Though Your Mother Never Told You So

Your innocent, tenuous attempts were met
By nervous nods and down-curved lips.
Exuberance quashed, sensuality squashed:
Just knitted brows and hands-on-hips.

A need, an ache, a wish, a hope:
Now steel-cold stance, accusing eyes.
A plea, a scream, a prayer, a curse:
Only pity-me cries and injured sighs.

You’re fifty now; you’ve learned the ropes.
The child you were you finally know.
She was beautiful and good and pure and sweet,
Though your mother never told you so.

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One Response to “Though Your Mother Never Told You So”

  1. FarzanaHafsa Says:

    Dear Nancy, Your poem made me cry. It touched my soul. I am so proud that my facebook post has inspired you to write this beautiful poem. And you have touched my soul. Nancy, I consider myself fortunate that I had a teacher like you. Very few people know how to value others. You make me feel special. You will always be very special to me.

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