|Tender Shoulders (standard:poetry, 161 words)|
|Author: Sarah||Added: Apr 02 2001||Views/Reads: 2491/5||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A poem about my youngest child, a girl, on the occasion of her older sister's wedding.|
TENDER SHOULDERS For Lisa I stare at my daughter's shoulders Revealed as they are by the dress it's deep cranberry color emphasizing the porcelain quality of her skin and dramatizing the long auburn hair Tender shoulders of a vulnerable woman-child Matron-of-honor she stands somber and thoughtful waiting to present the wedding ring at the designated time in the service of her sister's wedding Tender shoulders of a vulnerable woman-child Conceal the independence and determination pushing her since childhood to prove "I can take care of myself" rushing headlong into life and love oblivious of the consequences Tender shoulders of a vulnerable woman-child Your beautiful vulnerable shoulders do not seem strong enough to carry the weight of responsibility you bear and my mother's heart longs to reach out and crush you to my breast to hold you in my arms as I did in the long-ago time of your childhood when I had the privilege and the power to keep you safe Tweet
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