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The Borders

Rating: 3.5
To say that she came into me,
from another world, is not true.
Nothing comes into the universe
and nothing leaves it.
My mother—I mean my daughter did not
enter me. She began to exist
inside me—she appeared within me.
And my mother did not enter me.
When she lay down, to pray, on me,
she was always ferociously courteous,
fastidious with Puritan fastidiousness,
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COMMENTS
Colleen Courtney 15 May 2014
The moher-daughter relationship can be so beautiful but yet also so tenuous. Tender and poignant write.
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Bill Grace 25 January 2009
I envy the power of her craft. Bill Grace
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Walter Durk 11 March 2008
This is a very emotional poem, sad yet telling. To me, it is beautifully written and touching.
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Glenda Shank 20 February 2006
This is an excellent capturing of the emotions of an abused woman and the resolution to keep her own ddaughter safe. My favorite by Sharon Olds.
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