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    Mother Who Gave Me Life- Gwen Harwood

    is there somewhere where i can find the actual poem? orrrr could someone lovely please type it up for me?!
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    Re: Mother Who Gave Me Life- Gwen Harwood

    Here is the poem. I really liked it, hope you do to.

    MOTHER WHO GAVE ME LIFE


    Mother who gave me life
    I think of women bearing
    women. Forgive me the wisdom
    I would not learn from you.

    It is not for my children I walk
    on earth in the light of the living.
    It is for you, for the wild
    daughters becoming women,

    anguish of seasons burning
    backward in time to those other
    bodies, your mother, and hers
    and beyond, speech growing stranger

    on thresholds of ice, rock, fire,
    bones changing, heads inclining
    to monkey bosom, lemur breast,
    guileless milk of the word.

    I prayed you would live to see
    Halley’s Comet a second time.
    The Sister said, When she died
    she was folding a little towel.

    You left the world so, having lived
    nearly thirty thousand days:
    a fabric of marvels folded
    down to a little space.

    At our last meeting I closed
    the ward door of heavy glass
    between us, and saw your face
    crumple, fine threadbare linen

    worn, still good to the last,
    then, somehow, smooth to a smile
    so I should not see your tears.
    Anguish: remembered hours:

    a lamp on embroidered linen,
    my supper set out, your voice
    calling me in as darkness
    falls on my father’s house.

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