Charlotte Ballard


I Never Had a Mother


I never had a mother
Who read “Hello Moon”
Fifty-seven times before
Tossing it behind the refrigerator

I never had a mother
Who brushed my hair
Before each day’s battle
Against primary foes.

I never had a mother
Who hugged me before
I slept and dreamed of
Gold that only I could acquire.

I did have a mother
Who cooked up soup
To last the three days
Before payday came.

I did have a mother
That roared like a lion
And took me to see
The doctor more times
Than she ought.

I did have a mother-
A piece, a part
As much as she could
Borrow against a
Promise made –
That her children
Would never be
Raised by a stranger.
I barely knew her.

Submitted: Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Edited: Monday, November 03, 2008

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Gillian.E. Shaw (7/20/2005 7:13:00 AM)

    Very moving poetry. The unwanted. Women's lives can be so difficult. A woman does well if she can find a way and sometimes she cannot see the wood for the trees. Loss. Well done! (Report) Reply

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