Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Thursday, December 29, 2011

This Child

 Photograph: Getty Images

This child you love so much destroyed your life
One time you were a strong colt running free
but now you're broken and forever saddled
This child you hate so much has saved your life

More than enough of all you never needed
and grabbing for as much as you could get
A frenzied trip to everywhere and nowhere
Girl, will there be a next stop after here?

This child, this child, this child- it's all this child
Your life, your life, your life-where did it go?
The emptiness inside you isn't screaming
The hopelessness begins to settle in

This child you love so much destroyed your life
This child you hate so much has saved your life


Brian Miller said...

nice...felt...one of the things i really grappled with when the boys were first born was the loss of freedom and in many ways feeling like i had no life...of course now...smiles.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Very interesting dichotomy you have explored here, one with much truth in practice.

Ostensible Truth said...

oh a dichotomy indeed, and one I've unfortunately seen quite a bit, I've had friends who have always had bad relationships with their mothers because they had them young, obviously this is not a sweeping generalisation as I also know others with no such thing, but it is something I've seen and you've picked up on it well here! the dichotomy - of saving and ruining, it's a fine line, too much saving could be the ruining of a person I think... this was well written and mused! enjoyed greatly and thanks for all your comments!! :) :)

Susie Clevenger said...

A tough, honest expression...great job!

Bouncin' Barb said...

Having been a single mother when I had my son, I am thankful that never once did I think that he was a burden or have any regrets. From the first moment I saw him I loved him. We've had a bumpy relationship lately but it's only because we are both so stubborn. The bond will always be there. This was beautiful. Thank you!

Damon said...

nice post :D

Fireblossom said...

They say that one's parents ruin the first half of life, and one's children ruin the second half!

Kay L. Davies said...

A subject I know all too well, although not firsthand. The love/hate dichotomy can exist in many different kinds of relationships, but when it exists between mother and child...

Heaven said...

I like the contrasts of emotions playing off each other... love and hate, destroyed and saved. While it may seem we lost our freedom, having a child saves us in ways we don't always understand.

Great reflections and poetic piece ~

Buddah Moskowitz said...

This is ambitious and hard-hitting. Speaks volumes for some, speaks whispers for others.
Great job- mosk

Laurie Kolp said...

Honest and raw feelings expressed here. Certain stages children go through can be immensly challenging, but they pass. Blessings to you in 2012.

darev2005 said...

Between the post and the comments there's just not much I can add.

Other than to say "Very good..."

Pat Tillett said...

Oh yeah! You know my background.
We also have five kids and the relationships with them run from one extreme to the other.

Mary Ann Potter said...

Starkly written and so very effective! You wrote these two extremes of emotion so well.