She Knew Me.

by Olivia Martin

Momma told me

"give from the heart
but always save a little
for yourself"

it was like poetry from the grave

as if the Lord granted
her the ability to share
these words in the back
of an ancient scrapbook buried
at the bottom
of my worn wooden chest

but no

she knew me

I was a teenager
to erase fingerprints
from the south side shelters
walls where the cement crumbled
from gangbangers and drug addicts

she knew me

before they disappeared to the South
securing family secrets in the old
White Taurus
and strapping down new beginnings
1400 miles away

she knew me

before a sudden death
when unspoken words were heavy laden
in a midnight fog and gust of wind
that told me she was gone
this time
She knew me always -- Before I even knew myself.


Author's Note: Hello, folks. Please keep in mind this is rusty, crankling, and the first poem that has come out of the deluge of life in almost three years. :)

Posted on 08/19/2013
Copyright © 2024 Olivia Martin

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 08/19/13 at 09:46 PM

Welcome back. Keep on giving us all you have to give.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 08/19/13 at 10:37 PM

"Poetry from the grave" indeed. Outstanding.

Posted by Mo Couts on 08/24/13 at 01:44 AM

You don't seem rusty at all, if that's any consolation to you. This is beautifully done.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 10/17/14 at 12:45 PM

incredible imagery from which truth bursts forth abundantly. Congratulations on POTD.

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