“you are like a gothic crow”

“…Being a mother requires a lot of sacrifice, you know, cooking and cleaning and nursing and washing diapers and scrubbing floors and teaching children to pray and hopefully be good citizens. It’s a full-time job, and I was devoted to it.

I had time set aside for myself early in the mornings or some time each day to study, work on poetry, sometimes write songs with my husband. So it was a time of pursuit of knowledge, which I like. I like to study. So I was never bored. I was never without the creative impulse, and it was a good life.”

(headline quote and the photo:  “Patti Smith with Her Children, Jackson and Jesse,” 1996)