For International Women’s Day: IWD 2021

by Joan Miró The Port 1945

When Life Closes In

Take a look at where you’ve been.
Look to your roots. As with my mother.

She wore a ladybird pin on her collar.
Dress or blouse. If there wasn’t one,

she sewed a collar on it. And belt loops.
A belt reminds you to hold your belly in.

That’s what she said. She had opinions.
She had her ways. Wore sensible shoes.

My mother pricked and prodded roses,
hacked the wildness out of lilacs.

Out in the cold and damp air. Drizzle.
No such thing as an unwanted season.

Dad used to call her Egghead. Annoyed
her the way a thorn annoys ones skin.

I remember it as unkind. I remember
her cheeks flushed deep. Her heat.

I remember her saying that heaven
stares down on you, so be ever kind.

Can’t recall when her hair wasn’t grey.
Didn’t hear her last words. I wasn’t there.

We buried Mum wearing her ladybird pin.

Today is International Women’s Day, and this one is for my mother who always set her own path. She loved to melt into the landscape.  #APoemADay #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 on Twitter   © Misky 2021 Image is from WikiArt by Joan Miró The Port 1945

9 responses to “For International Women’s Day: IWD 2021”

  1. Wow, Vivid lines, Misky. Says so much through your candid portrayal of your mum.

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    1. Thank you very much.

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  2. My mother has been dead now for longer than I knew her. Weird. Keep making songs like this, remember her diversely.

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    1. Yes, time and perspective are tricksters.

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  3. A moving portrait, Misky – she sounds like she was an inspiration and a huge influence in your life. Thank you for adding your voice!

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    1. Thanks, Ingrid.

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  4. What a lovely portrait of your mum, and a hidden sadness at the way she was treated. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks. Not sadness, but awareness. She always gave as good as she got, and there was lessons in that too.

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      1. Good to hear that!

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