One of todayâ€™s greatest controversies is all summed up in one poem. â€œThe motherâ€ by Gwendolyn Brooks, is about abortion and emotions that the mother feels by making such a decision. The mother feels content and little regret about the abortion. Hell, one should feel so lucky to. .
In the whole first stanza the narrator is telling others how she feels about not being a mother; perhaps she is giving advice: â€œYou will never neglect or beat/them, or silence or buy with sweetâ€¦.â€ The narrator means that if one chooses to have an abortion she wonâ€™t have a chance to do all the things other momâ€™s have the chance to. For example, she will never get to punish or spoil a child. .
The second stanza is also from the motherâ€™s point of view: â€œI have heard in the voices of the wind the voices of my dim killed children.â€ She hears them, and they still live with her. When she says, â€œI have contracted. I have easedâ€ the mother has come to an agreement and is free from worry, pain, and discomfort. Going through day after day, knowing that the mother has killed an innocent baby, she finally realizes that it was her choice and came to an agreement with herself that she doesnâ€™t need to worry anymore. The second portion of the second paragraph is a vital and powerful section of the poem. The line â€œAnd your lives from your unfinished reach,â€ could mean several things. One idea is that the mother may not have reached a goal in life, which she had planned on before the abortion happened. After having an abortion, many people feel guilt, regret and depression. Another meaning is that the child hasnâ€™t had a chance to get a goal to not reach. .
The third stanza presents a small sense of regret from the mother. One of the lines in the third stanza is â€œIf I stole your births and your names, / Your straight baby tears and your games, /Your stilted or lovely loves, your tumults, your marriages, aches, and/ Your deaths,â€œ This line is a crucial line because it does show that little regret that she did have towards that fetus she once had.