I know you gave it all away
Mama, I know this
you don’t have to say it
Mama, I know you wanted more,
you left your past all by yourself
you knew that there was a way
Oh, gosh Mama you tried to dig a trench
to escape the real
Mama I watched as you acquiesced
I saw you kiss the hand, the one that struck
I listened as you placated the sharpest of tongues
I waited for you to defend your life, as it was flitted away
Mama I know you gave it up, it was what you were taught to do
Mama I am just like you

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Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson is the Creator and Publisher of Feminine Collective. Julie was inspired to create this safe place for women to share their secrets, desires, triumphs and pain as the antithesis of what mainstream media offers women today. In her column Pursuit of Perfection, she explores the importance of rectifying the balance of inner and outer beauty through essays, poems and articles on self-esteem, shame, family, and self- acceptance.

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