Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

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as every night,
i stand over you.

i place a cupped
hand on your chest to
feel your body fill with air.

for now you are fine,
for now.

emotion burbles
in my head,
leaks into my ears
and out of my eyes.

i want everything for

everything good

marshmallows, a lemonade
stand, white sand, green corn
tamales, sidewalks and marine
layer mornings

newsprint on your fingers,
bubble baths, earthworms in
black dirt, satellite t.v. and
and at least one big win

grilled tomatoes, a dog with
yawning eyes, a place to hide,
hammocks in the summertime

a moment like this

Rachel Iverson, former poetry editor of Literary Mama, teaches Humanities at a private school in Manhattan. In 2009, she will complete an M.F.A. in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught writing workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and she has studied writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her writing has appeared in anthologies, print journals and online magazines, including Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined, The Berkeley Fiction Review, Onthebus, dotmoms, and The Philosophical Mother, among others. She and her husband have a son and a daughter and are looking forward to adding a third child to their family through adoption in the fall of 2009.

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