She’ll never know the young woman 

she could have been if she didn’t 

grow up under your hawk eye criticism.

You talk about her big Italian nose

and her spilled out thighs 

as if that nose didn’t come from you and your mother.

As if her first breathe wasn’t between yours.


  1. This is a brutal and very effective piece of writing, particularly for anyone who has experienced similar circumstances. It takes a long time to overcome this sort of thing, particularly when that critical voice has been internalized, but it can be done. Thank you for sharing this.


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