Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
The Beginnings of Rain

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One day I stopped trying, frying, and buying
goods for the house. I stepped back from countertops,
let the crumbs wilt, and listened
from behind walls to the sounds of heaving.
My family, motherless, giving birth to itself.
My husband, screeching, like I used to do,
at all he had to do before the next errand.
And the children, coming to him,
as they used to do to me, with knees
bleeding, tummies hungry and bodies
to be put to bed. And I listened,
from behind walls, to the winds inside
my own skin, shut the windows of my fingers,
refused to lift a hand, heard the storm stirring,
clouds converging over my own dry land,
and listened to the beginnings of rain.

Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D. is the author of 13 books, most recently Earth Joy Writing. The book includes writing prompts for every month of the year, plus audio meditations and video workshops. She teaches an innovative online course combining mindfulness and feminist theory for women academics called The Feminar. Cassie is currently working on a memoir about how coming out returned her to her mother and her faith.

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