Our Mothers

whose influences, we said,
made us passive and over-polite
whose relationships with our fathers
we derided at consciousness-raising groups
whose embroidered pillowcases still accuse us
on the shelves of our modern lives

they have become interesting old women
they are too busy to write often
they wish we wouldn't worry about them
they are firm about babysitting
they are turning out okay

Leona Gom (1986)