Archive for March, 2010


You suffered

at her hand.

We watched,

helpless with bound hands.

They let her
torture            you,
neglect           you,
harm               you,
damage          you,
starve              you,

scar you

for life.

Allowed it under the guise of “mother”
Allowed it under the terms of the court
Allowed it under the system
Allowed it right under their noses.

How could they not?
Couldn’t she act so well
For a few moments?
She was so good, so savvy, so sly, so slick…

so sick.

But how could they not see
how ill,
how demented,
how twisted
when all they had to do was look?


their eyes and see
a tormented child?

We fought for your life.
We fought for your childhood.
We fought for your adulthood.

Made every sacrifice.
Made ANY sacrifice.
Made ALL there was to sacrifice.
That’s what parents do

GOOD ones.

Never a doubt.
Never a refusal
Never a retreat in our

We paid the price.
Any price.
All price.
For years
and years and years and years and years

And now…

so have my girls.

Wendy Fiore



You stand next to the bed
looking down at me
as I grasp for moments of rest to
recoup from the week…
What do you see?
Do you see any remnants
of the girl you used to know
the shriveled old woman
taking control of my body
My life?
Does it kill the spark?
Destroy the joy
that used to come so
Is there a still a
flicker or glimmer
that you used to have
for me?

When will your heart
at the sight of your love?

Am I your love
You reach down to pull the covers
over me
tucking me in
Someday soon I’ll feel
enough to make you feel
a sparkle
something to make you
remember why
you love me?

Wendy Fiore, 2010


On the day I was born

Mama walked into the hospital wheeling a suitcase behind her
lay down in the bed

and waited.

On the day I was born

Mama laughed with Daddy and Mere
and waited

for me.

On the day I was born…

the moment I was born
Mama heard me cry


for the nurses to bring me over to her.
She heard them wheel me
to the nursery


On the day I was born

the nurses wheeled my mama back to her room
lay her down in the bed

and she waited.

On the day I was born

I cried in the operating room,
I cried in the hallway,
I cried in the nurse’s arms,
I cried in the nursery.

On the day I was born,

I cried…

until the moment

the nurse
placed me in my mama’s arms

and Mama



Wendy Fiore, 2010

Teach…our children well…


“Test! Test! Test!”

“Push! Push! Push!”

You tiny little seed
so full of life and


Am I filling your
with energy


Am I sucking you dry
ripping your little
roots out of the dirt


to check

to see

if you’ve grown yet?


Wendy Giglio Fiore – 2010


Uh-huh…and what happens to men????

# Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling
# Irregular heart beat
# Irritability
# Mood swings, sudden tears (wasn’t this puberty?)
# Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats) (pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for the infant should have prepared us…)
# Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding
(SERIOUSLY? “Flooding”???); phantom periods, shorter cycles,
longer cycles
# Loss of libido (duh…)
# Dry vagina (see above…do we even need a wet one??)
# Crashing fatigue (CRASHING??)
# Anxiety, feeling ill at ease (who wouldn’t? Have seen this list??)
# Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom
# Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion (didn’t that come with pregnancy, breast feeding, mothering, etc.?)
# Disturbing memory lapses (that’s an understatement)
# Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence (because it was SO much while pregnant, we figured we’d just keep it.)
# Itchy, crawly skin
# Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons
# Increased tension in muscles
# Breast tenderness
# Headache change: increase or decrease
# Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea (again, because during pregnancy it was so much fun? What is it with this list??)
# Sudden bouts of bloat
# Depression (I’m depressed just reading this list…)
# Exacerbation of existing conditions (uh, yeah…)
# Increase in allergies
# Weight gain (a LOT of weight gain)
# Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
# Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
# Changes in body odor
# Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head (What??)
# Tingling in the extremities
# Gum problems, increased bleeding
# Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in
breath odor
# Osteoporosis (after several years) (The only symptom advertised…)
# Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
# Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, ‘whooshing,’ buzzing etc.

Seriously…is it even worth growing old?

Bah, humbug!


Morning comes to coax me~
It calls as if to mourn.
Early morning dew falling from my eyes

Calling to my conscious

the grief that never dies.
I drink a cup of brewed memories
Their taste a bitter concoction~

I awaken.
And die, just enough to survive

Wendy Fiore & Sarahi Almonte

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Must Move

You mention it…


and my world spins

out of control.

You say it …

with such enthusiasm,

your whole world

finally coming together.

So I question, if leaving,

if moving,

will make you happy


then what have I

offered you

all these years?

Wendy Fiore

I am…

I am a teacher. I am a lifetime learner. I am old and experienced. I am naive. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend. I am nothing special. I am spectacular. I am nothing without words.

Wendy Fiore

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