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Letting Go

Letting Go

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Published by Robin Rule
a daughter describes her relationship with her mother
a daughter describes her relationship with her mother

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Published by: Robin Rule on Sep 08, 2010
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Robin Rule added this note
wow laura, what a close read to catch my assonance. the h-h-h-h sound when one is being beaten, the sound that escapes the mouth that refuses to scream, to deny the satisfaction of "no mommy no mommy": all's that's left is that breath of refusal to 'give in'. It wasn't until i was 15 & able to stand stock still, no breath but zen breath did she stop beating me. i believe i made her feel a fool.
Robin Rule added this note
thanks mevedika. the first poem i wrote expressing the abuse i grew up w/ & the putting down thereof. 1 brother crazed, 'nother angry all the time, & i chose to walk away from the whole mess. i tried once to forgive & she acted as if it were my fault, so i've just walked away. have peace finally. thank God.
Vedika added this note
The first read of this had me with chills, the second had me in awe. Well done, this is haunting
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A story born from an older one. Great poem!
Robin Rule added this note
thanks sarita. i grew up learning silence was the safest path, so when I became a woman the poet-voice became my clanging sword that i put down for no man or woman. dramatic? you betcha.
Sarita Baker-Brown added this note
chilling. for so many reasons. sparse and not a word out of place. silent respectful silence for a minute to your courage.
Sarita Baker-Brown added this note
and the other side of some story ..... Fiona
Phantomimic added this note
Riveting Robin, but so sad. Finding peace if often a long and painful process.
Robin Rule added this note
thanks guys. This is the first poem I wrote dealing with the issue that my mother organically hates me. And i don't think it ironic that the poem itself begins with birth. Those ARE the things that hurt a human first: going thru the birth canal...i've accepted the fact that she's mentally ill, so that makes it easier.

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