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Mother Dear

by Delilah Coyne

Like a venomous viper,
her words are poison
sinking in
and paralyzing her.
A cruel mother who eats her young,
she tears at the gut and
rips out the heart.
With no care for feelings,
she delivers her sentiments
with razor edges and cold steel.
Biting , chewing, gnawing
at her daughter's hide,
she rages on.
Once nurturing,
now destructive and vindictive,
she erupts with scorn and curses.

All this time
you pretended
to love and care
and now the
truth is
it's all about you.

A long worn facade of
motherly love
has been removed
and a ghastly corpse
of selfish deceit is
now exposed.
You don't even realize
your mask is gone,
mother dear.


Author's Note: This is not autobiographical for me personally, but my mom and her mother had a major falling out recently and all kinds of crap came bubbling to the surface. In short, my grandmother really hurt my mom and it's been eye opening, to say the least.

Posted on 06/07/2006
Copyright © 2020 Delilah Coyne

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Christel Crews on 06/07/06 at 06:14 PM

something tells me you were ticked-off when you wrote this.. its incredible, boiling over with anger and spite, well expressed. i hope everything is alright!

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 06/07/06 at 08:49 PM

The emotion in this piece is so powerful and intense- I would hate to be the receipient of these feelings. Good write, straight from the heart. Excellent Job.

Posted by Jean Mollett on 08/30/06 at 03:41 AM

Hi Delilah, It's really full of emotions. I do believe you were very upset when you wrote this. It's so sad that the two had a falling out. Her mother being so cruel. I hope and pray that the two will start talking again and makeup. Life is too short. When I was a teen, my mom and me had a bad fall out. But we spoke only when we had to. Then years later, I moved away. then it came rushing at me, how much I missed her. We talked and forgave each other. But, I've also lost 10 years, that can't be made up. I'm so glad we did. Now, I'm seeing my Mom go down hill so fast, with her condition. It's just a matter of time, I know we won't have her too much longer. This is very hard on my family. Yes, at one time I too hated my Mom. Yes, it's hard to deal with and to get over. I pray that the Lord will touch your Mom and grandmother and heal your family. Lots of hugs for you and yours.

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