own journeys

    Armed with love

    Armed with hope

    Armed with strength

    That the years of struggle



    Forged onto their souls

    And for the children

    Who have watched their mothers

    Make a life out of thin air

    A dollar out of 15 cents

    Who have seen ceilings shattered

    Barriers leapt over

    And are covered in black girl magic

    They know that there is

    no limit

    To their dreams

    To success

    that hard work can’t achieve

    No trial that last forever

    They have learned to

    Weather the storms

    Know for certain that the sun will come

    Warm their faces

    And illuminate their paths

    The way their mothers have

    From their first breath

    For the Dorias

    In that last car ride

    Driving to your children’s

    Next adventure

    For the Dorias

    Free spirited

    And strong

    Who know they are never alone

    Who know there is a

    Matriarchal militia marching

    With them

    I raise my glass to all of us


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