GloPoWriMo Day 29: First 48 Hours

 Image: Salvador Dali Figure and Drapery in a Landscape, 1934 (fair use)

A Poem After Frank O’Hara’s Why I am Not a Painter

The First 48-Hours of Motherhood

this small thing that shrieks
and hollers, and shatters my edges

it thinks it’s something vital
like rain or heaven

what is it trying to say, never sure
if it’s mad and sane, or stupid or not

does its thoughts stretch as far
as mine, or is it an empty window

love me, and you’ll see
how important I am.

NaPoWriMo Day 29 – Write about gifts bestowed on your birth: I drew a blank. I will simply say that my father loved me unconditionally. It was a gift that can still bring tears of gratitude. This is probably off-prompt, but that’s what happens sometimes. The subject of this poem is never named or mentioned; Is it about the mother or the newborn. Do find a moment;  Frank O’Hara’s poem is worth reading, in my opinion. Image: Salvador Dali Figure and Drapery in a Landscape, 1934 (fair use) ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting #glopowrimo #napowrimo on Twitter

11 responses to “GloPoWriMo Day 29: First 48 Hours”

  1. A perfect capture of those 48 hours, Marilyn!

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    1. Thank you. My mother was always quick to remind me that motherhood wasn’t what she thought it would be.

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  2. This is incredible. Profound!!!! I just love it. I can’t believe you summed so much into so few words.


    1. Thank you so much! I find that sticking with couplets helps to keep things trim (I think).

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  3. “this small thing that shrieks
    and hollers, and shatters my edges”

    These 2 lines say it all right here Misky! Bravo! 😁👌👏


  4. If you found the answer after only 48 hours you did better than me 🙂


    1. In truth, my two (adopted) sons were 5 and 11 when I became a mother. I bypassed all the diapers and night feedings, only having to teach them to speak English and adapt to a foreign culture.


      1. Quite a programme all the same. The early weeks aren’t necessarily the hardest.

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  5. Perfect! So very well expressed, Misky! 💕🙂


    1. Thanks, Harmony.

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