Saturday, February 21, 2009

Who am I?

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'Alone'


I found this poem the other day when I was looking through old papers - I don't remember when I wrote it.



Who am I when I'm alone,

when I am not being a daughter,

doing as her mother taught her -

who am I when I'm alone?



Who am I when I'm alone,

when my brother needs no keeping,

and our rivalry is sleeping -

who am I when I'm alone?



Who am I when I'm alone,

when I have no lord and master,

husband, consort, mate or partner -

who am I when I'm alone?



Who am I when I'm alone,

when I'm not my children's mother,

quick to succour, not to smother -

who am I when I'm alone?



Who am I when I'm alone,

when my roles have all been taken:

tiny fragment left forsaken -

who am I when I'm alone?



Who am I when I'm alone,

do I know this someone other,

do I like her, even love her -

can I live with her alone?



[The fractal image entitled 'Alone' was created by Sven Geier. You can see many more on his website. He generously makes them freely available to everybody, for which I thank him.]
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3 comments:

Avus said...

I like it very much indeed, Judith. Shame you cannot remember when or why you wrote it.

Kate said...

It's lovely. With your permission, I'd like to link to it.

Lee said...

Very thoughtful, thought provoking.