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The Mother - Poem by Gwendolyn Brooks

Abortions will not let you forget.
You remember the children you got that you did not get,
The damp small pulps with a little or with no hair,
The singers and workers that never handled the air.
You will never neglect or beat
Them, or silence or buy with a sweet.
You will never wind up the sucking-thumb
Or scuttle off ghosts that come.
You will never leave them, controlling your luscious sigh,
Return for a snack of them, with gobbling mother-eye.

I have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed
children.
I have contracted. I have eased
My dim dears at the breasts they could never suck.
I have said, Sweets, if I sinned, if I seized
Your luck
And your lives from your unfinished reach,
If I stole your births and your names,
Your straight baby tears and your games,
Your stilted or lovely loves, your tumults, your marriages, aches,
and your deaths,
If I poisoned the beginnings of your breaths,
Believe that even in my deliberateness I was not deliberate.
Though why should I whine,
Whine that the crime was other than mine?--
Since anyhow you are dead.
Or rather, or instead,
You were never made.
But that too, I am afraid,
Is faulty: oh, what shall I say, how is the truth to be said?
You were born, you had body, you died.
It is just that you never giggled or planned or cried.

Believe me, I loved you all.
Believe me, I knew you, though faintly, and I loved, I loved you
All.


Comments about The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks

  • Gold Star - 6,579 Points Dutendra Chamling (10/18/2015 6:36:00 AM)

    It's really powerful poem, It has addressed to greatest problem in the world. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Jodi Nelms (2/17/2015 4:03:00 AM)

    How beautifully sad, truly honest, of the heart. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Danielle Machado (12/28/2014 3:56:00 PM)

    In some parts of the world the word abortion means what we in the US call a miscarriage. It may have been that way here back when this was written. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Marriage

  1. 1. The Mother , Gwendolyn Brooks
  2. 2. The Break Away , Anne Sexton
  3. 3. My Mother's Body , Marge Piercy
  4. 4. The Glove , Robert Browning
  5. 5. My Mother's Body , Marge Piercy
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