Self-Portrait with My Mother This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

July 31, 2014
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My mother is a woman of doubt.
She is a shadow behind a body
that she does not welcome as her own.
My mother holds wine bottles like
it is the only thing left of her.
I have learned to sing her faults.
How could I not,
when she's the voice that
rocks me to sleep every night.

Now my reflection is not my own
and the lines in my palms run like
the wrinkles around her eyes.
My mother stares at me with
wine-soaked lips
across the kitchen table. I reach
my hand out to her but it cracks
the glass wall of my bathroom mirror.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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TheMoonStillFollowsMe This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm
hauntingly beautiful. great job
 
AleMarquez This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm
Thanks!!:)
 
ORIanna said...
Aug. 12, 2014 at 2:09 am
I really felt a strong connection to this poem, it really touched me,
 
AleMarquez This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm
Thank you! I'm glad :)
 
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