Friday, December 14, 2018

Breaking Chains

Prose - Relationships losing ourselves along the way


Melded personality unrecognisable
from the person that I was
it seemed only moments when
deciphering me wasn't possible
chained, your shackles left no room
for movement ~ for me to be myself
without a smile I bid hello to mornings
blew goodnight kisses to the moon
with loss in my eyes

how did I let this happen
as if I was invisible
no thoughts, no rhyme or reason
allowing my identity to vanish
but I'm here, trapped, exploring
ways to escape without a broken heart
ungluing myself from your control
my existence does not need your breath
to smile once more at the moon and sun

to take the me from us

©jmtacken 21 Oct 2013

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About the Writer

I am the Author of The Empty Nest- A Mother's Hidden Grief. (EPub) This is available through Lulu and Amazon. The memoir is the story of my life as a mother, with an emphasis on the unspoken grief, which accompanies the process of letting go of one’s children as they grow up. As much as a mother loves her children, she must endure, at many stages of their growth, the pain of losing them. The inevitable “cutting of the ties” culminates when the day arrives for her children to leave home. For many women, this time coincides with profound personal changes of menopause and fiftieth birthdays. My own recent experience of this process prompted me to revisit my life as a mother, and to delve into the journals which I had kept since I was pregnant with my two daughters, some twenty years ago. The journals reveal the learning curves of motherhood and I was able to use this material to form both the chronological backbone of the memoir, and to expose the “heart” of the story in the touching and personal moments that I had recorded. Here are the links if you are interested.
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