Mother Knows Best

“What did your father teach you about being a man? What did your mother teach you? How have you become a man like/unlike your father, a woman like/unlike your mother?”

-Kim Addonizio, “Ordinary Genius”

My mother taught me

         to be concerned about

                          my weight

                          my beauty

                          my clothes

She taught me

          to fear

                         strangers

                         men

                         the dark

Later she tried to teach me

                   to relax

                   to be me

                   that I’m beautiful

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