A Chapter by Debbie Barry

Written at Basic Training, a poem to my mother.




July 5, 1987

Mother, I need you now.
Mother, I love you.
Mother, your baby girl
Is crying for help.

Mother, I need your help.
Mother, I need support.
Mother, your baby girl
Is suffering now.

Help me, Mother.
Help me stop crying.
Help me come home
To be a mother like you.

Help me, Mother,
To get over my father.
Help me stop crying -
Take the hurting away.

Mother, I need you now.
Mother, I'm crying.
Your grown baby daughter
Needs release from this pain.

For Mom, with love, from Basic Training.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 18. Initial reactions appreciated.

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The yearnings of a young girl, after making the mistake of her life. Makes me think of my own brother, who had no real choice, but to volunteer for the Army rather than face the draft. He was too young for the things he saw and had to do in Viet Nam, it ruined his life.

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My Childish Poetry


Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..