S&F Online

The Scholar and Feminist Online
Published by The Barnard Center for Research on Women

Issue 2.3 - Young Feminists Take on the Family - Summer 2004

All Alone She Tried
Vanessa Raney

To Graciela

My mom works long
hard hours
She's got sardonic
wit hides behind

a mind
numb only recently
ferreted I tell you
there's a woman
in there pretending
suppressed by life

pushed back from
the grind
as a family we were
one child not enough
on paper too much
stamped denied

all alone she tried
college interrupted
by a child too
dependent a
marriage that ended
she wasn't from here

didn't know the tricks
where to turn
but she tried
sent her daughter to college
taking in debt
the kind that can't

she sees others
with homes new cars
money that wasn't
earned except they
had more than one
child less than the line
these were accepted

but her
accused she's a trump
no way she can worry
money no problem
then where did it go?

Return to Top      Return to Online Article      Issue 2.3 Homepage