Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Wiping Bums

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looking left and right
she crosses the street
repeating the endless litany
of motherhood

take my hand
watch the light
don't go yet
run quick
it's turning yellow
do up your shoe
you dropped your mitt
don't hit her
you made him cry
give it back
give it back

but who wants it back
that life that used to be?
before sticky hands left
pictures on the window
before crayons found a way
to plug the sink
before a kiss could make it better
before first smile
first step
first tiny mouth on breast
before wiping bums


When she’s not creating hand-made books, Linda Lee Crosfield writes poetry and prose in Castlegar, BC. Her writing appears in The Fed Anthology: Brand New Fiction and Poetry from the Federation of BC Writers (edited by Susan Musgrave, Anvil Press 2003), Room of One’s Own, Word Works, Horsefly, Words Journal, The Nelson Quarterly, and Turning Points. In 2004 she published Ways to Get to Here, a chapbook of selected poems, through her imprint, NIB Publishing (NIB is an acronym for nose-in-book, where hers can usually be found). She is one of four writers who collaborated on The Noslen Enigma, a serialized satirical sci-fi soap opera romance, online from September 1998 to September 1999, and she helped record it for broadcast on Kootenay Co-op Radio. Her son, Jesse, is the single child of a single mother, now 23, and a father himself. Somehow, he knows what to do.


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