Some days, like today, I wish I could just step out of it all just for a moment, long enough to catch the breath I lost somewhere between becoming Woman and becoming Mother.
Some days, to be Mother is to press flat against the packed mud I left indented in my rock bottom.
Some days, to be Mother is to dig and dig beneath what is left of my forgotten corpse and reveal the remains of what I longed for, the bones of my selfishness, and the chains of my distended freedom.
Those days, when to be Mother means the opposite of Mother, my toe traces the line that keeps me from the edge, curling over sharp loathing holding me back.
Oh, I talk about it. I am honest and open and so fucking real.
I hide behind this realness. I confess it. I shout it so that it will not linger in darkness, shining light like a cloak, and I pretend I’ve exposed myself.
I even reach out to others with comfort and love and understanding… so much understanding.
Because I get it, I really do.
I know these days well.
I should know that on those days I am not looking for love and attention. I am looking for reprieve. And no one can give it to me.
If a Mother falls to her knees, does she even make a sound?
If a Mother breaks free, does she ever hit the ground?
If a Mother is not a Mother, what is she?
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