Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Family Photo, 1975

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Taken after the move from Florida to Washington
to make a new start, we were standing
under the petals of spring, holding daughters.

We did not know why one season
builds upon another, how limbs of trees
alter light.

The petals lured us,
like rain
and the call of the whippoorwill

from the hollow in the woods
where we could see our own eyes,
and willingly enter the dream.

It did not matter where we'd come from
-- we were standing under the petals of spring
holding daughters.

Denise Calvetti Michaels is mother to three daughters, and grandmother to Holden, Calder, and Maizie. Denise teaches psychology and human relations at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Washington. Her poems have appeared in Crosscurrents, Paterson Literary Review, Literary Mama, and King County Poetry on Buses. Her essay “Polenta” is included in The Milk of Almonds, Italian American Women on Food and Culture published by the Feminist Press, 2002. She was recently admitted into the Rainer Writing Workshop Low-Residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.

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