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Litterateur redefining world                      December 2020

              Jack Foley's Mother Juanita
               Teriolo (later shortened to
                 Terio): 1898-1964.
               Many, many years after his mother's death, Jack Foley wrote this  poem about their relationship

                               I tried to argue. she said, "Not after what I've done."
                               God knows what guilt lay on her soul.
                               her suffering was perhaps her real redemption.

                               whatever she did she paid for with pain.
                               time roared between us. had I been older
                               I might have understood. she had intelligence

                               but nothing for it to act upon except
                               the prejudices of her family and her station. I can see her
                               in my mind's eye, in the photograph that made Judy Grahn exclaim,

                               "Oh, she was beautiful," her strong smile and good teeth
                               that I have inherited. can I say now, and mean it,
                               as I did as a child, "I love you, mommy"

                               and thank you for the good that you did for me
                               though I could not thank you then. How many times I kissed her
                               and held her. how much at this moment I miss her

                               and regret the horrible misunderstanding
                               that could never, never be solved.
                               Good night, mother. May you have slept well

                               through the long corridor of these painful, happy years.
               Jack- Early to
               middle 1940s.

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