Abortion is a very serious and painful decision to make. The poem, “The Mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks, focuses on the painful struggle a woman is experiencing while dealing with the distress of a number of abortions in her past. The speaker expresses to the reader about all pain, agony, and the grief she is experiencing and that she had no other choice. It is an emotional and heart-wrenching poem where she talks about how she longs to be able to experience things with her kids that usually people take for granted.
The first line of the first stanza, the speaker begins by stating, “Abortion will not let you forget.” This statement catches the eye with powerful words and a strong presence. The mother is being haunted by her past abortions, not wanting to feel the pain. An example is shown in lines eleven and twelve: "I have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed/children" (ll. 11-12). The mother feels heartache and sorrow about what she did because she knows her mistake will be with her for the rest of her life. She will always hear those faint cries in her mind, which will never let her forget that she killed her children.
Brooks makes a compelling transition from telling the reader what the Mother is feeling to explaining to her children why she did what she did. She cannot control her emotions and all of the thoughts going through her head and this finally leads to a mental breakdown. It seems like she gets lost in her thoughts and her ranting and stops telling the readers how she is feeling and focuses more on speaking to her children. She asks the children to understand when she says,
“Believe that even in my deliberateness I was not deliberate.
Though why should I whine,
Whine that the crime was other than mine?
Since anyhow you are dead.” (ll. 23-26)
The mother is asking for her children to forgive her for being selfish and choosing her own life over theirs. The mother is asking...