Mother, by Julia McGee-Russell

Julia McGee-Russell's poem about and photo of her mother.

Julia McGee-Russell
11th March 2018
Image: Julia McGee-Russell

Mother, by Julia McGee-Russell

You are a crocus in the snow

The mast holding up our mainsail

You taught me I could be

Both woman and


You are unapologetic

In showing me your tears

In catching my own

With your cupped hands.

I built my successes on your shoulders

My first home, mother,

You blow smoke at the wind

And tell me,


Love yourself.’

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AUTHOR: Julia McGee-Russell
Deputy Editor of The Courier, previously Arts Sub-Editor and Head of News at Newcastle Student Radio. Lover of all things arts, culture, and self-care.

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