Read Poem: You, by Ashley Corcoran

Genre: Family

 
you were seven
and a half
your mother told you
to hide,
quick
before your father came home
with a temper
and a belt

you were sixteen
and pregnant
your baby’s father
out running
his fingers
through someone else’s hair
while your morning sickness
kept yours
pinned back

you were twenty six
holding a new baby
in your arms
i’d kept you up for
three months
and your husband
comes home to
remind you
he would kill you
if you fell asleep
holding me

you were thirty three
holding me in your arms
as you wept
that it would be just us
now
it would be just us
now

you were thirty seven
and on a stress leave
from your back breaking
minimum wage job
trying with all your might
to stop me from becoming
my father
as you watched your little girl
drink
until she forgot
where she came from

you were forty four
i cried that you left
me for the wolves
for what he did to me
while you were
breaking your tired bones
putting food on the table
for me
making sure i’d never
know hunger
like you did

you were forty nine
when i realized
the woman before me
was a person
entirely imperfect
but selfless
doing the best she could
in a life
that had given you
so much less
than you deserved
i
had given you less
than you deserved

you have always
been
a mother
beautifully imperfect
but loving
beyond measure
doing the best she could
with what
her years
had given her.

-Ashley Corcoran, “threesixtyfivepoems.com”
 

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Deadline March 31st. Submit a poem that’s about something FAMILY and get it made into a movie. 

Accepting any poetry in any genre or length that’s aboutFAMILY in any way.

All poems will be posted on this network. Over 95,000 unique visitors a day. The winning poem will have their poetry made into a movie. SPECIAL NOTE: Every single entry will get their poetry performed by a professional actor and made into a video.

The RULES are simple:

1. Write a POEM that’s about FAMILY. Send it to this contest for $20 and it will be POSTED on this site guaranteed for 100,000s to see. Plus, every entry will get their poetry performed at the festival and made into a video. (you own all rights to this poem and whenever you want it taken down, send us an email).

2. Email your POEM to submission@festivalforpoetry.com in .pdf, .doc, .wpd, .rtf, or .fdr format or just cut and paste it into the body of the email.

3. SUBMIT as many poems as you like. One fee per poem entry.

4. The poem can be anything about FAMILY. An event/situation about FAMILY in general. Any topic from optimism, tragedy, to politics.

5. PAY THE $20 SUBMISSION FEE. Guaranteed post on this network. Results to be emailed by April 10th.

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You’re Not the Boss of Me!, Poetry by Cindi Walton

“You’re not the boss of me!” the kindergartner said
When his mommy told him, “Son, now it’s time for bed!”
“Wait till I turn 18, I’ll do just as I please”
Said the boy to his father as he took away his keys
“I’m 21 and DRINK; stop me if you dare!”

Genre: Family

You’re Not the Boss of Me!By Cindi Walton

“You’re not the boss of me!” the kindergartner said
When his mommy told him, “Son, now it’s time for bed!”
“Wait till I turn 18, I’ll do just as I please”
Said the boy to his father as he took away his keys
“I’m 21 and DRINK; stop me if you dare!”
His folks were concerned, but he didn’t really care
College came and went, and a job he did procure
Found a pretty brunette and asked to marry her
Bought a house in “Newville” where everything was new
The boss of his own destiny, to do as he would do
The years went by and children came, one, then two, then three
He had it all, life was grand, and this was his decree
“Look Mom and Dad” I did succeed, I knew it all along
You didn’t have to ride my butt and tell me right from wrong!”
The seasons changed, his kids grew up and then they started school
“You’re not our boss!” his children cried, he knew he’d been a fool
He saw now as a parent sees, through eyes just like his own
He knew he had a call to make, pulling out his phone
And when his parents answered, he said between his tears
You’re the “best boss” a kid could have; I thank you for the years
You never walked away and let me run amuck
The things you meant to teach, I DO BELIEVE they’ve stuck
Until we are a parent and see what parents’ see
We never can appreciate just how we came to be
Thank you to my Mom and Dad, who led, and did not fold
And made me see the value of ….Do as you are told!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOME AND HOSPITAL FOR THE INCURABLES, by Georgia Zapparoli
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/20/home-and-hospital-for-the-incurables-poetry-by-georgia-zapparoli/

THE SUN IN LOVE, by Fred Strydom
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/17/the-sun-in-love-by-fred-strydom/

I AM THAT SEED, by Steve Higgins
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/07/15/i-am-that-seed-poetry-by-steve-higgins/

DEATH, by Alejandro Salvador
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/06/27/death-poetry-by-alejandro-salvador/

FORGOTTEN, by Priya Prithviraj
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/06/22/forgotten-poetry-by-priya-prithviraj/

TIMELESS BELOVED, by Emmanuel Hampton
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/06/14/timeless-beloved-poetry-by-emmanuel-hampton/

VISITING GEMINI, by Lindaann Loschiavo
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/06/07/visiting-gemini-poetry-by-lindaann-lo-schiavo/

MY FATHER A WHISKEY, by Shiela Baysa
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/06/07/my-father-a-whiskey-poetry-by-shiela-baysa/

NOTHING CHANGED ME, by Miriam Beza
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/06/01/nothing-changed-me-poetry-by-miriam-beza/

THE ROOM, by Morca
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/05/31/the-room-poetry-by-morca/

INHERIT THE SIN, by Toto Chehandala
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/05/28/inherit-the-sin-poetry-by-toto-che-handala/

MY LIFE IN ORBIT, by Ken W. Simpson
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/05/28/my-life-in-orbit-poetry-by-ken-w-simpson/

THE SOLDIER, by Natashja Singleton
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/05/24/the-soldier-poetry-by-natashja-singleton/

A POEM FOR MOTHERS, by Caleb Owusu
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/05/23/a-poem-for-mothers-poetry-by-caleb-owusu/

MY JOURNEY, by Stephen McBride
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/05/23/my-journey-poem-by-stephen-mcbride/

THIS CALM, by Keith Lotter
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/05/15/this-calm-poetry-by-keith-lotter/

THE PLACES YOU LISTEN FOR, by Janet Weil
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/05/16/the-places-you-listen-for-poetry-by-janet-weil/

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