Most moms get presents on Mother’s Day, however Amber Tamblyn is not most mothers. Instead of ready for a flowery current or <shudder> brunch, she determined to give one thing to her daughter to commemorate her first Mother’s Day as a mother: an emotional poem.
Tamblyn welcomed her daughter, Marlow, in February, and used her poem – which was revealed on Amy Poehler’s website, Amy Poehler’s website, Smart GirlsSmart Girls – to share her experiences each earlier than and after she gave delivery.
In “Y for Yes,” Tamblyn speaks to her daughter concerning the impact becoming a mother has had on her, and the way she plans to train her daughter to be a strong lady.
She began by writing about her daughter’s precise start:
“Yes, my abdomen openedlike an eye and I blinked youinto being, sweet little tear;My single shed rose,daughter of the body’s equator,a spit of hope from my gut’s duct.Yes, after you dripped loose,they stapled me closedwith two dozen metal eyelashesbatting into my skin.”
Then she went on to handle her expertise of being pregnant during the election, and the distinction between what was occurring on the planet and what she was experiencing as her daughter grew inside her. Just weeks earlier than giving start, Tamblyn participated within the Women’s March, which she acknowledged within the poem:
“Yes. I marched with youin a war of women in Washingtonwhen you were ready to be born,against doctor’s orders,against better judgments,against a systemthat wants our livesnot lived.”
She completed the poem with a message to Marlow about her fears and needs as a father or mother for her as she grows up.
“Yes. I cannot keep you completely safe.Yes. It breaks me to know that I can’t.Yes. You will know pains I never wanted you to.Yes. I will be there for some but not all.”
And she made positive to embrace her wishes for her daughter to ignore the unfavorable influences our society can have on women.
“Yes. We are imperfect and our imperfections are wars we will not wage on ourselves.Yes. I will teach you beauty by a different definition.Yes. I will expect everything for you and nothing from you.Yes. I will love you as your own, not my own.Yes. I will teach kindness to your body.”
Tamblyn has been writing poetry since she was a child, and in “Y for Yes” she put phrases to emotions and experiences that many moms have a tough time articulating. Her love for her daughter is obvious, and her appreciation for a way turning into a mom has modified her, bodily from her stretch marks to her c-section scar to internally being humbled by her presence.
“Yes. I love you bigger and brighter than a new galaxy’s birth,” she wrote within the candy tribute. The phrases could also be Tamblyn’s personal, however I am positive all mothers can relate to the overwhelming feeling of affection this poem expresses.
Read the entire poem here.
[h/t Huffington Post]
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