Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

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Already, he has fallen head first
off the back of the couch,
held a rusted nail in his mouth
without swallowing it down.
I keep the television black,
newspapers folded on the porch.
Still, the stories find me. Airplanes
fall from the sky with children in them.
A young man hikes into the mountains
and is never found. One night, my son
takes the hand of another four-year-old
and runs across a thoroughfare.
If I'd left him what he was, a thought,
I wouldn't have become this,
a crazy woman whispering thank you
to unseen beings in the air.

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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