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Mary Morstan Female, 54, New Zealand (8/9/2013 2:50:00 PM)

Mother

You gave me a dress
and then took it back from me.
You gave me a horse
which you sold in my absence.
You gave me a harp
and then asked me back for it.
And you gave me life.

At the miser’s dinner-party
every bite is counted.

What would you say
if I tore the dress
if I drowned the horse
if I broke the harp
if I choked the strings
the strings of life?
Even if
I walked off a cliff?
I know your answer.

With your medieval mind
you’d announce me dead
and on the medical reports
you’d write the words
“ingrate”, “schizophrenic”.

Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill

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  • S. A. S. (8/9/2013 11:43:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    Do people generally remember the bad more than the good?
    .
    Here's a poem I wrote a few years back about my own family.
    .
    CURRANTS
    .
    My father won't admit to knowing
    one word of his father's tongue.
    In the early years, my mother whispered,
    " You Polack, You Shit, " only louder louder louder.
    At Grandpa's house, I walked into the currant patch,
    a silver bucket in my hand. Red beyond the rain of words.
    Red currants porzeczka czerwony, a dictionary in my hands,
    Angielsko-Polski, Polsko-Angielski,
    mythologies begin with me, my red-stained tongue,
    red stains on my stories.
    .
    Sue Ann Simar

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    • Alice Vedral Rivera Rookie - 1st Stage (8/10/2013 7:52:00 AM) Post reply

      Very nice. I think that when the pain of the bad fades, you start to remember the good.

    • Mary Morstan Rookie - 1st Stage (8/10/2013 6:59:00 AM) Post reply

      I love your poem! With regard to remembering, I think you begin to remember more of the bad as you get older - or at least allow yourself to be angry about it then. I like " Mother" because ... more

  • S. A. S. (8/9/2013 11:28:00 PM) Post reply

    gutsy and direct

  • Mary Morstan Rookie - 1st Stage (8/9/2013 2:54:00 PM) Post reply

    Forgot: Trans. from the Irish by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

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