Thursday, June 18, 2009


It was just
another example,
she thought,
of how wrong
she had been
about this
whole business
of motherhood.

No one told her
she would
gladly give up
idolizing her
Master's Degree
to wipe
tiny butts and noses.

She had not
considered that,
even though,
out of necessity,
she had maintained
a career presence,
the truest part
of her identity
was always as
their mom.

And she had
never known that,
in the end,
she would feel
as though
her heart
spent each day
and night,
hovering like
a ghostly presence,
unseen and

over her grown children.

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