Tag: mothers


Heirlooms

upright grand piano, tilted
Grandma taught us all
that her sickly parents
sent her down
to the old-timey version
of what we all came to know
as Pic 'N' Save
with a pocketful of nickels and old-timey coupons
to buy old-timey expired food
so big girl Grandma could portion out little pieces
for her …
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Three Deep Breaths

Reading the news
and all the angry discussion
about which lives matter
enough to be angry about, particularly,
and which lives matter not
particularly but only beneath
a blanket statement of generalized compassion
(assuming compassion and prayer
are a zero-sum game),
I keep thinking
about my body
and about three …
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Raspberry

Taking me
not seriously
but tenderly
the Mother makes it better
with a kiss that turns
into a raspberry.
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What Martyrdom Means to Me

"and when I heard that, a distant chime went off for me,
remembering a time when I believed
that I could simply live without it."

—Tony Hoagland, "What Narcissism Means to Me"

Oh, what a thrill to be juggled!
One touch and you're soaring. Up you go,
delirious, until the …
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Sustenance and Change

"Whatever is foreseen in joy
Must be lived out from day to day
Vision help open in the dark
By our ten thousand days of work.
Harvest will fill the barn; for that
The hand must ache, the face must sweat."

—Wendell Berry, "Sabbaths" (1979, X)


In each system, some …

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Apotheosis

They need gods
and gods don't last forever.
Thus every so often
at a most celebrated temple or palace
the people hold a pageant. Any child who wants to
—or whose mother wants her to—
competes to prove she can contain it all.
What a wonder to be chosen! Or …
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Earth to Ursa Major

My mother is a mother bear, defender
of all children everywhere
from all danger everywhere, including
their own mediocre parents. Mom taught me
never to drive away
until I see my classmate disappear
safely into his front door.
(Often some locked-out kid
would come over to scarf down my after-school …
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