Four Mothers

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             by  Dana Janine Diamond  

                                                                        painting woman writing thomas faed

A mother is always writing

a new line

even when it seems

we are merely repeating

the same utterances

every single morning.

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I never dreamt

when sliding through

blades of grass,

confiding in friends in the open

expanse of green, varied fields,      images

(escaping such chores as hanging

laundry to billow on the lines)

that life might might turn,

like birdsong, and other random notes

sounding in the distance.

We absentmindedly chose

daisies and dandelions,

gathering small bouquets,

as if we could direct life

into the palm of our young hands.

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We speculated with bold determination

and a hint of wonder

on how we wanted

our lives

to unfold

like rose petals

falling out of a love note.

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We were flowers, we were kaleidoscopes,

we got married, we were loved,

we were beaten, got divorced,

got religion, got wise to ourselves.

We were allegories, we were epic,

We loved women, loved men,                                smart_women_read_between_the_lines

held educated places in society,

gave birth, gave love, adopted, expanded.

Between us, we swam the oceans,

traveled the continents,

embraced sun-glorious skies,

spoke our truth, found contentment.

We were challenged

by children

with their unique view of the world,

we grew children

like spectacular gardens.

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We taught the world to sing.

We grew into heroines,

standing in front of new lines,                                  marching-women

throwing out the lines

we had learned by rote,

to bring about changes

we could never

have foreseen

back when we

were sixteen and dreaming,

when we thought

our mothers had a lot to learn

about mothering.

 

COPYRIGHT 2013 Dana Janine Diamond ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See Copyright Notice pertaining to thejewishpoetess.wordpress.com

 

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