Posted by malthus on September 13, 2004, at 19:08:02
In reply to being my mothers child...I remember...., posted by Jai Narayan on September 12, 2004, at 23:13:31
I think this poem is so poignant because you discuss a universal theme of a child wanting a parent's (whom we adore) unconditional love. What is striking is the way you put your child's voice next to your adult's voice with the words "My God" in between the two voices, pleading to a higher power to explain why this happened to you. I have heard the expression "parents do the best they know how to at the time". I have had to struggle with saying this line over and over and over again with forgiving my parents for the things they did (or didn't do) to me as a child, a teenager and an adult (mostly caused by their bitter marriage, divorce and tunnel vision in their pursuit of success in the corporate world.) I'm not sure I completely buy the above concept because we think we would never have done these things to our own children. If you don't mind me asking, has your mother passed away? Have you ever read "The Secret Life of Bees". It deals with what you are feeling. I hope you feel better.