My Mother Is Not My Mother

My mother is not my mother
She is a shell
Of the person she used to be

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1. My Mother Is Not My Mother

My mother is not my mother

She is a shell

Of the person she used to be

I look at her and I know;

Underneath those coffee curls

Those apple green eyes

That face just like mine

She is not my mother

She is a mask

 

My mother is gentle

My mother is selfless

My mother does not try to crush me as you do

Does not push me into that tiny box

That moulds me into that small person

You make me

 

My mother smiles

My mother makes me smile

You do not.

You staple my lips

Corner to cheek

Lip to chin

You curse my smile

And just like you, my smile is not mine

It is a mask of the girl I

Once was.

 

I haven’t seen you in a while

I tell you I miss you

And you smile because you don’t know

You are not you

And you don’t know

You worry me

You think you are you

And you have yourself fooled

Because your mask is not a mask

Not anymore

My mother is not my mother

Because my mother is

You.

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