Trauernde | a poem

I don’t know my children at all

she looked at her son in disbelief

her son had abandoned the body she bore

the body that holds on to her

she looked at the opposite of his birth

she wanted his life

he wanted his death

she looked at his body without him

and everything she poured into it

where is it now

where is he now

she is looking at someone

she was not meant to see

the opposite of birth

I cannot see inside my children

my body as foreign as theirs

how close can we be

death hadn’t looked familiar in his face

unrecognisable

he had felt so light

he had felt so light

and her gaze sinks into him

life immaterialised

death before her eyes

it bears the shape of her son now

I don’t know my children at all

My own drawing © Laura Gentile 2021 | Instagram: @melpomenepaintings

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