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Her Face
by F William (Bill) Broome

Monday, March 12, 2007
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Her Face

My younger sister and brother and I were told about it
and it seemed to be a good thing to happen
Momma said that she and Mister Boswell were going into town to be married by Judge Pinkston
Then a trip would let them get to know each other
while Grandmother stayed with us until next Sunday
Oldest at twelve I asked if he would be our new daddy
and the slow nodding answer made Momma look kind of sad
Her face didn't say she loved him
like I had read about in her romance magazines
After her laughing and happy husband-to-be came for her
I asked Grandmother if our Momma loved the man
Hearing her answers helped me to accept
what our loving mother was doing for all of us
The wise woman predicted that one day I would know
the sacrifices mothers make to provide for children
She said that we needed to keep Momma happy
to convince her about doing the right thing marrying again

2007 F William Broome

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Reviewed by Wendy Cooper (Reader) 6/7/2008
The title gave me no clue as to what to expect. The story really tugged at my heart. As a mom I know there is very little I would NOT do for my kids. "the sacrifices mothers make to provide for children" VERY true statement.
A very moving piece.
Reviewed by Kathryn Collins 3/14/2007
My Bill, this one brought me to tears and back to the title.

She said that we needed to keep Momma happy
to convince her about doing the right thing marrying again

such a sad tinge. Can't even express the places this takes me - about sacrifice and its value. This makes a good case for it, I think.

Your poetry prose is wonderful.

Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 3/13/2007
This brings to mind a story of a Civil War widow. Portions of her diary were printed and are on display at a local museum...a young woman with two young children who must remarry or starve..Both stories break my heart...thank you for writing a very poignant poem...
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/13/2007
I wish I had one like that, so, I can't comment.
But your piece is a little peekaboo of people's charmed life despite the hardships.
A man needs to do what a man needs to do, in this case a mother.
Thanks you for sharing, like revealing everytime a little piece of the quilt.
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 3/12/2007
A great title Bill! Certainly drew me in!
'The wise woman predicted that one day I would know
the sacrifices mothers make to provide for children'...
So true!
Love, Suzie :-D
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/12/2007
Reaches deep into heart and soul. As a mother I can relate...Excellent write of self-sacrifice...
Reviewed by CJ Heck 3/12/2007
This is very touching, Bill. Your mother loved you children very much. A well-written account of a mother's love, and a pleasure to read.
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 3/12/2007
This happened a lot during WWII. Women were brave for their families and went that extra mile. My grandmother, bless her heart, was divorced then and had 5 children to feed. My father and his identical twin were placed in an orphanage near her so she could visit them on the weekends. In every picture I see of her the eyes are the saddest and her heart was breaking continuously. She was a brave woman and life is a gravel road William. There are many stories where we can learn. Yours is one fine example of a mother's love.
Reviewed by Linda Hill 3/12/2007
Wow...Most powerful poetry.
Her face didn't say she loved him...but she loved her children enough to make the sacrifice. Amazing write! This one's going into my library. OUTSTANDING!

Many Blessings,

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