Charlotte Ballard


I Never Had A Mother - Poem by Charlotte Ballard

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.


Comments about I Never Had A Mother by Charlotte Ballard

  • Gold Star - 5,144 Points Kenneth Maswabi (8/17/2015 9:32:00 AM)

    Mothers are the center of our early years. Our love and adoration for our mothers is almost always mixed with the sour taste of their disciplinary measures. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

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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

  • Bronze Star - 2,650 Points john tiong chunghoo (7/20/2005 4:46:00 AM)

    mother
    loving even her idiocy
    mother
    loves her child
    for all that is there
    and not there (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, November 3, 2008


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