harsh mothers are still mothers
they teach us independence and strength
making us thick-skinned
they teach us truth early
they teach us war and revolution
within ourselves

some memories
don’t leave your bones
like salt in the oceans
they become a part of you
and you carry them like scars
the invisible kind
only visible when light shines on them

now I know exactly
what I’m made of
exactly how I came
to find myself in this place

harsh mothers are still mothers
who sometimes
give birth to their pain
instead of children


Originally appeared on Life in 10 Minutes.