Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Edge of the Nest

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Forty-five
I watch
My teenaged daughter
Run breathless
Into our house.
Refrigerator open,
She stops.
Turns to me
Eyes wide,
It's true, she says
My friends joke
I look just like you.
Could you get a different haircut?

Twenty-nine
I fold
Tiny white undershirts
In the second floor walkup
We rent in Belleville.
I pair
Tiny yellow booties
So everything will be ready
For this baby
For whom I will never
Be ready.
If time permits
I will get my hair cut.


Jessica de Koninck‘s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, Bridges, River King Literary Supplement, the Edison Literary Review, and others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Jessica is a graduate of Brandeis University and Boston University School of Law. She recently lost her beloved husband, Paul, to kidney cancer. Their daughter graduated from Brandeis University this year, where their son also attends as a freshman. In addition to writing poetry, Jessica is the Director of Legislative Services for the New Jersey Department of Education.


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