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thepoeticunderground: "Mum" May 21st. I know this probably would have been better to post around mothers day, but it’s my mum’s birthday soon so I wrote her this poem. It’s pretty cheesy I must admit.

Patrick Stewart: "Our house was small, and when you grow up with domestic violence in a confined space you learn to gauge, very precisely, the temperature of situations. I knew exactly when the shouting was done and a hand was about to be raised – I also knew exactly when to insert a small body between the fist and her face, a skill no child should ever have to learn. Curiously, I never felt fear for myself and he never struck me, an odd moral imposition that would not allow him..."

"Still Held" -John Mark Green It’s hard to know how to comfort someone who has had a loved one die. Whatever we can say seems so inadequate, and our words can easily trivialize their suffering. Sometimes the best thing we can offer them is our presence - just be with them. This poem was written for a mother who had suffered the unspeakable pain of losing her child.

In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of books and movies, the character Narcissa Malfoy's, played by Helen McCrory, name is inspired by the myth of Narcissus because of the selfish and self-serving nature of her family.

I ran on empty for a long time when my kids were little. I wouldn't recommend it. It's hard to be a good Mom when you aren't taking care of yourself. I was angry overwhelmed depressed and unhappy. by robinmcfadyen

Tuesday's Top Ten...I'm not totally sure what this means but to me it speaks to the times in life when something that should take you down actually becomes an opportunity for you to grow. Hard but good.

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