- Publisher: Barnwood Press
- Available in: Paperback
- ISBN: 0-935306-49-8
- Published: April 1, 2005
Gone So Far is a chapbook of poems that focuses on the poet’s relationship with her mother, now aging and afflicted with dementia. In the mother’s fragmented and confused utterances, which are often quoted, Martha Collins has found both eloquence and wisdom.
The poems in Gone So Far have not appeared in a full-length collection.
When I am old, help me to know I am old And cannot help it. Help me to know myself When I cannot help myself. When I do not know Myself, let me forget what cannot be helped.
Gone So Far
I'm lost and I can't be found pastures valley waters cup They put me out and I can't go back as through a glass those little girls My clothes remind me of who I was Of course I'm your mama. We're just that close through all the days of once was then All those years, ever since, you know, then I try to be the same but I can't I have been young and only now I've gone so far and this is the end so many voices so much light My body aches it aches with sorrow and shall not anymore