Napowrimo 2018 Day 7
Today’s prompt. In our interview, Kyle Dargan suggests writing out a list of all of your different layers of identity. For example, you might be a wife, a grandmother, a Philadelphian, a dental assistant, a rabid Phillies fan, a seamstress, retiree, agnostic, cancer survivor, etc.. These are all ways you could be described or lenses you could be viewed through. Now divide all of those things into lists of what makes you feel powerful and what makes you feel vulnerable. Now write a poem in which one of the identities from the first list contends or talks with an identity from the second list. This might turn out to be kind of a “heavy” exercise, emotionally, but I hope you will find the results enlightening.
I am a chronically ill Mum,
Who deals with daily pain.
Sometimes I push past it,
Sometimes I’m just too drained.
I battle every day,
To do the things I need to do.
This means I pay the price.
It can leave me feeling blue.
My kids have learned to help,
To fulfill some household chores.
Sometimes they’ll cook the meals.
It can mean their stuck with me indoors.
We have a lot of duvet days.
I feel guilty when I see others on days out.
I feel my illness has let them down.
It makes me want to shout.
On the other hand,
Its made them an understanding, caring two.
But I’d rather be illness free,
So I can do what other Mums do.
By Katie Haigh