“Someone said that mums are the rocks that never crumble.I don’t think that’s true, ‘cause I do.” Lines from poet Hollie McNish, who’s been awarded the prestigious Ted Hughes Award.
Posted by Channel 4 News on Thursday, March 30, 2017
“What’s my name again?” starts with Hollie McNish, an award-winning poet and mother, as she reads a poem about a mom’s identity from her book, Nobody Told Me. The book is a memoir of poems about parenthood, but this one in particular is so completely relatable.
As parents, it’s easy to lose our identity. We are entrenched in the lives of our children and become a different version of ourselves. Not necessarily in a bad way, but in a way where we have to constantly remind ourselves of who we are as people outside of motherhood. While we spend our time worrying about the care and the needs of our own children, we forgo our individuality. Holly’s poem touches on so many relatable areas of parenthood, that it makes me feel relief knowing how many mothers far and wide, across countries, share the same sentiments. I love her words. Words are powerful and can carry so much weight. She inspires me in her creative expression. “Someone said that moms are the rocks that never crumble,” she reads. “I don’t think that’s true, ’cause I do. . . . We are parents, but we are people. . . . We are rocks crumbling sometimes in love that’s so heavy. We are storytelling experts and our stories are many.”
Thank you for sharing, Hollie.