Things Mothers Shared
I look at the pale, smooth,
lack of experience,
waiting for untold stories
to be written in colours and lines,
for parts to swell or shrink,
deepen or become delicate,
each change a betrayal of movements.
And I hear a distant whisper.
I don't want this face to become crinkled paper,
that doesn't keep secrets.
I don't want experience to be flouted to the public,
by the softness of a belly,
the gait of a walk.
I want to guard what's covered,
reveal to the few,
not to the many.
And from even further back this is shared:
Know that from this day on, each step
will be a step away,
you will never be as close as you are this day,
but give time to gentle silence,
it will spin threads
to bind you.