2009 [ Mom | Becoming a Writer ]


August —
Mom dies
so suddenly;
I remain
in Washington.


in trying to find
my way through
I send her
my first poems.
Mom likes them.

At her death,
everything falls
away, revealing
my failures
& our silences.

It’s reappraisal time:
I leave cubicle life
to write full-time.

So little time.
I’ll write about Mom,
I’ll write.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo ~ 2013 | My Day 7
April 10, 2013

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to 2009 [ Mom | Becoming a Writer ]

  1. This is very powerful–how the first section conveys its shock so directly, and the second section, your resolve.

  2. Hello Jennifer,

    Thank you very much.

    I’m still processing these events from 2008/2009.

    Sincerely, Andy

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