This is the purest, most sincere piece, and I am so happy that you have shared her past and continue to keep her beautiful memory, story and voice alive through it all. I've never been a mother so I cannot possibly understand the amount of love and sacrifice you give. I can't comprehend it nor measure it nor define it. All I know is that it flows through Robyn now...
I've often heard my own mother question herself and ask others if she could have done more. That broke my heart. It showed she cared and loved despite things that happened to me, whether my fault or not. She always wants my protection.
What is most meaningful is that you have shared this, that you are not ashamed, that both you and Bird speak with power and inspiration. Because you are not afraid to speak about the pain, the hardship, the darkness. It can't always be light. But the people who support and get you through the darkness are those that matter the most.
Ms. Andrea, this is by far the most heart wrenching piece I have read from you about Robyn. This is so raw and it gives us her story and I feel so so sad that she is suffering this illness at a very young age. Your strength as a mother and your art as a poet both shine in this write.
Maple, a rare rhyming piece from you and one that works really well here. There is a melancholy melody provided by the rhythm and rhyme.
Aside from the almost inconsequential technicalities of the piece (considering the subject matter) this is about as raw, honest and heartbreaking a piece of writing can be.