I Am Me, But Am I Also You?

Years unfold the mystery of my ancestors
My ever-aging body reveals them
My voice mimics them
My actions reflect them
The small frame of my father
Underneath the heavy-laden weight
Of his hidden-insoluble burdens
I feel him when my face
Contorts into a cry
The eyes of my mother
Twitching, blinking
I am an exaggerated caricature
Her quiet demeanor
Introvert and shy
Yet German-willed
Thank you mom
As if I don’t have enough adversaries
As long as they have been gone
They are with me
In me
I never will forget
Maybe that’s the point

dVersepoetspub.com prompt is body image. Write a poem about a trait or physical characteristic that I inherited.

Also offering this to Glo/napowrimo.net but not the prompt they suggested. They are optional. Too tired.

 

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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8 Responses to I Am Me, But Am I Also You?

  1. Waltermarks says:

    I like that German will, that will keep you

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  2. I feel him when my face
    Contorts into a cry
    and mother, “German-willed”

    But I like how you end the poem that we won’t “forget them” is lovely.

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    Yes indeed… they are there so you will remember,,, and reflect … and perhaps make them proud by what you have become. Very nicely done!
    Dwight

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  4. kim881 says:

    Those are fabulous opening lines, Mary:
    ‘Years unfold the mystery of my ancestors
    My ever-aging body reveals them
    My voice mimics them
    My actions reflect them’.
    I love the weight of hidden-insoluble burdens’ and the description of your mother as ‘Introvert and shy / Yet German-willed’ – a quiet strength.

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  5. Jo says:

    This is wonderful and your title is great too!

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  6. I love how you describe those parts of becoming more and more like them with aging…

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  7. Singledust says:

    you wrote about the best parts of both parents and I admire that very much.

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