Writing Prompt #153 “Collage 20” – Mother and Daughter


When the old lady saw she stopped.

There were triggers of past times

A little girl who was different

Who sought out attention,

Who wanted to be what she wasn’t.

A teenager who flouted rules, stayed out late,

Who never wanted for anything.

She knew they always feared

The elephant in the room,

The accident waiting to happen,

Which when it did, estrangement began.

Years of worry, searching, rescue,

Running from life, spurning the mother’s love.

Peace offerings manipulated

Buy this buy that, nothing sweet was appreciated

She wanted bigger and better, brighter and righter.

But the spiral had begun.

She vanished, popped up here and there

Then nothing.

Now she was ill, the old lady wanted to reach out

But the past dictated otherwise.

Bad habits and bad memories

Hurt, pain and turmoil.

She stood back from the sidelines

Waited for the call she dreaded

But saw it coming.

Her daughter turned into a wild child,

But life the mother knew was precious.

She was her daughter no matter what,

The old lady mused with a tear on her cheek.

This mother would always love her child.


Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/writing-prompt-153-collage-20/

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9 Responses to Writing Prompt #153 “Collage 20” – Mother and Daughter

  1. we never stop worrying on our children, right? well-penned Michael 🙂

  2. kim881 says:

    An old story, beautifully told.

  3. wildchild47 says:


  4. Bittersweet is a great way to describe this, it plays on my own fears as a mother

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