General Poetry posted October 22, 2018


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My mom lived through her daughters.

SHE Lived Through Us

by A. Willow Bends

She put us in tap shoes and dance
and sat us at the piano bench
with a rhythmic metronome
our home full of books
She taught us to gently bow our heads
and fold our hands in prayer
we sewed
showing us way to be ladies
but more . . .
She dressed us in Polly Flanders dresses
Easter hats with
little delicate baby's breath
She entered us in scholarship programs
and taught us to sing in harmony
She placed in our hands
brass instruments of bands
my sisters and me
us three
She was an only child
She wanted us to be all we could be
together and individually
She lived vicariously through us
She was my Mother
She was my soul
my role model


The Life He Almost Lived writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Many people talk about what they wanted to do with their lives... what they should have done, the lives they almost lived. Write a poem that captures this.


I really miss my Mom and it took me into adulthood to realize the many ways she lived vicariously through her daughters. I know she watches and appreciates our small accomplishments and those of her grandchildren and greats.
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