Heather T

daughter

 

 

she handed me an echo

downcast

a guarded glimpse

winding

it grew vines

from the etchings on

her wrists

so many years of me

unwrapped

I heard her sigh

it wavered in her sails

a plea to meet

my eyes

through her open window

she burned rivers of her own

she couldn't know in all her smoke

the words that I

had thrown

or how many moons

the same I rocked her by

in sickles and reflections

crying

singing

she and I

somewhere beneath her feathers

on the paper where she cries

hope is a hemorrhaging

ocean

 

that salts this flesh of mine

Comments6

  • Nicholas Browning

    This is beautiful. Pain is invisible if you don't know where to look. The last line fits perfectly, and it's nice all around. Thank you for this, may you and your daughter be well.

    • Nicholas Browning

      P.S.
      Your daughter is an amazing poetess? She obviously got that from you.

      • Heather T

        Thank you, Nicholas. What you said about pain is truth. She healed beautifully and has been well for a good long while now.

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      • malubotelho

        Very deep poem. Awesome writing. Thanks for sharing.

        • Heather T

          I appreciate you so much, thank you.

          • malubotelho

            Always welcome

          • FredPeyer

            Heather, the way I understand it this is your poem you wrote as a response to your daughter's poem, right?
            It is beautiful, a poem only a gifted poet and loving mother could write. Thank you for sharing.

            • Heather T

              Yes, you understood correctly. She started writing when she was really little, but she hadn't shared with mom since she had gotten a bit older. She was 14 when she let me read again. She's turning 18 soon. Thank you for reading.

            • AmandaJade

              Your works are always my favorite to read...true talent!!

              • Heather T

                Aw, that means much! You're the sweetest, Miss Amanda.

              • Michael Edwards

                Supreme writing - this is so special - a great piece of work.

                • Heather T

                  Thank you, dear Michael. That's special, coming from someone so gifted 😊

                • Cyprian Van Dyke

                  This is a very amazing poem!!! (If you will please tell her that for me.) You must be very proud of your daughter. Thank you for sharing this! :)

                  • Heather T

                    I think I confused everyone! This poem is my response to my daughter's. I wish I had her permission to post her writing. She's very gifted at age 17. Thank you!

                    • Cyprian Van Dyke

                      I misunderstood, but thank you for correcting me. :)



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