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The speaker in the poem "For My Mother (May I Inherit Half Her Strength)" by Lorna Goodison is the daughter of the woman being eulogized, her mother. The daughter tells her mother's story from the love at first sight with a cricket player come up to her town for a cricket match. He, dressed in blazer and serge pants and she, standing by the oleander fell in love at first sight. He never played cricket that day.
The daughter goes on to chronicle her mother's life of sacrifice and hardship as she raised nine children, while he had a special female "friend." The daughter tells of her father's funeral, also attended by the "friend," and of how her mother sewed black dresses for all the women in the family and buried her husband of nine children with a straight-backed dignified walk and dry eyes.
Finally, the daughter tells how one day, while peeling bananas, her mother realized that for one time, she didn't have to be brave and cried--she cried for herself and for the husband she loved.
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