Reconciliation

Mother

When he went away and left you

He left me too

And we lived together

You and I

One woman     one child

And I wanted to grow up

To love you both

But you’d come home

From a job that drained you

That made you curl up tight

Inside yourself

I knocked and I know

You tried to let me in

While he went away

And sent letters of love to me

And I cried to live with him

I didn’t understand

 

My best friend told me this

People say your mother

Has a chip on her shoulder

I didn’t understand

 

Believe me Mother

When I tell you

I don’t remember

That time in your life

When you were ill

When your legs were weak

And you used a cane

When your eyes saw double

And the threat of disease

That would waste you

Hung over us

A girl of fourteen

Awake     awake     whose eyes

Could see     whose brain

Could think

But Mother I don’t remember

I just don’t remember

 

Mother

We are healed now

And the years between

Have made us friends

I need you Mother

When you die

No one else can care as much

—1975

5 thoughts on “Reconciliation

  • March 23, 2017 at 12:42 am
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    Once again………. so much truth.

    Thank you Wendy!

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  • March 23, 2017 at 7:32 am
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    I can re-live this with you!!!
    So meaningful…..
    Much love,
    Pete

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  • March 25, 2017 at 6:44 am
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    Love. I’m sure I met your mom, but can’t remember her name….was it grandma Alice?

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  • May 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm
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    Absolutely Beautiful Grandma Wendy.
    Love your grandchildren, Sukhi & Jay

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