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For my Mum

My Mum
So softly softly spoken
A serene calm married to fiery red
Her deepest desires never awoken
Until children left home and he was dead

I am not my mother
Should I even bother
With such a virulent statement?
A toxic repudiation of her contentment?

I do not like my mother
Those teenage words I said
Little did I understand their significance
And years later, how they fill me with dread

I will not be my mother
Why not, some ask? To my reply
Because she wants more for each of her children
And I’m encouraged to soar high

Would I like to be my mother?
No, but this isn’t intended as an insult.
She has loved and raised three girls,
Lost her soulmate at 42, all without complaint.

Is my mother a saint?
Again, I reiterate, NO! Of course not!
But she has tackled adversity with grace
And my admiration of her is not a regret.

I must not become my mother
Fortunately, I live in a different time.
One where an accidental but loved pregnancy
Is not treated like a heinous crime.

I will not be my mother
Is a statement of purpose and intent.
She, like all mothers of the world,
Wants so much more for me than she had herself
And I embrace that journey of wish-fulfillment.

For my Mum


Joined March 2009

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Artist's Description

My Mum had her first Christmas today without her own Mother. Tomorrow we are all coming together in Ballarat, but it has been making me think this week of the sometimes difficult way we react and respond to one of the most critical relationships we can ever have in our lives xoxo

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