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A Mother, A Friend, A Rock Solid Bitch
A poem about my always interesting relationship with my mother.
Jenn is an eclectic freak who spends her days writing and creating digital art, just for the love of it.
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A Mother, A Friend, A Rock Solid Bitch
In my young life,
I carried an image with me
Of the perfect mother.
She wasn't the one I had
No, no no.
She was the Virgin Mary
My Aunt Susie
Debbie Hopkins' mother
Anybody's mother but mine.
Four year old child
Confused and mother-lonely
And Daddy brings the
"Are you my Mommy?"
"No, but I will be."
Yeah, right. She never was.
Oh, she was a "mother" all right.
(In more ways than one)
But never a Mommy.
Just a cold and cruel woman.
Not my Mommy.
Somehow I had forgotten you
In a few short months.
I didn't have your face in my heart.
Your voice in my head.
The same question for every
Woman I met:
"Are you my Mommy?"
From when I was five
A weekend with you
A wondrous weekend.
A fight back at home,
And threats and yelling,
And you walking down the stairs
Not willing to put us through it
Letting go, for your sanity.
Solomon once judged
"Cut the child in half
And give each woman one half"
And the true mother
Was willing to walk away
Rather than harm her child.
A real Mother.
And that is when I found you
For good and all.
And I carried your face with me
During the lost years.
I heard your voice in my mind
And I clung to my vision of you.
And healing began,
Healing was, healing is.
Healing will continue
It's a daily struggle,
Mending this breach between us.
And years pass
I find in my Mother
A rock solid bitch
Who makes me angry.
A wildly funny woman
Who can make me laugh
Without even working at it.
A brilliant conversationalist
Who I can gab with for hours.
A friend, a goddess,
An enemy, an angel,
All wrapped up inside
One living being,
Aging now but still
And so wonderfully
Not the two of us,
We are both very
Quick to jump
Quick to flee
And to hide
Behind anger -
A safe haven
That is the kind of women
Spines of Solid Iron.
Hearts of small hurt kids.
The damage that
To both of us.
Could have destroyed us.
The Usness of Us.
Could have torn us from
Each other, in a blink.
But like glue,
Even when it wasn't easy.
Even when I hated you.
Even when you didn't
Like me very much or
Understand me at all.
And that glue stuck.
And filled in the cracks
Patches were found
To fit into the holes,
Although we left
A few holes unpatched,
The better to treasure
The mended Us.
This poem for my Mother was inspired by a comment my friend Meg made in a conversation we were sharing about the women who gave us life. Thank you Meg. And thank you Ma.
"She was mother, goddess, friend, enemy, angel, bitch all rolled into one."
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"Though this is very therapy, I liked it, especially the line which inspired the title. There's a nice easy rhythm to it - feels like conversation." -- Iam.
"i just want to say fuck" -- fucker, fuck, fuckity, fuck.
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