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Doug Anderson: Tucson, 1954

One night when I was eleven,
when my mother swung to hit me
I reached up and grabbed her hand
and was surprised at my own strength.
We both knew then
there would be no more beatings.
I walked out in the desert that night.
There was a warm and gentle wind.
An angel came up to me
from a clump of mesquite.
I could not quite see her
but she was soft. Her arms
were soft and she held me.
I knew then that I would be all right.
And in time, other angels came.

—-

copyright 2014 by Doug Anderson. 

published by permission of the author.

6 comments on “Doug Anderson: Tucson, 1954

  1. daniel
    December 22, 2016

    such a powerful, down to earth, telling of a moment with your mother—sad, beatings—then the angels were wonderful as you brought them in…and the closing lines were so strong, played against the incident that started the poem: “Her arms
    were soft and she held me.
    I knew then that I would be all right.
    And in time, other angels came”—-an altogether wonderful poem, moving from the concrete misery to a world of hope…..

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Vox Populi
    December 22, 2016

    This is such a beautiful poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Rachel
    September 4, 2015

    Are you the Doug Anderson from the drama department in Tucson years and years ago? It looks like you. I am Rachel (I changed my name from Claire). Most of the people I knew in high school are dead. Nice to know you aren’t.

    Best wishes,
    Rachel

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