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Mother Rock

Mother Rock,

Your jolting touch

split open more than my trusting heart

tucked away in virgin chest,

dashed to pieces

more parts of me

than bone, marrow and blood

thought to create.

Your deft smoothness hid the cutting edges

of your sharp anger;

I blinked my surprise at the cold shock of pain

with which you bandaged me

there in your passionless suburban home,

with no corners generous enough

to hide an innocent’s grief.

(I was careful to never step on sidewalk cracks

out of respect for your health,

and surrendered to grasping hands

only when I had no choice…

I really had no choice, mother.)

Mother Rock,

a lifetime I must spend

unlearning the folly of your example

and grieving the lack of a mother’s love

which never reached me

through layers of polyester,

and the suffocating luxury of wall to wall

in your suburban domain.

Mother: no one gave me permission

to come out of the corner

you banished me to

in the heat of your anger…

(I simply fled when your back was turned.)

(1985)

Mother Rock

Beautifuldreamer

Happy Valley, United States

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