Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
The Night We Decide on Divorce

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Our son sleeps beneath his quilt
with the bright triangle fish,
his stuffed dog tossed and trapped
between the mattress and wall.
Water warms to the temperature of air
in its plastic cup by the bed
and clothes still smelling of juice and sun
lay heaped on their corner of floor.
His shelves of toys
form their usual shapes in the dark
while he breathes in a rhythm
*mealtime, playtime, bath*
like the day he rests from
and the day he expects
come morning.


Ona Gritz is the author of two children’s books, two collections of poetry, and a memoir. Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including The Utne Reader, MORE magazine, the Bellingham Review, and, most recently, The Truth of Memoir: How to Write about Yourself and Others with Honesty, Emotion, and Integrity by Kerry Cohen. Ona lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Her son Ethan is a college freshman.


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