Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
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(for Nadia)

What I carry with me?
Secrets. Peppermints. The smell of rain.

What I remember?
Specks of ash on a warm baked egg.

What I know?
How many songs till bedtime.

What I forget?
The exact color of my grandmother's eyes.

What I left behind?
Light on the river the morning you were born.

What I learned yesterday?
How to dance a jig barefoot, with bunions.

Where I'm going tomorrow?
With you, to a meadow of daffodils blooming like days.


Lisa Suhair Majaj is a Palestinian-American writer, scholar, and mother. She has co-edited three collections of critical essays: Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers; Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist; and Intersections: Gender, Nation and Community in Arab Women’s Novels. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Worlds in our Words: Contemporary American Women Writers and Homemaking:Women Writers on the Politics and Poetics of Home. Her essay on balancing parenting and the writing life, “E-mail to the Muse,” is forthcoming in Scheherazade’s Legacy: Arab-American Women on Writing. She lives in Cyprus with her husband, her seven-year-old daughter and her two-year-old son (who, when not trying to disassemble the computer, frequently helps with typing).


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