While researching articles for my english paper about the portrayal of a blended families in two books, I stumbled across these poems. The second poem was inspired by the first.
Mothers and Daughters’
by David Campbell (1915-1979)
The cruel girls we loved
Are over forty,
Their subtle daughters
Have stolen their beauty;
And with a blue stare
Of cool surprise,
They mock their anxious mothers
With their mothers’ eyes.
“Stepmothers and Stepdaughters”
by: Lesley Walter, 2000
Daughters sit at their fathers’ tables, stare at them with the mothers’ cool blue eyes,
They brush back thick cloned hair, flutter passed-down lashes,
swell from skimpy too-tight tops and slinky low-cut dresses.
and mock their mid-life stepmother with the breast of once loves wives.