Susan Williams

Famous Last Words - Poem by Susan Williams

It is a complex and amazing thing
to be a wife and mother
- -isn't it?
We took these roles on so willingly
after dreaming about them from childhood on
- -didn't we?
It was to be our joy
forever and ever amen
- -wasn't it?
We were princesses
looking for our charming prince
- -weren't we?
And we were wedded and bedded
and bore sweet sweet baby heirs and heiresses
- -didn't we?
Then we found ourselves ruling a kingdom
of bills and dirty diapers and unmown lawns
of T-ball and birthday parties and P.T.A. meetings
of sweet babies turning into rebellious teens
of reminding ourselves daily it is our duty
[that we took on quite willingly],
of reminding ourselves daily it is an honor
[that no one recognizes and rewards]
Yes we were princesses who grew up to be queens
and actually rule a kingdom now
- - unfortunately our kingdom rules us as much as we rule it.
Our souls get restless when our charming princelings
and our queens-in-waiting are gone to school
- - -don't they?
Our hearts begin yearning to visit other realms
to win applause and international renown
- - -don't they?
Our minds are spinning with dreams of glory
or at least a little recognition and respect
- - -aren't they?
Our lives need to express themselves
in authorship, paintings hung in galleries, or a shop making money
- - -don't they?
But can we do it? Can we rule our little kingdoms
and rule them well if we add a career as well?
- - -can't we?
And we do want to do these things well- -
we were brought up to want to do these things well- -
and our very pride demands we do these things well- -
after all we dreamed of our prince charmings and our babies sweet
and we found ourselves ruling our little kingdoms like conscientious little queens
Now we want more but at what cost we wonder
Can we- can we- can we still please Prince Charming
and raise good and brave and true heirs to the years to come
can we still do as we ought as well as what we want
Can we rule our kingdoms well
if we add a career as well?
[I wonder if that is the meaning of the ancient phrase-
hoist by our own petard]
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ©2016 Susan Williams.

Topic(s) of this poem: careers, decisions, mothers, women

Form: Verse

Comments about Famous Last Words by Susan Williams

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/13/2018 9:25:00 AM)

    Inscription through question tag is much interesting. The theme of the poem has much value. You have wonderfully painted the womanhood that can attract towards it for reading over and over again. For this I have visited twice. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (7/27/2018 5:38:00 PM)

    Thank you for visiting this little poem more than once- I think there can never be a better compliment for a poem! ! Thank you, Kumarmani, my friend!

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  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/7/2018 12:59:00 PM)

    The complexity and challenges of family life especially from a women's perspective is here excellently expressed as fairy tale expectations and beginnings give way to the rabid realities of the stresses, strains and struggles of life! . (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (7/27/2018 5:10:00 PM)

    When women are girls we are so wound up in the silken ribbons of love forever and ever- then the girl changes into a woman as time, children, hum-drum and heart-ache fill her days. There comes a point when women look out the window and wonder the what ifs of life choices. Thank you for understanding this. Howard!

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/7/2018 12:58:00 PM)

    The complexity and challenges of family life especially from a women's perspective is here excellently expressed as fairy tale expectations and beginnings give way to the rabid realities of the stresses, strains and struggles of life... (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (7/27/2018 5:36:00 PM)

    Hi Hi! ! Same comment doubled up! ! Same comment doubled up! ! Thank you! ! Thank you! !

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (6/19/2018 2:04:00 AM)

    Dear friend Susan,
    I like the way you have written this poem, so very endearing!
    I like even more the question you put across- weren't we? didn't we?
    From a princess to a queen to a...............normal, down to earth homemaker -the goal - to keep all happy
    The wonderful womanhood! Excellent write Susan. A full 10++
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    Susan Williams (6/21/2018 8:14:00 PM)

    Thank you Geeta for letting me know the specific things about this poet that you liked and the points that you related to. I learn every day when you and others like you take the time to target the nuts and bolts of a poem. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And thank you for the 10s as well! !

  • Jez Brul (6/18/2018 7:00:00 PM)

    Absolutely true, mam Susan! Prayer is the answer...With Him in our lives, everything will turn out right..even the impossible will be made possible...Thank you so much mam Susan for this inspiring reply. It made my morning bright and I gained energy to start with my household chores...waaaaaa never ending chores..🤣😅😂 (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (6/21/2018 8:01:00 PM)

    What an encouraging comment- -to make another human being's morning bright and the chores of the day less tedious is heartening. Sometimes when I am all disgruntled, I think of how pioneer women washed their clothes, and their dishes, and swept their dirt floor, and cooked dinner from the gardens they tended and on and on and all of a sudden I am thanking God for unrecognized blessings! ! !

  • Jez Brul (6/15/2018 4:31:00 AM)

    Haynaku! (A Filipino expression of sigh) This poem makes me think and pause. Should I accept the job infront of my doooooor! ! !
    TO BE OR NOT TO BE! That is the question.....🤔😏😪 to my poem list mam Susan and of course a huge TENNNNN💝💗💖
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    Susan Williams (6/18/2018 4:50:00 PM)

    I think most women have at least one moment in their past they sigh over. How can we know the decisions we make will lead to our highest response? I don't know but I think praying to God gives us a better chance of choosing right. Certainly God wants the best for us so we need to listen carefully. Thank you for the 10 and for placing this on your fav list, my friend!

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/22/2018 5:50:00 PM)

    Qualitative questions that demand answers. When girlish dreams are awaken by the rabid reality of womanhood and motherhood and wifehood. Such a rich, and realistic perspective of the varied roles of women. Well done my friend! (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (5/25/2018 5:14:00 PM)

    We are blessed by all the roles we play in the lives of others- -but there are those times we want... more please! Thank you for the encouragement, Howard!

  • Susan Williams (3/10/2018 1:30:00 AM)

    Kumarmani Mahakul- -Thank you for reading my poems. You always read carefully and delve deeply and encourage me so. Thank you. so much. I wish they had a way of giving 10's to poets who are also good critiquers! ! (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/2/2018 9:42:00 AM)

    Beautifully painted the real picture of the present society through this poem using question tag. Many questions many answers. Hauntingly and astutely presented. Let the concluding lines be quoted........
    Can we rule our kingdoms well
    if we add a career as well? An insightful write. Thank u dear madam for sharing this gem. Full vote.
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    Susan Williams (6/18/2018 4:37:00 PM)

    Thank you for reading my poems. You always read carefully and delve deeply and encourage me so. Thank you. so much. I wish they had a way of giving 10's to poets who are also good critiquers! !

  • (2/12/2018 3:08:00 AM)

    The truth and nothing but- -isn't it?
    A stark picture of modern maternal reality!
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    Susan Williams (2/14/2018 6:25:00 PM)

    Unfortunately in today's economic world, many a mother has to work to help bring in enough money for the family to have adequate health-care or a decent neighborhood to live in and that's while having a husband! I was lucky- I was able to raise my children myseld not having to work outside the home.

  • (12/31/2017 2:59:00 AM)

    I think the blessing should come from the Divine to strike a balance between a life of household and careers that a woman has to choose and that with the innocence and experience of her life and the phrase hoist by one's own petard may be proved wrong in the long run if worked out with the earnestness of conviction and belief in self to achieve positivity.........Susan.......feelings so clearly expressed......10++++++++ wish you a merry Christmas an Happy New Year 2018 (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (12/31/2017 5:54:00 PM)

    Thank you for the spirited comment! ! ! And the sparkly 10's! And I wish you A Very Happy New Year and hope you had a Christmas filled with love and joy and warmth of family and friendship!

  • (8/28/2017 1:21:00 AM)

    It is no easy fete to manage a household and a career simultaneously. I take my hat off to nurses have who have to work full time shift work (usually to pay mortgages) and who juggle those horrendously busy hours at work with their young families at home. It is a true luxury to have time to explore creative pursuits. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (8/29/2017 5:00:00 PM)

    As we here on PH have seen, nurses have truths to tell and they do not fear saying it! ! ! Thank you for reading me - -whenever I compare my lighter poetry with your very important poems I am shamed. I know from my Mother's life that working as a Nurse takes time away from family, food prep, , lounging around with the kids, and REST! All working Mothers should be commended- -and given a vacation in Hawaii to laze about in the sun- -and if I am elected, every Mother in America is going! ! ! ! ! ! ! .

  • Glen Kappy (8/27/2017 7:22:00 AM)

    Hi, Susan!

    Not my first time reading this, but my first time reading your replies to the comments- which I enjoyed. They give me a good feeling about your soul.

    On the content of the poem, I can participate in that I know the feeling of being pulled in opposite directions, of yearnings put on hold.

    My thoughts also go to my granddaughter who sleeps with my wife as I write. She'll be seven in October, and for a while now already has shown signs she will grow up wanting to be a mother. She sleeps over a weekend night every week these days. Last night her mom and dad (our younger son) used the time to work at their studio. Many things, including the time to create, are made easier when there's extended family around. Women's liberation, as it's called, has changed the attitudes of many, but the balance or juggling act of responsibilities and priorities remains a challenge.

    Wishing you all the best,

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    Susan Williams (8/29/2017 4:33:00 PM)

    Thank you for reading this more than once! ! ! I often wonder what effect it is having on children and family that family members are living in other states from the grandparents and each other. I know the Waltons was a rather idyllic show, but there was truth in having the wisdom and presence of the old timers to look after the youngsters as their parents worked in the field or in town- -I know I loved going to visit my Grands back east every summer and listen to their tales of a different harder life that they had won through. Sometimes progress isn't all that progressive, is it? Glad you are enjoying having your grandchild with you- I am sure she looks forward to the treat of loving Grands spending valuable time with her.

  • Hazel Durham (8/20/2017 4:36:00 AM)

    To be true to oneself is the way to a deeper meaningful life, to embrace change, to fill our lives with what we have and to embrace our ambitions too. This is not an easy journey but to believe in our desires and to make a life that will include what we have because family is everything! A great write! (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (8/20/2017 3:36:00 PM)

    I look forward to your comments, Hazel. I think you have the battle scars to show you know what it means to choose a difficult but ultimately fulfilling path through life. Thank you for your view from someone who's been there and doing that!

  • Chinedu Dike (2/8/2017 10:39:00 AM)

    An insightful portrayal of the intricacies of womanhood and motherhood elegantly brought forth with conviction. Beautiful rendition of words to utmost justice. Thanks for sharing Susan. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (2/13/2017 4:02:00 PM)

    I apologize for being so slow in replying... I didn't see or didn't get a timely notification of a new comment. Probably my error- I do not have much computer savvy. Anyway, I thank you for dropping in and reading this and I sincerely hope it was worth the time. If so, then I am highly pleased.!

  • Bri Edwards (12/13/2016 12:24:00 PM)

    oops! been here, done this. i mean read and commented.

    :) bri
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  • (11/27/2016 1:46:00 AM)

    Biology has a lot to answer for as it badgers us into creating our little realms! Some people seem immune, however,
    My daughter is one as she never had any ambition to have children, I console myself by thinking I've never had to face the terrors of baby-sitting! Sometimes I think it's like that old saying. You don't buy a puppy for Christmas, you buy it for Life. We are indeed hung by our own biological petards. And yet there are many joys. Okay PTA meetings are not among them! It's a most thoughtful and interesting poem, Sue.
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    Susan Williams (12/1/2016 9:46:00 PM)

    Thank you, Tom. Once a parent, always a parent. Often a life that is a dream-come-true. Sometimes a doorway into agony. My oldest daughter has decided not to have children but my youngest daughter gave me two grandchildren - - they are great, you know, get tired of 'em, just pack 'em up and return 'em to their parents- preferably spoiled out of their minds!

  • Pamela Sinicrope (11/8/2016 1:28:00 PM)

    I feel you. [and this poem didn't backfire]
    Ha ha! Yes, this is how I feel do, don't I? Your poem really covers it in your bubbly poetic voice that I so enjoy. I also like the care taken to insert clever devices in the writing...the questions, the brackets, the dots, the dashes. They are characteristically you and enhance the voice of the speaker in the poem. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (12/1/2016 9:58:00 PM)

    Wow! ! ! I love your comments, Pamela- -you take the time to point about specifics that you feel impacted by. That is very important intell! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Thank you! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Bri Edwards (10/30/2016 11:11:00 PM)

    [that we took on quite willingly], ..................this made me (a man speaking now) laugh rather heartily.

    i'm glad some of us have some of you to fall back on; i'm not talking about the bedding you mentioned!

    of reminding ourselves daily it is an honor
    [that no one recognizes and rewards]..............hey, didn't he give you the $4.95 Hallmark Mother's Day year? ! ! ! come on! what da ya want, after all? you asked for 'it', right? your kingdom, that is!

    Can we- can we- can we ..........i like the repetition. oh, your stutter just came back?
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    Can we rule our kingdoms well
    if we add a career as well?
    [I wonder if that is the meaning of the ancient phrase-
    hoist by our own petard]
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Google time!

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    hoist with (or by) one's own petard
    phrase of petard

    have one's plans to cause trouble for others backfire on one.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    so I'D SAY it is NOT what the ancient phrase means, UNLESS taking on a career is meant to cause trouble for someone. hmm?

    to MyPoemList. i'd send it TWICE.......if i could.

    bri :)
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  • Laurie Van Der Hart (10/25/2016 1:32:00 AM)

    Thanks, Susan. Ha ha, Nobel Prize.... FYI I have two novels on Amazon Kindle and a book of short stories and poems waiting (for what, I'm not sure) to be uploaded. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams (10/25/2016 2:14:00 PM)

    That is good news- -I am in the middle of writing a 7 book series, two short story books, a book of my poetry. I am foundering under this load but thankfully I have raised my children and can now use a certain amount of free time to write.... I wish you well and hope your short stories get published- - what are the titles of your books?

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 10, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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