Artist: Augustus John
b. January 4, 1878, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales; d. October 31, 1961, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England
Title: Two Jamaican Girls
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Mother, I keep praying the parts of you
out of me & yet you keep returning,
always wearing a second hand dress
always fraught and wayward
always sunbathing in grief;
refusing to love any one island or man.
& you know how hard I’ve tried to not disappoint you
but how I’ve innately become a wound on the flesh salted,
& how you have carried me like a knife on the tongue twisting
& how each time I tried to say goodbye it was your maternal glory
that choked me & I couldn’t let go,
just like you couldn’t bear to love the one who reminded you of yourself,
& how each time you tried you recited prayers of your own:
Dear Lord, you have buried a gun in my womb please don’t shoot
"Daughter Hymn" has been published by America Magazine September, 2020
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