Maternally Yours
by Heather Leonard

Born into your arms, I expected to be nurtured
Raised by your hand, I expected to be loved
You are the sole reason for my existence
My thoughts, my behavior
How many times have I heard your words
And accepted their meaning as what you dictated?
Only now have I begun to realize
The words for what they truly are:
Everything was a secret
Nothing could be traced back to you
Did you once look to see the neon sign
Placed above your head?
You were supposed to be the one to guide me
And you have
I strive to be all you arenít
And nothing you are

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Poem Copyright © 2004 by Heather Leonard


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